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    It should be noted that STORM/MoJo Willie R. just got a road bike recently, making all the above posts relevent, well mostly relevent

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    Originally posted by TechniKal


    That's the funniest Farm I've seen!

    BTW: Texas BBQ sucks...

    And lets set up a Wimberly ride sometime soon. That should be an easy daytrip for everyone.
    Yeah and I hear theres a great bbq joint there for a lunch break.
    A friend and I were thinking of a trip up to Kerrville to Fredericksburg /camp, On to New Braunsfels via the backbone.
    Anyone?

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    Whew! That's quite a ride for the Road Dude here to try to tackle just yet. Ask me next year after I get broke in good!
    Got Sporks???

    Don't give me any crap on the trail! I can find my own, thank you.

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    Originally posted by Jeff


    Yeah and I hear theres a great bbq joint there for a lunch break.
    A friend and I were thinking of a trip up to Kerrville to Fredericksburg /camp, On to New Braunsfels via the backbone.
    Anyone?
    When?

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    No worries

    Just throwing out the idea. Don't underestimate yourself though. It would be a no pressure fun ride. Let me know when your ready.

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    I'm ready to give at least one leg of the ride a shot. I don't know if I can get away with camping anytime soon...

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    in that case

    It should be the devils backbone. You'll get to ride all around Medina lake. Then finish off with the river road. Within the next month for sure. Let me get some things taken care of.
    Buddy wants to go to Mexico and this weekend may already be spoken for. Let me find out , but I may have a window on Sunday. It'll take all day so let me know whats good for you.
    Anyone else is welcome as well. Gary mentioned wanting to get out also.

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    This weekend is out for me. I have vistors in town. The only other thing I have scheduled anytime soon is the Dirty Du 12/1.

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    OK,
    Got the new bike, went out to McAllister yesterday for a shakedown cruise. What a sucky place to ride a road bike- way too bumpy even on the paved trails. Did about sixteen miles and felt like going further but had to go eat Turkey. So, just printed out a bunch of maps off Brittons' site and it looks like the favored places to ride are out 281 and IH10. There's a map with a loop on Fort Sam Houston. Anyone ever rode this??

    The bike feels real good and it fits perfectly, now I just need to balance the road riding with the mountainbiking. I'd like to know the best places to ride, I usually ride in the mornings and I can't be gone all day, (I live on the NE side of town) any suggestions? Any volunteers to ride with me? Isn't there a loop out on 1604 somewhere on the access road or something?

    Tanx...

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    There is a loop out by my house. Looks good too. Always see riders out there. Too bad I don't have a road bike.
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    There's a loop by your house?

    Tell me about it...

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    Thumbs up

    Hello to all my Mojo buddies. It's been a rough month and a half since I retired from the military. I have worked more hours in this time frame, then I did in my last four years. Working 12 hours shift its hard to scheduled my riding on a consistence bases. I bought a rode bike (Trek 1000) and it has made a big difference in my training. Comparing this bike with my old one is like day and night. The only setback is the cassette, 11-30. I'm planning on changing to a 11-25 and the tires to 700-23c.

    BTW Jim K, I live in the NE area and I ride a 25+ miles loop. From Evans rd to Bulverde-left on 1604 access rd-turn left on Green Mountain back to Evans. There is a lot of good riding out here

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    I'll give it a shot. Let me know when your going, we'll hook up...
    Thanks

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    Jim,

    The "Loop" on Ft. Sam is basically 1/2 of the Gold Course. It is a good loop to "Dial in" your bike, and to get in a quick training fix. ADDED BONUS?...It's on a military base, so there is not a ton of drivers doing Warp 9 in the 9,000 pound SUVs, yakkin on Cell Phones (Speed Limit is 25, and the MPs LIVE for writing federal citations).

    Best way to get there is to take the Binz Engleman Exit onto Ft. Sam, and then take the first right up the hill and park by the outdoor pool.

    Help this helps my NITERIDER Bruthah!

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    Weeg/Jim/etc.....okay rode my first road bike yesterday. Like you guys (maybe just Jim and Kyle) been thinkin real hard about a buying a road bike (course just told the wife that I tried "another bike"). Tried a few treks and a lemond. Was really amazed at how smooth the ride was (figured it would be very rough without a shock or two!!!) and really thought the speed and control were pretty cool. It was probably a lapse in judgement, but also tried a carbon frame trek and really thought it was cool. Although I am VERY happy with my sugar mtb, I am wondering if I should 1) build my own (sounds like fun and maybe cheaper(????) or 2) consider a used bike.

    I know Kyle bought one on e-bay, but Jim did you build yours? I don't think I have the skill to build one from the ground up but.....

    Also, what are the thoughts on aluminum vs. steel vs. carbon vs. vr 9000???? I suspect carbon and ti are the most expensive but the guy at the shop I went to thought carbon and steel were the smoother riding material.

    Goal is to ride the road some for conditioning/fun and changes of pace every now and then. Would welcome your thoughts here.....

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    Well Scott,
    I went out and spent a bundle on my bike. The reason- I don't want to make the same mistake twice, I won't be needing to upgrade my road bike anytime soon. As opposed to my mtb which I've finally got up to reasonable specs after 6 months of upgrading.

    My personal opinion is: I like carbon, I like the way it rides, it's very light (my bike came out to 18#). I had mine custom built to my specs but that's only because I had the money to do it. So I guess, just spend whatever your budget allows and as with most everything else, you get what you pay for.

    Another suggestion, (personal preference of course) I bought the Dura-Ace triple, a lot of reasons for this. Mainly it's the gear ranges, and the similirarity to mtbs', triple is the way to go in my opinion. I had mine built at Brittons, I live very close to there and have a good relationship with them.

    Good luck with your purchase and if I can be of any more help, let me know, although I'm not an expert, I know a little...

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    Building a bike is almost always more expensive than buying a complete bike. You as an individual have no where near the buying power that even a small bike maker will have. The pros of building up a bike is that -you- get to pick exactly what you want on the bike, rather than have some unknown product manager pick it for you.

    On my mountain bike, I bought the frame and a parts kit that fit 95% of what I wanted. I ended up buying the remaining 5% in a month or two. On the road bike, I wasn't anywhere near as picky - cost was my biggest driver. I wanted a Shimano 105 drivetrain or above, and everything else was candy. I figured if I really got hooked on road biking, I'd want something nicer than what I was willing to buy today, anyway. If I didn't get hooked, the 105 level bike would more than suffice for everything I had in mind. Plus, I know shit about road bikes, and ignorance is bliss...

    Steel vs. aluminium vs Ti vs carbon - same as in mountain bikes. Steel and ti tend to be more compliant. Aluminium tends to be stiffer. Carbon tends to be nice all around and expensive... And just like in mountain biking, a good frame is a good frame regardless of what it's made out of. My take - (and again, keep in mind that I know shit about road bikes) you'll notice more difference in ride between bikes by switching from 23mm tires @ 130 psi to 28mm tires @ 100 psi than you'll notice switching between the different materials on a frame.

    As far as used stuff goes, if you know the person and trust them, buy it. If not, don't. My experience with used bike stuff has never been positive. Other folks mileage may vary.

    If you think you're going to get hooked, then by all means drop the cash and buy the nice bike you want now. If you're unsure, be converative today and see what happens.

    I bought my bike off Ebay for $650 new. I was in the bike store today, and similarly equiped treks, lemonds and kleins were ~ $1200. I've put a couple of hundred miles on my road bike so far and am more than pleased with it. The bike required complete assembly - which isn't all that hard if you've got the right tools and time. If you're lacking tools, buy them and build the bike up - you'll learn alot and be more self sufficent in the future. If you're lacking time, spend the $50 - $100 or so and have someone else build it up.
    Last edited by TechniKal; 11-24-2001 at 10:00 PM.

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    Great advice Kyle.
    I guess you need to decide for yourself what your wants and needs are. When I got this idea to do this the first thing I did was research, research and then more research. Take the advice of people you know and trust and go with what feels right for you...
    Again, good luck and let me know when you get it. I'll be glad to ride with ya'...

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    Kyle-
    Okay ignorant question here...they sell un-assembled new bikes on e-bay? I have the tools and would get a kick out of building one up myself. Your point on buying power is pretty logical....didn't think of it that way.

    By the way, g-belt was pretty nice friday. Had to stay on the north side of the creek but put in about 8 miles on the trails and then just rode around the lake for 10 more miles to get some time in.....next time.

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    Scott,
    If you decide to do this, I'd go somewhere and get professionaly fitted. I mean go somewhere and make sure you know what size bike you need. Road bikes are measured in CMs', and different manufacturers use different sizes. For instance, LOOK bikes come in 1 cm measurements ie: 53,54,55, Treks come in 2 cm measurements ie: 52, 54, 56. So make sure you get the right size before you buy. Another thing is crank length, stem length, toptube length etc.... In other words, make sure the bike fits.

    I sure hope it all works out, and you get what you want. I'm stoked on all the road riding interest. We need to get some rides organized soon...
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