Build a Bike Help

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by Jason Settles, Feb 11, 2006.

  1. I am in my second year of cycling and love it. I want to upgrade from my
    Giant Cypress DX. My requirements are as follows:
    · Something between a road and comfort (hybrid?) bike.

    · Riding mostly on asphalt (streets [city & rural], Greenway, etc.)
    and some paths (hard packed).

    · Bike that should last at least 2 seasons (not physically but my
    riding ability).

    · Don't care for the drop handlebars of road bikes. Prefer comfort
    bike style.

    · Like the trigger style shifters.

    · Want good braking ability. Consider a bike hauling touring gear and
    me.

    · Need some gearing that would enable Grandma to climb the Alps.

    · Want the potential to cruise in the 15+ mph range.

    · Like the Giant brand, but my loyalties are fleeting.

    · Open to having a bike built if over-the-counter would require
    extensive mods.

    · Want to keep the expense in the $1,500 at this time. (lower is
    good).


    Any suggestions, recommendations, etc.? I am leaning toward the build,
    perhaps starting with a Surly Cross-Check frame. At 200+ pounds, I'm more
    concerned for my weight than a few grams of the bike frame.
    Thanks in advance for your feedback.
    *Jason. in Indy
     
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  2. Tim Binns

    Tim Binns Guest

  3. Jason Settles wrote:
    > I am in my second year of cycling and love it. I want to upgrade from my
    > Giant Cypress DX. My requirements are as follows:
    > · Something between a road and comfort (hybrid?) bike.
    >
    > · Riding mostly on asphalt (streets [city & rural], Greenway, etc.)
    > and some paths (hard packed).
    >
    > · Bike that should last at least 2 seasons (not physically but my
    > riding ability).
    >
    > · Don't care for the drop handlebars of road bikes. Prefer comfort
    > bike style.
    >
    > · Like the trigger style shifters.
    >
    > · Want good braking ability. Consider a bike hauling touring gear and
    > me.
    >
    > · Need some gearing that would enable Grandma to climb the Alps.
    >
    > · Want the potential to cruise in the 15+ mph range.
    >
    > · Like the Giant brand, but my loyalties are fleeting.
    >
    > · Open to having a bike built if over-the-counter would require
    > extensive mods.
    >
    > · Want to keep the expense in the $1,500 at this time. (lower is
    > good).
    >
    >
    > Any suggestions, recommendations, etc.? I am leaning toward the build,
    > perhaps starting with a Surly Cross-Check frame. At 200+ pounds, I'm more
    > concerned for my weight than a few grams of the bike frame.
    > Thanks in advance for your feedback.
    > *Jason. in Indy


    Find a bike shop that can fit you and perhaps get you a Soma or Gunnar.
    Then equip with Campag flat bar components, handbuilt wheels...Should
    be in the $1500 range for Veloce or Mirage/Veloce mix.
     
  4. Dan

    Dan Guest

  5. Ron Ruff

    Ron Ruff Guest

    This bike should meet all your requirements quite well, although you
    might want to substitute the road triple crank for an MTB triple
    (22/32/44) if you want really low gearing. The retail is $1600, but I
    suspect most shops would be willing to swap the cranks to a (probably
    cheaper) FSA MTB crank, and help you get the position dialed (stem swap
    if needed) for $1500.

    http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=13177&bikeTab=techspec
     
  6. Jason Settles wrote:
    > I am in my second year of cycling and love it. I want to upgrade from my
    > Giant Cypress DX. My requirements are as follows:


    What is it about your current bike that you do not like? Answering
    that question goes a long way towards figuring out what would wuit you.

    > · Something between a road and comfort (hybrid?) bike.
    >
    > · Riding mostly on asphalt (streets [city & rural], Greenway, etc.)
    > and some paths (hard packed).
    >

    Sounds like you need reasonably wide tires. 28mm is a bare minimum
    here, especially considering your weight. I would recommend something
    in the 22-35mm range.

    > · Bike that should last at least 2 seasons (not physically but my
    > riding ability).
    >


    Not much of an issue - you may just graduate to having multiple
    bikes...

    > · Don't care for the drop handlebars of road bikes. Prefer comfort
    > bike style.
    >


    Do yourself a favor and give drop bars a chance.

    > · Like the trigger style shifters.
    >
    > · Want good braking ability. Consider a bike hauling touring gear and
    > me.
    >


    Not much of an issue - just about any bike sold today has good brakes,
    provided your LBS sets them up properly. That said, whatever you get,
    upgrade the brake pads to Kool-Stop salmon ones. They make a
    difference, and will set you back about $25 for the whole bike.

    > · Need some gearing that would enable Grandma to climb the Alps.
    >


    Make sure it has a triple chainring up front. Not that hard to find
    once you move aways from drop bars.

    > · Want the potential to cruise in the 15+ mph range.
    >


    You can cruise in the 15mph+ range on a scwhinn varsity. As long as
    you don't have knobby tires, you should be fine. Note that drop bars
    help you go faster - you are more aerodynamic on them.

    > · Like the Giant brand, but my loyalties are fleeting.
    >


    Giant makes good bikes. So does just about every other bike maker that
    sells through local bike stores.

    > · Open to having a bike built if over-the-counter would require
    > extensive mods.
    >


    It is usually cheaper to get a bike close to what you want by modding
    an over the counter one than building up from scratch - you can't get
    parts for near the price that bike manufacturers can.

    > · Want to keep the expense in the $1,500 at this time. (lower is
    > good).
    >
    >
    > Any suggestions, recommendations, etc.? I am leaning toward the build,
    > perhaps starting with a Surly Cross-Check frame. At 200+ pounds, I'm more
    > concerned for my weight than a few grams of the bike frame.
    > Thanks in advance for your feedback.


    Sounds like you want a flat bar road bike that can take wide tires, or
    a non-suspension hybrid. A few examples would be: Specialized Sirrus,
    Marin Fairfax, Bianchi Boardwalk, Trek 7.2 FX, and Raleigh Route 1.
    There are others, and I don't recommend any particular make or model.
    Go take a look at every LBS in your area - pick one based on which LBS
    you like best/trust the most. You shouldn't have to spend anywhere
    near $1,500, although you can if you want. None of the above mentioned
    bikes should be more than $550.

    Later,
    Mark Muller
     
  7. Ron Ruff

    Ron Ruff Guest

    [email protected] wrote:
    > Do yourself a favor and give drop bars a chance.
    >

    I'll second that. If you are riding on the road, drop bars are
    superior... comfortable hand positions with the brakes within easy
    reach.

    Very important for comfort; make sure they are high enough... use a
    high-rise stem if necessary.
     
  8. Steve W

    Steve W Guest

    try looking at the Cheviot from http://www.hewittcycles.co.uk/ built with
    flat bars it shoud do all you want and cost under a grand.
    I have one which i built myself and it's a good bike for the money.

    SW


    "Jason Settles" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >I am in my second year of cycling and love it. I want to upgrade from my
    >Giant Cypress DX. My requirements are as follows:
    > · Something between a road and comfort (hybrid?) bike.
    >
    > · Riding mostly on asphalt (streets [city & rural], Greenway, etc.)
    > and some paths (hard packed).
    >
    > · Bike that should last at least 2 seasons (not physically but my
    > riding ability).
    >
    > · Don't care for the drop handlebars of road bikes. Prefer comfort
    > bike style.
    >
    > · Like the trigger style shifters.
    >
    > · Want good braking ability. Consider a bike hauling touring gear
    > and me.
    >
    > · Need some gearing that would enable Grandma to climb the Alps.
    >
    > · Want the potential to cruise in the 15+ mph range.
    >
    > · Like the Giant brand, but my loyalties are fleeting.
    >
    > · Open to having a bike built if over-the-counter would require
    > extensive mods.
    >
    > · Want to keep the expense in the $1,500 at this time. (lower is
    > good).
    >
    >
    > Any suggestions, recommendations, etc.? I am leaning toward the build,
    > perhaps starting with a Surly Cross-Check frame. At 200+ pounds, I'm more
    > concerned for my weight than a few grams of the bike frame.
    > Thanks in advance for your feedback.
    > *Jason. in Indy
    >
    >
     
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