So how much does a good bike really cost?

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  1. vmax

    vmax TGT Addict

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    I was able to get a thin / narrow fitting gel pad for my saddle and its all that I needed. I have gotten used to it no problem in about a weeks time
     


  2. Dawico

    Dawico TGT Addict

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    I think they are referring to super tight biker shorts.
     
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  3. vmax

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    ok, thanks, I knew it had to be some article of clothing or something worn "down there"
    My friend who did road bikes, used to wear shorts with a pad in the butt and would slather some type of cream on his junk to keep from getting chaffed. yuk
     
  4. ROGER4314

    ROGER4314 Been Called "Flash" Since I Was A Kid!

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    In 2011, I rode 3,414 miles on three bicycles. It was for a TGT fitness project and every mile was logged. The first bike was a Schwinn, right out of WW, a three wheeled Trike Schwinn Meridian also from WW and later, a Trek that cost $725.

    The Trike gave me a little trouble at first but that trike was never intended to ride as many miles as I put on it. I replaced the axle, one wheel and the rear axle bearings. The rear basket held Jake the Wonder Dog and we rode nearly every day.

    Tires and pedals? I ran through a lot of them!

    The Trek is a beautiful ride but I can't say it was two or three times the better bike. The Schwinn and the Trek worked perfectly, shifted like butter. The shifting was almost seamless and I kept them tuned to perfection. It's amazing how beautifully those 21 speed derailleurs can shift. I am a heavy rider and if any of those components were weak, I'd crush them!

    Been working on bikes for my entire life and have all the professional tools. I highly recommend that you get a good, quality work stand and tinker with the derailleurs until you understand their function. My stand is the "Ultimate", had it for 25 years and was nearly $300. It's worth every dime.

    You need to fine tune these bikes. As cables stretch, chain and sprockets wear, tweaks are required to compensate. Most, get frustrated and park the bike when a tiny tweak is all that is needed. OR....pay a bike shop $35 to tweak it for you!

    http://www.nashbar.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10053_10052_520677_-1___204676

    I researched bike manufacturers extensively and can assure you that most bikes, regardless of brand, were born in the gigantic bike factories of China. I have an excellent article about that and I'll post it if I can find it

    My advice? Ride with moderation. I broke my ass and I'm still suffering from it.

    Flash
     
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  5. ROGER4314

    ROGER4314 Been Called "Flash" Since I Was A Kid!

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    I found the article "Where Was My Bike Made?" It's fairly old but it gives you an idea about how and where the bicycles are made. No doubt, this information has changed.

    http://whaterfall.blogspot.com/2007/06/where-was-my-bike-made.html

    I have an original, handmade Cannondale road bike that I purchased from the widow of a genuine bike fanatic whom I knew. New, the bike cost $2,000 and I gave her $500 for it. Nothing today, compares to it. It's a work of art, but it's way too big for me. The rider was about 6'5" tall. That bike needs needs a tall rider.

    Flash
     
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  6. Longhorn1986

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    I'm 6'6" as well and used to race competitively on the road & velodrome (USCF Cat III). I averaged between 250-450 miles a week. Back in the early 1990s, I had Hans Schnieder out of Huntsville build me a custom road frame. After adding a Campagnolo Record group, Mavic rims and a few other goodies, my bike was around $2,300. Mind you, these were 1992-1993 prices!

    I had a couple of very serious crashes, one of which broke my hip. After several broken bones & turning 30 and competing with 21 year old kids who thought they were indestructible, I finally retired. Now I'm 53, fat, bald and have an artificial hip. Had a helluva lot of fun racing, but, except for the extra pounds I've packed on, I don'r regret hanging it up.

    I used to use cream on the chamois in my shorts to help with the saddle sores. DON'T wear underwear under your cycling shorts!!! That's what the chamois is in there for!
     
  7. ROGER4314

    ROGER4314 Been Called "Flash" Since I Was A Kid!

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    What a great post! Do you ride anymore?
    I raced in Kansas City. There is a 3.7 mile loop around the old airport and we chased the clock on that loop.

    In Tulsa, my favorite ride was from Tulsa to Keystone Dam on old Hiway 64. That was 26 miles each way. Boy, I miss that!

    Many times, I chased the clock on my 3,414 mile epic. I used a 17 mile rural residential circuit with 1 mile each way straights. It was great fun to compete with myself and kept records of those runs.

    You NEED my hand made Cannondale! It's a worthy ride! Heck, swap me something for it.

    Flash
     
  8. Longhorn1986

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    Once I hung it up, that was it. My mind is still geared toward racing, but my middle aged body is geared towards more sedate things like fly fishing and target shooting. To quote the Prophet Eastwood "A man's GOT to know his limitations." :)

    Chasing the clock? Oh yeah! My specialty was the 40k time trial. Took 4th in the state in 1994. Shoulda raced my age group instead of open. I'd have won. C'est la vie...

    Keep the rubber side down!
     
  9. ROGER4314

    ROGER4314 Been Called "Flash" Since I Was A Kid!

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    Hey, that beautiful Cannondale has your name on it. It is blue and a genuine rarity.

    I'll be 71 next month and I still love the thought of riding (except for my busted ass).

    I used to lick my shoulder to see if I was properly hydrated. Your sweat takes on a bitter taste when you're low on water.

    Flash
     
  10. Longhorn1986

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    Used to like those old "Beer Can" Cannondales. Man were they ever stiff!
     

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