Cannondale R700?



Sebinho

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Still deciding if i should buy a this bike, i'm a beginner so will it fit me?
 

rek

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It's a great frame with some solid, decent componentry. The kind of bike you keep for a while and upgrade piece by piece as you get better.

Also, at CDN$500 it's a steal. I bought my R700 new at an end-of-year-runout sale for AU$2500 (equivalent to CDN$2300) If the frame dimensions fit, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
 

Sebinho

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alright thanks, yeah it looks brand new and i hopefully it fits me well.

seb
 

Cruzzer08

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Definitly a exelent bike, I ride a 04 R1000 (same frame) its a awesome bike. I did about 2 months of research and rode a bunch of bikes before I picked it, nothing rides like that CAAD 7
 

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Sebinho said:
Still deciding if i should buy a this bike, i'm a beginner so will it fit me?

I ride a group ride with a guy who is a Cat 4 racer (he should probably be Cat 3, though) and he whips all our butts on his R700 (I'm talking 20+ MPH avg speed over 50 miles of rolling hills). So, if this bike fits well, then go for it!
 

galaxycycle120

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Sebinho said:
how would you know if it fits well
Well you could just go to a bike store to try one out and see what size you need, then see if the one you like is the same size as the one online.
 

Randybaker99

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Sebinho said:
how would you know if it fits well

That is a good question - with no simple answer, unfortunately.

In my opinion, the first step is to measure some key dimensions of your body and then use some form of fit calculator.

option 1: go to an LBS that seems to have their act together and who offer a "Fit Kit" service - it costs about $80-$100. If you get someone who knows their stuff it is money well spent, but not everyone wants to blow $100 on this sort of thing, so

option 2: got to a web site with a free fit calculator - http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za/CCY?PAGE=FIT_CALCULATOR_INTRO is one that worked well for me. You probably need someone to help in taking some of the measurements.

Then print out the results and use them as a general guide to help you pick a frame size, a stem length and a saddle height. If you ride several bikes that all match your fit calculator results, you can start to get a preference for a particular geometry (standard or compact) and brand (for example, LeMond has a longer wheelbase and you can feel the difference).

It takes a lot of time, but then again you should be able to have the bike for at least 5 years, so 10-20 hours of time doesn't seem too unreasonable.
 

Sebinho

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and now Cycling Shorts - are they necessary and what effects to they give you

Seb
 

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Sebinho said:
and now Cycling Shorts - are they necessary and what effects to they give you

Seb
Shorts help in two ways

1/ the seamless design and padded crotch area significantly reduces the risk of saddle sores, and generally make things more comfortable, especially on long rides
2/ they wick away sweat

You can also get "short liners" to wear under normal shorts that have the padded area, and also cycling shorts that look like normal shorts.
 

Sebinho

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alright, yeah cuz at the moment theres a big sale on all bike equipment. the shorts' prices vary and since there 50 % off should i take advantage?


Seb
 

jitteringjr

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Sebinho said:
alright, yeah cuz at the moment theres a big sale on all bike equipment. the shorts' prices vary and since there 50 % off should i take advantage?


Seb

Yes, bike shorts are a must because they help keep the sweat off you by wicking it away thus keeping you drier. (although in CA thats not as big a problem as in Virginia) Plus the padding... well lets just say its a lifesavor after an hour or so in the saddle
 

BadBoyUltra

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Yes, proper cycling shorts with padding is essential for comfortable riding.

Buy a good quality brand with as many panels as you can afford.
 

merubeyurubu

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Sebinho said:
Still deciding if i should buy a this bike, i'm a beginner so will it fit me?

The CADD5 frame is nice - light and stiff. Mine (58 cm) fit perfectly (data from a bike fitting points to exactly the dimensions of the 58cm frame)

I ride it in Cat4 races (crits, hilly 70 mile road races, etc) and believe me, I can't blame the bike for anything!! I have gone through two upgrades (first to Ultegra, now on Dura Ace 7800) and the frame is still doing its job admirably (and as it's a 2002 Saeco team color model it looks cool, which does count for a lot...)