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2/7/11 11:44 A

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You received great advice so far,

I think for putting in serious miles you should have a true road bike.
Recently, I went from a flat bar road bike (an upgraded Trek 7.5 FX) to a drop bar road bike (well actually a cyclocross) and the difference was huge.
My wife just bought a Specialized Dolce Elite and is really happy with it.

I would also second the ideas of checking on Craigslist or finding a deal on last years model (I saved $700 this way).

Also, I am a firm believer in getting good bikes for children.
My 7 year old daughter rides a Specialized.
She learned to ride on it and has had it for over 2 years.
It still works (and looks) great.


Edited by: TOPAHI at: 2/7/2011 (11:45)
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The treadmill is NOT!

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2/6/11 9:36 P

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Lovey, shop and see what you can find for you. If you can't find a worthy replacement (what you *really* want) keep saving up before you pass that flat bar road bike to your son.

You do have two great bike shops in your area, and many, many more reputable LBS within a thirty minute drive. (SparkMail me--I'll give you a list! I can think of 6 right now off the top of my head.) And I believe both Race Pace and Princeton rent bikes that they will sell after a season or two. Make sure if you buy a rental bike from either of them that they include some service on it.

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2/5/11 10:45 P

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What a great way to look at your indoor training- a mini-duathlelon. Maybe that will help here in suicide grey Ohio. Today it literally did everything- rain, sleet, hail, snow. Everything but sunshine. So we make our own inside on the trainer. Thanks for the thought- a good one.

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2/5/11 9:54 P

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I rode my trainer for the first time. I don't like running indoors and I am ok with spin class that has a great instructor. The trainer seemed far more boring.

I did a mini mini duathlon beteween my trainer and treadmill. Run 1 mile-Bike 4 miles- Run 1 mile.

2013 Goals:
- lose 50lbs
-stay consistent in my workouts
-strengthen my recently broken ankle

2012 Accomplishments:
-cosistent training after healing from a stress fracture in my foot
-completed a 10 miler, 10K and a half marathon
-sorry my year ended in Maym 2 weeks after my half marathon when I crash on my bike shattering my ankle. I had surgery and ortho put in 8 screws and a plate.



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2/5/11 2:54 P

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Just ordered a Specialized Ruby Comp. I'm short, 5' 1", so i need a 44. It IS all about fit. I've had an Allez Dolce for 9 years and was ready for a carbon frame- a bit softer ride. It has a triple, which i like for really steep hills. All the companies have come a long way with Women's Specific design since i bought my Dolce. I could have added more and more into new components, but that doesn't change the frame. i'll keep the Dolce for my beater bike. We have A LOT of lousy weather here in Ohio- like RIGHT NOW! On my way to the dreaded trainer for a few indoor miles. Anyone else riding indoors today? :)

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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2/3/11 7:33 P

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thanks. I am going to test ride some over the next week. My LBS (we have 2 in my town) gives me 10% discount for being a tri club member.

the weather hasn't been good here and there is a lot of ice on the ground but hopefully I can get some good days in to ride.

Lovey


2013 Goals:
- lose 50lbs
-stay consistent in my workouts
-strengthen my recently broken ankle

2012 Accomplishments:
-cosistent training after healing from a stress fracture in my foot
-completed a 10 miler, 10K and a half marathon
-sorry my year ended in Maym 2 weeks after my half marathon when I crash on my bike shattering my ankle. I had surgery and ortho put in 8 screws and a plate.



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2/3/11 6:26 P

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if you are on the shorter size like i am (~5'2") your bike shop may be able to find a road bike that will fit that is a couple years old. my local bike shop was showing me some specialized bikes that were 44 and 47 frame. i was in between. they also delt in bianchi. he found a 2008 model(this was in 2010) that he knew would fit. carbon fiber, good compents. marked down from 3600 to 1800 because of the size. it was a left over.
not that you need to spend that kind of money. but if the LBS could check whats left over from the past couple years, you may end up with a pretty good deal.



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2/3/11 6:21 P

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I agree with bsilver.. Look around at local bike shops, test drive a few near your price range.. They sometimes will try to talk to you to go higher based on "how it will feel" as they say.
If you can't get a deal you can afford at the bike shop, (and make sure you negotiate) If they won't come down to what you can afford go on Craigslist ...



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2/3/11 4:02 P

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When I started to really put on the miles biking, everyone convinced me that with a road bike you will be faster and more comfortable. At that time I was riding a Trek Multi Track 750 which was a high end hybrid I purchased in 1994. After test riding a number of roadbikes I could really feel the difference. My suggestion to you is to test drive some bikes @ your local bike shop and also determine the right size for you. The fit of the bike is critical. After testing a number of bikes you can understand your wants of frame material and size. Then you can shop more confident on ebay or craigslist. Please do not buy the wrong size bike because of $$$ you will be throwing away good money!

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2/3/11 3:54 P

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Check out your local bike shop's closeout selection of road bikes. They might have some really great deal on a lower end road bike from last year's models that fits your budget.

Also, I got a super deal on a triathlon bike on ebay. So that's something else to try, but it's used so you have to be careful.





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2/3/11 3:46 P

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Question:
My friend and running buddy wants us to do our first duathlon together. The one we were thinking about is in August, two weeks before our triathlon relay (Iím the biker, sheís the runner). The course looks very challenging with lots of climbing. We figured training for this will help me on the triathlon with 2 weeks of rest and easier rides. I suggested we do a spring duathlon to get out feet wet and to see how we like it.

05/15 - Spring Du: 2mile RUN, 15 mile BIKE, 4 mile RUN. The bike course is rolling hills. The race is small with only 70 people last year and there were 2 people in the group I would register in so I may be able to win something.

08/07- Summer DU: 2mile RUN, 26 mile BIKE, 4 mile RUN. The bike course is hilly.
08/21 - Summer TRI relay: 17.5 mile BIKE on rolling hills with one steep climb. I did this race last year on the same bike. I also trained on the course since I live in the area.

Right now I have a Cannondale Quick 6. Itís called a flat bar road bike but looking at it, itís a hybrid. Do I need to upgrade to a road bike?

$$$ are an issue. My older son needs a new bike. I prefer a used bike store bike. His current bike is from Toys R Us and it is so heavy, 2 summers ago I threw out my wrist lifting it onto the bike rack. I had to wear a wrist brace for a few weeks. He hates riding it. My son needs an adult size bike, so I thought I would get an entry level road bike and give him my hybrid. The road bikes I saw at one LBS started at $850, out of my price range right now. If I can get one for less than $500, I may get it.
My concern is cheaper doesn't mean itís the right bike for me. I may get a great deal based on price and can't ride it because itís not right.
I also saw a hybrid that's not heavy for $100 at Dick's or Target that I could get my son.

Is it worth updrading or should I just keep riding mine? Thoughts?

Lovey

2013 Goals:
- lose 50lbs
-stay consistent in my workouts
-strengthen my recently broken ankle

2012 Accomplishments:
-cosistent training after healing from a stress fracture in my foot
-completed a 10 miler, 10K and a half marathon
-sorry my year ended in Maym 2 weeks after my half marathon when I crash on my bike shattering my ankle. I had surgery and ortho put in 8 screws and a plate.



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