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    I'm sure a lot of the bikes come pre-assembled - especially the used ones. The bike I bought came in the same box it would have went to the bike store in. I had to install the fork, stem, bars, pedals, seat, etc. The BB and headset were presintalled, but I pulled the bb to make sure it was greased and teflon taped so that it'd be creak free. I also had to cable it up and adjust the derailuers. Total time to build up was less than 3hrs, and this is the third or fourth bike I've built up. Good tools, a workstand and 'Zinn and the Art of whatever Bike Maintenance' make everthing go a lot smoother.

    I agree with Jim about getting fitted prior to purchase. You're basically planted on the seat in one position for the duration of the ride - a bad fit will make it a very uncomfortable experience. Be aware that basically every bike maker defines sizes in different ways - some measure from the center of the bb to the center of the top tube, some measure from the center of the bb to the top of the top tube, others measure from the center of the bb to the top of the seat tube. Then you have the 'sloping top tubes' or compact geometerty bikes that are even more difficult to size. Get fitted, look at the geometry chart of the bike you're interested in and insure that you have adequate stand-over and proper top tube length. If I were dropping a ton of money on a road bike, I'd definitely ride it for fit before purchasing it. I'd set my budget low enough that I felt comfortable taking the risk of buying by bike without riding.

    Good to hear the GB was in good shape. I rode Walnut Creek and City Park today, and both were still a little wet. WC had a couple of places with significant water damage as well - but we've got a work day there tomorrow to (try to) fix that. Hopefully next time you're in Austin we can get together and ride.

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    I'm getting mine this week!! They finally have the description on the web, KHS 700. I went the 105 route also as I still plan on the mtb being the more used cycle, and the money associated with Dura-Ace helped my mind also. Although with the lack of trails in this area it may get more use. I like aluminum, I know it is not as soft a ride as steel or carbon, but I just like the feel of the ride. I'm really looking forward to taking it out for a spin!
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    Congratulations, Jim K.!

    Way to go, Jim. Sounds like you bought one hell of a bike. I live in the Great Northwest area near 1604 and Culebra. We need to hit the road soon. Anywhere is fine so long as it's not tooooooo hilly. Future riding will have to wait until I fish my last bass club tournament this weekend. Data, Scott, Willie, others: Let's ride!
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    Don't overlook Ultegra...My bike is fully stoked with ULTEGRA.
    It is smoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooth

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    Re: Congratulations, Jim K.!

    Originally posted by dan
    Way to go, Jim. Sounds like you bought one hell of a bike. I live in the Great Northwest area near 1604 and Culebra. We need to hit the road soon. Anywhere is fine so long as it's not tooooooo hilly. Future riding will have to wait until I fish my last bass club tournament this weekend. Data, Scott, Willie, others: Let's ride!
    I'm ready when you are, early next week?

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    Re: Re: Congratulations, Jim K.!

    Originally posted by Jim_K


    I'm ready when you are, early next week?
    It's a possibility, but I'll have to play hookey from work (cough, sniff, wheez) to ride during the day. Wednesday would be best.

    Have you considered riding the Mission to Mission 34 mile ride on Dec. 8? I think Rene is interested and I'll ride it so long as I have a familiar face to ride with.
    Got Sporks???

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    Ultegra vs. 105 vs. DuraAce or whatever. What is best?
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    In MTB terms:

    Sora = Alivio/Acera-X
    Tiagra = Deore
    105 = LX
    Ultegra = XT
    Dura-Ace = XTR

    Higher groups gets you a better finish, lighter weight and better performance/durability. I'd avoid Sora because the shifters are funny (can't shift from the drops) and it's 8 speed, which means upgrading to a higher group is going to cost you big bucks.

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    Re: Re: Re: Congratulations, Jim K.!

    Originally posted by dan


    It's a possibility, but I'll have to play hookey from work (cough, sniff, wheez) to ride during the day. Wednesday would be best.

    Have you considered riding the Mission to Mission 34 mile ride on Dec. 8? I think Rene is interested and I'll ride it so long as I have a familiar face to ride with.
    That's the day I was supposed to go to Warda, if it looks like nobody can make it that day I could probably ride with ya'. I'll keep you posted...

    Next Wednesday morning would be fine with me, just let me know when you're ready.

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    Thanks Kyle. Looks like I might have to get me one of them Santa Cruz Ultegra thingies. Hopefully, I will be road worthy by summer or at least by my birthday in August. 18 lbs, man I bet I could really bunny-hop that sucker. Hehehe.
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    Allright Terry, get you a road bike!! I'll ride with ya' also. Man with all these folks goin' with road bikes we should be able to get some pretty good size groups out for a ride!!

    Maybe we could even start a StormRoadieKidz...














    maybe.

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    Only real diff between Dura-Ace and Ultegra is a few grams (Special mfg. techniques)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechniKal View Post
    I did a group ride this morning - 55 miles through rolling terrain. It was a blast - and I learned lots of things, like:

    - Don't speed up when it's your turn to pull

    - Don't freak out when someone rides 1" away from you rear wheel

    - Don't flip off the big ass cowboy in the big ass truck when he blows his horn at you

    - Railroad tracks suck with 120psi tires and no suspension

    - Cheap saddles suck, period

    - Doing a long pull will gain you a modicum of respect with the roadies

    - Making fun of the Roadie's jerseys instantly negates the respect you gained in the pulls

    - Roadies aren't as pricky as people make them out to be - for the most part

    - Don't call out "Left Turn!" - point instead.

    - Older roadies can kick your ass

    All in all, it was a lot of fun. I wouldn't give up mountain biking for it at all, but it's defintly something I will do again.
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    hey all of you, i have only beent to Austin four times to ride, twice dirt (zilkner) and twice for the group rides outta rolling rock and somehweres else but anyways, i will be looking for all of you pretty soOn as it is my intention to ride form Houston to Austin (one to two day ride) and then spend the next day just cruising around on the bike with some or hopefully all of you and possibly,... um, who am i kidding?, GET shitfaced on sixth street and get another tat from black cat, the peeps who gave me my 'keep austin wierd' tat on my back.


    see you all sometime in the next few months and i almost forgot, i wanna feel the pain so please bring it!

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