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Old 05-20-2003, 01:21 AM   #1
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i bought this bike and shoes off of my good friend for $40. its the right size and i just need to get a front wheel and some pedal. did i get a good deal. its a starter bike for me since i have never road.





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Old 05-20-2003, 01:23 AM   #2
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$40? Your good friend doesn't happen to be a bike thief does he?
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Old 05-20-2003, 01:25 AM   #3
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no he has a bunch of bikes, plus he has been my friend for over 15 years
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Old 05-20-2003, 01:30 AM   #4
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$40!?!?!?!!

Dang, my roadbike was almost 2 Grand!
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Old 05-20-2003, 01:30 AM   #5
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Well, you got yourself one heckuva deal there. Get your hands on a front wheel and your ready to ride...
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Old 05-20-2003, 01:32 AM   #6
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can anyone tell me about the bike i have. is specialize good. also what stuff is on it. anything good. it all looks like it functions perfect.
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Old 05-20-2003, 01:32 AM   #7
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yes a deal. AluminIum frame I see and kinda looks like 105 components. Wrong side to tell for sure.
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Old 05-20-2003, 09:02 AM   #8
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the seat is worth $40. That's an unbelievable deal.

Speaking of which, anyone know of a good place to find a used road bike? (seriously) I'm in MD.

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Old 05-20-2003, 09:22 AM   #9
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Where's the motor.
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Old 05-20-2003, 10:12 AM   #10
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that bike looks good.
very nice deal that you got.

if there weren't so many hills here in NE, I'd almost be tempted to get one
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Old 05-20-2003, 10:20 AM   #11
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the seat is worth $40. That's an unbelievable deal.

Speaking of which, anyone know of a good place to find a used road bike? (seriously) I'm in MD.

Thanks.
I bought a used Trek on Ebay a few months ago. It was about $700 new and I got it for $350 plus shipping. It was barely used(still had that excess rubber running down the middle of the tires from the molding process). The only problem was that I didn't have an opportunity to ride it beforehand.
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Old 05-20-2003, 10:33 AM   #12
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Where's the motor.
exactly what I was thinking....
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Old 05-20-2003, 10:34 AM   #13
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can anyone tell me about the bike i have. is specialize good. also what stuff is on it. anything good. it all looks like it functions perfect.
That's a great deal! Check out this site. It may have some reviews of your model:

Road Bike Review.com
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Old 05-20-2003, 10:57 AM   #14
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cool. i have the speciallized allez a1 sport.
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Old 05-20-2003, 11:04 AM   #15
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I'll give you $80 for it. Then you will have a 100% profit on your investment.

















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Old 05-20-2003, 11:12 AM   #16
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Awesome deal! The seat is worth 70 alone, the flite gel is one of the better seats out IMO.
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Old 05-20-2003, 11:14 AM   #17
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if there weren't so many hills here in NE, I'd almost be tempted to get one
*****!
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Old 05-20-2003, 11:17 AM   #18
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Where's the motor.
Lazyass.

Good deal. Have a shop check it out just to make sure that your $40 won't turn into a $200 repair bill. Otherwise, have fun and get it fitted. With the money you saved buying the bike, you should be able to have it fitted.

As for parts spec, you need to turn it around so we can see the drivetrain. and compressed, I don't think that's a flite gel. It's definately a SI gel, but I think it may be a different model than the flite. I could be wrong, though. My flite gel is about 2 years old now, so maybe they look different.
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Old 05-20-2003, 11:23 AM   #19
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last night i looked at the stuff and here is what they said.

on the big set of gears it said : SR SLNTOUR SUPERBE

on the small gears in back it said : Shimano Tiagra 9 Speed

on the brakes it said : Shimano Tiagra
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Old 05-20-2003, 11:28 AM   #20
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C-daleridr Yeah, your right, it might be a max flite or something like that. I just gave the bike a quick look and assumed flite gel, as thats what I and everyone I know rides with.

Oh yeah Stealth, flip the bike 180 so we can see the parts on it. Also, once you get your front wheel I would invest in a professional bike fit or have your buddy do a fit for you (if he knows what he is doing). Fitting your bike well, especially a road bike is much more important than what kind of equipment you have on it, so take the time and spend the cash to get a good fit. You will thank your self many times over if you do this.
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Old 05-20-2003, 11:30 AM   #21
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Yea, fit is much more important on a road bike than a mt. bike. But there are things you can adjust (seat) and stems can be swapped out for different lengths.

Ask around and see if someone has a wheel you can buy, and pedals (lots of road bikers have gone through several sets of pedals and may sell you the old ones). My road pedals are the same as my mt. bike cause I ride with my mt. bike shoes. Road shoes are too narrow for my feet.

Don't forget all the little extra stuff (tubes, patch kit, pump/co2)and of course Helmet!

You'll be amazed at how easy it is to go fast, especially if you're used to a mt. bike. No suspension, though
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Old 05-20-2003, 11:33 AM   #22
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cool thanks guys. today i will be buying all of the stuff i need and then going on my first ride with 2 of my friends that ride. i am sure i am very out of shape.
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Old 05-20-2003, 11:37 AM   #23
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One more thing. Be carefull about upgrading components, which a lot of people do. Just ride what you have for a while, see if you like it. Tiagra is the lower end, but perfectly good when adjusted right. If you really get into riding it may be better to buy a new (or higher end used) bike than upgrade the one you have. Bike components can add up $$ really quick.


Have fun!
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Old 05-20-2003, 11:45 AM   #24
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One more thing. Be carefull about upgrading components, which a lot of people do. Just ride what you have for a while, see if you like it. Tiagra is the lower end, but perfectly good when adjusted right. If you really get into riding it may be better to buy a new (or higher end used) bike than upgrade the one you have. Bike components can add up $$ really quick.


Have fun!
Good advice. It's a nice bike, but you can end up upgrading past the quality of the frame. Ride the hell out of this bike and see if you want to commit to roadie riding before you start upgrading stuff. And don't let a shop sell you a Dura Ace front wheel or anything, either. However, if you get a new wheel, you might end up paying about what you did for the bike to begin with.

But, WRX4, I'd say that MTB fit is pretty important, too. Not trying to pick a fight, but it's as important on one bike as it is another, if for no reason than the biomechanics of it all. That said, most people are less concerned about MTB fit for some reason.
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Old 05-20-2003, 11:53 AM   #25
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But, WRX4, I'd say that MTB fit is pretty important, too. Not trying to pick a fight, but it's as important on one bike as it is another, if for no reason than the biomechanics of it all. That said, most people are less concerned about MTB fit for some reason.
less sizes, for one. More seatpost, handlebar, and stem flexibility, also. Now that road bikes get non-quill stems, this issue has become less pronounced, and some companies, like Giant, have gone S,M,L sizing for road bikes too.
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