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  1. Brogar3

    I want to buy a new bike, but...

    Go to bike shops, but go to a lot of them, most dealers only focus on one or two brands and will sell the heck out of them trying to get your purchasing dollar. Lemond and Bianchi both offer some great rides for under the $1500 mark you set. Bianchi offers a lot of steel frames, while Lemond has...
  2. Brogar3

    Shifty issue

    Quite possibly its because the cables on your derailure are too taught and won't allow the derailure to move enough to switch the chain which is why it works to shift up two then down one. A sign this is happening is when you are peddaling you can hear the chai rub against the derailure and have...
  3. Brogar3

    Tour de France

    You might want to throw in the name Simoni too. He pretty much destroyed Pantani and everyone else at the 2003 Giro. If Simoni can recover from this win in Italy, he could be in good form. He has certainly been talking recently about how he is going to be the biggest challenger for Lance. Also...
  4. Brogar3

    Road Bike Purchase Help

    I was in a similar situation a few months ago looking for a good ride for a good price. I went to all the dealers in town and looked at what they had to offer. Depending on what your price range is, the softest ride probably going to be with a steel frame bike. It is a bit heavier than aluminum...
  5. Brogar3

    Stage Race training

    I'm looking to start training for a four day stage race taking place in August in Estes Park, CO. This is my first season on a road bike and, by the time August rolls around, I'll have a few cat 4/5 races under my belt. Basically, I'm wondering what is the best approach for training for the...
  6. Brogar3

    Can Simoni Challenge Amrmstong?

    Simoni might have a chance in the Mountain stages, at least he does in his own mind's view, but the fact is he will be blown away in the TTs and the TTTs. Simoni's prolly comparing himself to Pantini (Lance's old rival) who he blew away in the Giro. He's talking enough smack, but I don't think...
  7. Brogar3

    My first race

    I thought I would throw my two cents in as well. I just came off my first race, a quick Crit in Indianapolis. With all the addrenaline in your body, the pace (at least for me) was very manageable. I found myself off the back of the pack after a crash I narowly avoided and caught up pretty...