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5/11/07 9:20 A

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It is probably the part of the frame where the seat post is inserterd that makes the seat too high. If slick tires for your mountain bike aren't expensive, that may be the best temporary fix for you, as long as you are prepared to not gain a heck of a lot of speed.

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5/10/07 5:00 P

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If your friendís bike is too big, you might not be able to lower the seat enough to ride it without stressing your knees. You might repurpose your mountain bike or buy a cheap commuter bike. Or you might consider buying used bike. I brought my Lemonds road bike used. First thing I did was determine my budget. When I had the money in hand I went shopping. I found a used bike at the shop and it came in right on my budget.

IMHO, ride the bike you have and save your money for the bike you want.

In your excitement to ride you donít want to make a decision (buy a bike outside your budget) that will leave a bitter taste in your husbandís mouth. I have made those kinds of stupid decisions in our 26-year marriage and have put unneeded stress on our relationship.


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5/10/07 3:27 P

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Thanks, you're right, it doesn't change the weight of the bike. Can I just replace the seat post? That would be the ideal situation. Then I'd have a good bike to use and I could take my time deciding on a purchase and wouldn't have to waste my money on a disposable bike.

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5/10/07 3:11 P

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First of all, if the seat of your friend's bike is too high, a new seat won't help--it is the seat post part of the frame that is too tall.

The other two are more viable options, IMHO. And here are some of my mental ramblings on your questions... Repurposing the wheels on your mountain bike means you have a bike that fits, and you are comfortable on, and you will gain a little in speed, but not a huge amount. After all, the bike is still the same weight! And you may find that new tires are more expensive than you think. If you do get a "beat around" kind of bike, make sure you'll have other uses--maybe your kids will be able to ride it, or if a friend ever wants to get out for a ride with you. Otherwise, think of it as "disposable" and figure out if you are willing to spend however much on that.

So I didn't anwser your question, just gave you different things to think about!

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5/10/07 2:51 P

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Hi everyone, I also have a bike purchasing dilemma that is a bit different. I am planning on saving for my dream bike, although I just began shopping and am not quite sure what that is. In the meantime, I can do three things so that I can ride until I make the big purchase. The first thing would be to put different tires on my mountain bike so that the commute is easier and faster. The other would be to continue to use my friend's bike but I'd have to purchase a new seat for it because I cannot lower it anymore and it is too tall for me. I could also just buy a cheap commuter bike that will do for now and take my time in shopping for and purchasing a bike. In the area of cheap bikes, does anybody have any input on the Columbia or K2 brand? I see them on sale at a local store here. Or am I just wasting my time doing that? I do have a family and can't just go out and drop a couple thousand on a bike. Or even a thousand for that matter. I'd have to put it on layaway or just save up for it. In the meantime, I do not want to drive to work this summer, so I have to keep riding.

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5/9/07 1:16 P

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And buyingfrom the local shop means you'll get better attention when you need work on your bike. The extra money you'll spend at the outset will probably be made up quickly on adjustments, etc!

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5/9/07 12:56 P

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Thanks for all the great advice. The guy called me today and told me the 5.2 was sold :( I guess that's what happens when you think about it a lot. But hey-- it's 2 grand... I'm not going to shell it out like it's Monopoly money!

I suppose I'll just save for the 5.0 we have in town here. They'll appreciate my business and I'll appreciate the bike!

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5/8/07 10:36 P

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Save and get the one you want. It will be so worth it. If you get the lesser bike you may never be happy with it.

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5/8/07 10:28 P

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Also, go to a third bike shop--tell them what your options are and see what they say!

BTW--I have full Ultegra, but haven't gone to the Durace components.

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Don't settle for something you aren't in love with--go for what will make you the happiest. Just my opinion!

One more thing--compare the components on the 5.0 and the 5.2. I know when I looked at the difference between the 5.2 Madone and 5.5 Madone, it was all in components I could upgrade mysefl in the future. So I got the frame I wanted, with good components, bbut not top of the line. I love my bike, and don't even feel the need to upgrade anything. All I did was get a women's saddle, since it isn't a WSD.

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5/8/07 4:03 P

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Thanks for all the advice guys! I'm actually single and do not have kids to pay for... just bills. Also, the bike is already marked down to $2000. I think they just want to get rid of it because it's a 2005 model.

So I went back to the store in town here again and tested out the 2007 Pilot 5.0. That goes for $2100 + tax. That's a squeeze. I really feel like it would be a huge stretch to afford it, even though it's a great ride.

Technology has already come pretty far since then and I'm wondering how much the quality of the carbon frame has changed and the quality of the components. The new 5.0 has Ultegra and 105 mix and the 5.2 is all Ultegra (but two years older). I could really really save for the new 2007 and buy from my local shop. They'd sure appreciate the business and they're super nice and helpful.

So I think the decision has been made to wait and save for the more expensive bike. But my new dilemma is to go for the older but upgraded Pilot 5.2 or to spend a little more and get a 2007 Pilot 5.0. The guys at the bike shop in town gave me an 'honest' opinion and said go with the 2007 because of technology advancements.

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5/8/07 2:23 P

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Markups on bikes are very small. I don't think it is reasonable to haggle a $3000 bike down to $2000 probably less than the shop pays for it. Save the money and buy the bike you are dreaming about especially if it fits perfectly as you say. Fit is by far the most important thing on a bike! Hopefully you have ride in the meantime. (buy me there are shops that give 0% financing for 6 months on bikes maybe your shop will too?)

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5/8/07 1:39 P

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I think that I would personally save and wait for the bike of my dreams. Is it possible for you to finance with the LBS that is selling your dream bike? I'm really bad at haggling so I don't have anything to offer in that arena but I think that you'll always have that dream bike on your mind. If you're going to buy big you might as well buy what you want. That's my opinion.

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Wow, you sound so excited I just had to reply. Unfortunately I don't have great adive because I don't know anything about bikes. I just started to cycle a couple of weeks ago on my son's 300.00 dollar bike.

I have not idea what it would be like to ride such a awesome bike.

Here's my take on your situation. Get the bike...you will be haveing so much fun riding it, and spend all your spare time will be spent riding it, you will never even notice you have no money. :-)

On the more serouse side...If you will still be able to provide for you and your family and the kids will not have to eat junk because you have no money for groceries (that is if you have kids and a family)than go for it. If having this bike means you will have to do without things in life that keep you healthy and safe than manybe it's best to get the bike you can better afford.

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Hello everyone-- forgive me if this doesn't merit it's own thread but I'm having a major dilemma on a forthcoming bike purchase.

I have been in the hunt for the perfect road bike. I spent a ton of time on Saturday finding a road bike with great geometry and a comfortable feel for my body and I finally narrowed it down to the Trek Pilot series with a 50cm frame.

A few quick notes. I know that I will adore this bike forever and ever and will ride the heck out of it each year.

Now here's where the dilemma comes in. The Trek Pilot 5.0 WSD with the OCLV carbon frame was the smoothest ride I've ever experienced on a bike. It was like magic. The problem? It retails at 2100 dollars which is a stretch. So I started calling over to bike shops in New Hampshire where there is no sales tax and makes it a little more feasible. Really I was looking for a deal... 1700 maybe or so. Well this one bike shop had a 2005 Trek Pilot 5.2 WSD in the perfect size for $1999. It retails at $3000... so, great deal. I immediately start salivating and the guy told me I could make a down payment and take it home in mid June when I could afford it.

So my question is: Is it worth being broke til mid july (meaning only money for bills and food no spending or saving til then) to get the bike of my dreams that fits me perfectly and will last forever and ever? Or do I go in two weeks, get the Trek Pilot 1.2... a lesser quality bike that is not a deal really, just retail price and ride for longer this year? What would you do?

Another question, for a 2005 model, do you think I'd be able to haggle down from $2000 on an originally $3000 bike?

I'd really appreciate your input. Thanks!

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