Choosing a new bike: seeking your input

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by Howard, May 7, 2003.

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  1. Howard

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    I have ridden a 30-year old (Ross Professional) heavy 10-speed on and off now for the past 30 years.
    After my doctor said I had high cholesterol etc.I decided to dust it off out of storage, and I am
    now totally F****** hooked on biking. I love to ride.

    I bike to work at least 2-3 days a week (9 miles each way). I ride on the weekends (10-40 miles
    each trip).

    I live in the Bronx and Man, the streets are really rough!

    Finally, I am 52, 6 feet tall, short legs, long torso, and dying to replace this heavy bike,
    although I have done *everything* possible to make this bike work (adjustments, clothing, clipless
    pedals, hydration units) until I can put the real bucks into something sweet. (Besides, this bike
    has been an education in what not to get, and an insight into how I really ride.)

    So, Here's the Question:

    I would like to get a road bike for these commutes/rides which is tough enough to withstand the
    Bronx, NYC, and all the other places I go. But, I want a really sweet, comfortable ride, such that
    the bike "falls away" and I am running thru the air. (I have experienced this: it's gotta be similar
    to surfing in the tube or any other Karmic experience. That's my goal.

    My bike buddy suggests Lemond Buenos Aires because of the geometry, but I don't want to think I'll
    be too worried about the wheels getting banged up or out of round because of the unfortunate
    conditions I ride in. His advise sounds solid. He suggests that 105 components are my "floor".

    What does anybody think would be a great bike under these conditions? I don't race and don't plan
    to, but I LOVE to go fast. I pedal downhill almost always.

    I am especially interested in hearing from NYC riders and their thoughts and experiences, and

    I expect to pay about 1500 and can wait til summer's end to get a better deal (I ride down to 40
    degrees and as long into the winter as possible). I am also looking on Ebay, too.

    Thanks in advance,

    Howard Levinger

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