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Gear Talk / clip-in pedals
« on: July 24, 2007, 10:27:38 pm »
"I've had very good performance from Speedplay Frog pedals. They are a MTB design, but work wonderfully for touring (lots of on and off the bike during the day). They imbed in MTB/touring shoes (I love Shimano's sandals BTW), thus you don't loudly announce your entry into every establishment."

Well, I've heard the opposite...
This is what a few lbs have said:
The cleats do not imbed into MTB shoes, they need road shoes - unless you're willing to cut up the soles of MTB shoes which is not reccomended. They also require little rubber caps for walking & still will mess with your stepping normally.

Gear Talk / interesting experience bike shopping
« on: August 02, 2006, 10:26:00 pm »
So to follow up from yesterday, I visited 4 bike shops and tried on 4 bikes looking for the ultimate commuting /touring bike.
3 were cyclocross : Surly Cross,  Specialized Tri-x, Kona Jake, and . + 1 touring bike, the Jamis Aurora. The Aurora has a steel frame and a pivotable (piviti? pivoti?) head so that the bars could be dropped forward. Plus it can take cross tires. So...Voila...a switch- hitting cyclo/tourer for $100-300 less. But my ideal commuter could be just that, an ideal.
Is this asking too much from one bike? What do you think?

Gear Talk / Bike choices for commuting / touring?
« on: August 03, 2006, 08:32:29 pm »
Hey, did my biggest purchase in 5-6 years today.  As it turns out I jumped on the last Bianci Volpe the LBS had in my size (58 actually). Right at this moment I am drinking myself thru the buyer's remorse for the $890 price tag.
It just hit corners so nicely, and then accelerated out of them, I was smitten...guess this is like meeting a great girl in Thailand and marrying her (once again, whatwasIthinkn?)
Cheers - John

Gear Talk / Bike choices for commuting / touring?
« on: August 03, 2006, 11:59:34 am »
the Specialized Sequoia Elite was the bike most recommended, but I hear the Sport is a good choice. That said, I haven't find them locally yet.

Gear Talk / Bike choices for commuting / touring?
« on: August 02, 2006, 12:28:41 pm »
Hi MiraVelo. The size, I'm estimating, is 56-57cm (I'm 5'10 w/ 31" inseam).

Gear Talk / Bike choices for commuting / touring?
« on: August 01, 2006, 06:51:33 pm »
Yeah. I looked for the Randonee but they're totally sold out in my region. 2007 comes out around Christmas. I thought this model was cheaper, like $750, but the customer rep said that 2006 was $950 and 2007 may cost more. Thanks for the recommend.

Gear Talk / Bike choices for commuting / touring?
« on: August 01, 2006, 05:30:40 pm »
Hi. I've recently had my mtb stolen & am shopping for an all-around bike for commuting & limited, local touring. My ideal bike should be able to stable enough to carry groceries/laundry, manuever through traffic on bad roads, and maybe take me on a short tour? Those qualities I wish for are nimbleness, speed, stability and comfort. Oh, and a drop bar! Does such a bike exist? Can it be had at/under $1,000?
Here are what the local shops have suggested: Jamis Aurora ($800), Surly Crosscheck ($800), Bianci Volpe ($890), Redline Conquest ($950), Specialized Tri-Cross ($1050), Surly LHT ($1600).

Please, any thoughts on a good compromise? I am thinking that I must save up for a seperate touring bike. I'd appreciate your ideas.

Routes / Looking for good route to Morgantown W.VA
« on: June 12, 2007, 12:42:46 pm »
Hi. Can anyone suggest some cycling routes between Pittsburgh, PA & Mogantown, W.VA? I'm going over maps to find the best backroads for a short trip.
Thanks! - John

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