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1/26/11 10:39 A

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Thanks everyone for the responses, great advice. Lots to think about, I certainly agree about the importance of getting a bike that fits you properly. As soon as the weather warms up I will off to my LBS for proper measurements and spending a few hours taking test rides. Can't wait!

Can't wait for spring to roll around so I can get outside and start riding again. While I love spinning class during the colder months, I miss riding outside!

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1/25/11 7:57 A

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Thank you both for replying. This Spark community thing is pretty darn amazing so far. i had no idea about it until a day ago. When i bought my last road bike there weren't a lot of companies making women's specific bikes. Cannondale's only had 650 wheels. I got the Allez Dolce because it was the only one at the time that had 700 wheels. i'm just 5' 1" so i also need the handle bars in and a shorter reach as well as less distance to reach my brakes. I may well take my current seat to the grave, even though it is duct taped to high heaven. It fits me perfectly and without that i'm a gonner. I'm in upper-middle-youth, ( 56 now) so i'm also looking for a bit of a softer ride. Specialized Ruby is a wonderful bike, but there are now others who have realized that women's bikes are a great market, so i'm looking. My local bike store is very good about fitting me. My current bike is a 44cm, so it's pretty little. i just ended a 34 year marriage, ( AMEN!) so i'm even more about fitness and health. My first purchase ( after attorneys) is going to be my new bike. Some of my friends laugh, as there are quite a few other things that appear to be more practical to buy first- but i'm finding a new sweet ride. :) Thank you each for responding, this is a time of my life in which i very much am looking for new connections. After 34 years you might imagine that the everyone i've known is connected to my ex and you would be right. So a safe place where people are all on the same page- get strong, have fun and ride... much more of a blessing than you might imagine. It's suicide grey here in Columbus, Ohio today- but spring is coming!!

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1/25/11 1:33 A

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I agree about fit!
There are a lot of very nice bikes out there, but if it doesn't fit right, it will hurt to ride it so you won't want to ride as much or as far.

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.”
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1/24/11 7:38 P

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okay so other people have said it but it bears repeating many times....fit, fit , fit ,fit and fit. If it doesn't fit you well it is not the bike for you! Also if you are used to a mountain bike you might not want a agressive fit. I don't know this bike off hand but Specialized is a reliable brand and the components are most likely shimano. Then again there are many reliable brands most spec'ed with shimano...or maybe, but less likely SRAM or campy. So basically they are not very much different at each pricepoint. However if the bike does not fit you, you will be miserable and less likely to ride it. So my advice...don't set your mind on a particular bike. Find a bike store that is willing to take some time fitting you and get some suggestions for your price range. Then decide what to get. If the bike shop does little more than measure your inseam they are not fitting you properly, especially when you pick up your bike.

I always need narrower handlebars and a shorter stem than the bike is equiped with. I know this because they measure every part of me and put me on a trainer and measure some more. If your bike shop is unwilling to do this and change out parts where needed..find a new bike shop.

In short...fit is the first, second and third priority when buying a bike!

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1/24/11 4:28 P

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I see this is sort of an economized version of the Specialized Roubaix, which I've heard great things about.

I bought the Specialized Tricross last year for road bike use and have been VERY pleased with it!

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1/24/11 4:20 P

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Get it if:

1) It fits you
2) You can afford it
3) You like the shop you bought it from
4) You like the looks
5) It fits you

Otherwise shop around.

You'll get no specific recommendations from me as what I like may not be what you like and vice versa...

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1/24/11 4:13 P

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I purchased my 1st roadbike last year. The one thing I learned is the bike has to fit you well and be comfortable. That should be the number one factor. Only you can tell the difference by test riding a number of bikes. I ended up with a Jamis Xenith Endura and love it. I road many different top brands, but this bike just spoke to me and enjoyed the ride. Good Luck...go by your own review!

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1/24/11 3:52 P

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Good opinion in this Road Bike Review link
http://forums.roadbikereview.com/showthr
ead.php?t=180173

You don't need to take advice from anyone....
But, the folks on this team all mean well so might might be worth considering.
I have an aluminum frame and am not embarrasded to admit it. Top flight components, very light, very fast. I don't ride huge long distances but I don't notice all this vibration stuff. I have carbon fork which is a great help on any road bike. Also have carbon bars and seat post but other than bling factor I don't know if they really do much. I had carbon frame before and like this better.
All that being said, If you chose this bike to meet your budget, I suggest that you look at higher quality used on Craigslist and/or eBay. Spend the same amount on a much better bike that someone is selling as they upgrade. As long as it fits you, most important factor, you won't be disappointed and won't be looking to trade up in a year or two.

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1/24/11 3:49 P

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i don't know that one...i've done the NY AIDS ride a few times and i did part of the Pan-Mass challenge 2 years ago...only the 49 mile route...the entire ride is 192 miles...haven't conquered that kind of distance yet...whats the ragbrai?

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1/24/11 3:47 P

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I road a Specialized road bike for 3500 miles and I liked it a lot but that was back in 2004. I had a hybrid last year for a few months but the Specialized wasn't a good fit for my body. It was a great ride but now I ride an Orbea great fit and so love the ride. I think it has to do a lot with the fit.

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1/24/11 3:44 P

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Sounds like you ride lots! I've loved my Specialized but it's seen better days and has had a few moments on the pavement- not in the upright position. So it's time this spring. Do you do any tours? My favorite is RAGBRAI! Know it?

It's amazing how how we often can exert some control over an otherwise chaotic life one pedal stroke at a time. - Lou Mazzante

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.

If a hurricane doesn't leave you dead, it will make you strong. Jimmy Buffet

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1/24/11 3:33 P

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I ride a specialized road bike and I love it...off the top of my head I don't know what model it is but its 5 years old and I got it at then end of a season...it has carried me several thousand miles

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1/24/11 3:27 P

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I am a raleigh guy I don't know anything about that brand. But the road bike sounds like a good move. And you will be happy at how it will feel in those group rides! Good luck and keep the rubber to the road.

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1/24/11 3:24 P

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I currently have a Specialized Hard Rock Mountain Bike with street tires and put 850+ miles on it in 2010. Been thinking about getting a road bike so I can participate in more group rides with a few local bike clubs. Right now on my short list is the 2011 Specialized Secteur Sport. Anyone have any experience with this bike or any other recommendations.


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