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4/7/13 5:48 P

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Thanks Ka, I'll have to check out the Buzz V. Now I'm noticing every bike that rides by. I'm riding in the Bike Around the Buttes on the 20th, so I'm excited to pick up the Express and start riding. Tomorrow I go to Sac. Woo hoo!
Cyclocross looks way fun too but I'm taking it one step/pedal at a time. emoticon

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4/7/13 5:44 P

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Thanks Sara "Butt butter?" egads! Ok, I can figure that out...maybe LOL. I will be practicing on learning to do my own tire - a must. I'm definitely not into "depending" on the kindness of strangers during a group ride. Ha, ha! I'll put up pics after I pick her up. Is it weird to name her?? Now, I'm getting a little crazy. emoticon

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4/7/13 5:41 P

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Thanks Bruce! I'm SUPER excited. I'm going to Sac to pick it up tomorrow. Woo hoo! I've always loved riding and the love continues. Happy Sunday!

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4/7/13 7:19 A

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Hi Tish,

Great choice going with the Novarro Express. Since you want to get in some serious miles, the Express is a great choice. The Express is a lot of bike for the money. The drivetrain components are solid. The best thing is you love the way the bike rides!

There are so many different types of bikes that getting the right one for you can be challenging.

Congratulations! I agree with Jun. You have a sweet ride!

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4/6/13 9:31 P

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+1 to what PERRYR said about fit. That said, the Novara Express looks like a sweet and nimble ride! I have a Novara Buzz V with the riser bar that I've been riding for the last 4 years as my utility/fitness/rain ride. Very dependable, comfortable on longer rides.

I just recently received a cyclocross rig as a gift and plan, as you do, to train to take it on a longer ride! Good luck and happy riding!

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4/5/13 7:53 P

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Loving the bike is a must emoticon . I put in 22 miles on the road, today. Take your time to get use to it, and learn all you can from others you cycle with. Your close to my age (I think) so age isn't a hindrance. Ask questions. We'll help with as much as we can. This is a great group of cyclists on this forum. My local bike shop fellow answered mine as well as bike club members and cycling shops in the city. I mean everything from 'do you recommend what kind of butt butter' to shoes, the best clips (easy to dismount). I learned to change my own tire on the side of the road and still baffle the fellow(s) that I actually did it by myself. Enjoy!


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BUNNYGIRL53's Photo BUNNYGIRL53 Posts: 619
4/5/13 4:37 P

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Thanks so much Don. I've gone with the Novarro Express. I just loved the ride sooooo much. We'll see about those handlebars - they're straight. But I'm in love - LOL and I only asked the "girl" question once; "Do you have any other color than white?" emoticon
I pick it up on Tuesday and I'll maybe post some photos.

Thanks to everyone else too. Appreciate the support very much.

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DDOORN's Photo DDOORN Posts: 23,643
4/5/13 3:21 P

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I was initially apprehensive about curved handlebars but readily took to them and use the "drops" more than any other position for my hands.

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BUNNYGIRL53's Photo BUNNYGIRL53 Posts: 619
4/5/13 2:09 P

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Thanks everyone for all the input. I'm moving closer & closer to the Novarro Express. I just loved riding it. I guess in the end, that's the most important factor. The handlebars seem to be at issue during the discussions - "older" people (60+) have said the back/neck/shoulder pain that seems to come with the curved bars moves them to straight bars. The Novarro is a Road Bike, I think and not a Hybrid. Most salespeople are showing me the Hybrid...ugh! And so the dilemma continues...but when I get on a bike and love it...well, that's just a great thing.
Thanks so much everyone for all your expertise. It's invaluable. I'll let you know and put up a photo when I actually do it. Have an awesome day and a good ride.

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4/5/13 10:22 A

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Sounds like you're yearning to rachet up the miles...better head for a road bike...you will be AMAZED at the difference!

Since you mentioned Specialized, FWIW, I'll mention my Tricross...although it's a cyclo-cross bike I consider it my "do everything" bike...commuting, club rides and long hauls. Love it!

Play around, talk to your LBS, try out different bikes...you'll find one that does the trick! :-)

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PERRYR's Photo PERRYR Posts: 668
4/5/13 7:03 A

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I would much rather have a good quality used bike than a new poor quality bike.
You can put road tires on the hybrid. You can use the same saddle on either - don't decide based on that.
If you're going to become a "roadie" and ride lots and lots of miles, the decision is easy.
No good off road though.
Many of use have both road and mountain bikes.
The bike you purchase has to fit you. If it doesn't then the choice won't matter, you won't be happy.

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4/5/13 12:23 A

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My local bike shop often has good used road bikes for sale. If you buy a "starter" bike, you can always upgrade later.

Years ago, Bicycling magazine had this little gem in the margin of one of its pages: "Never make fun of a Huffy. We all started out on one." My first "real" bike was a Nishike with a mixte frame. I found it at a thrift store, cheap. I out grew it pretty quickly, but it served its purpose: it reconnected me with the love I felt for my bike when I was a kid.

The best thing about a road bike is the handlebar. If you're riding more than 20-30 minutes, being able to move your hands around takes a lot of the pressure off your arms. When I ride my mountain bike on flat sections, I find myself pressing my palms against the ends of the handle bar because it's either that or put them back on the bar itself. I'm spoiled by the dozen or so places I can put my hands on my road bike's handlebar.

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4/4/13 11:02 P

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Thank you Sara. It's very confusing because if I purchase a Hybrid, and then move into and/or past my goal, I'll probably want a Road Bike. But I'm concerned about the skill that I don't have as yet re: being on a Road Bike and then being squeezed to the shoulder by cars and/or who knows what. I like your point about the saddle on the Hybrid - I'm starting to realize the pressure points of sitting for long periods and I just purchased my first pair of biking shorts :).
Thanks for the input.
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4/4/13 10:31 P

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A hybrid will keep you in the saddle much longer than a road bike. That is not a good thing on a 50 mile ride. It is doable; I've done both, but give me the road bike for the distances.

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4/4/13 9:02 P

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I've been riding for a couple of years. My rides have been around 4or 5 miles and just for fun exercise outside. I love riding! This year I decided to step it up. I want to ride up to 50 miles in one day by mid summer. I'm currently riding around 12 or so with some incline. I ride a Schwinn: Cimmaron - it's great but heavy. I've looked at a Novarro Express,($800) A Specialist Hybrid ($600) and will look Sat. at a Specialist Road Bike ($1,000). Since I have a goal that I'm working towards - at least 50 miles in a day - should I go the full-on Road Bike? I am working 2x a week with a trainer in addition to my riding so I'm not hesitating about this goal. Any input greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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