Whats the most comfortable bike in the world?

Discussion in 'Triathlon' started by Ray Plotecia, May 19, 2003.

  1. Ray Plotecia

    Ray Plotecia Guest

    Friends,

    I haven't asked this group for advice since Moses did the Red Sea Triathlon, but here it is.

    I am now too old to give a poop about being fast, aero, or cool. I need a bike that is going to
    preserve what's left of my back. I think I've narrowed it down to titanium or carbon, but then
    everybody has their own soapbox.

    Is there a group opinion?

    Ray
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  2. Bill Wallace

    Bill Wallace Guest

    Any "Beam: bike. Softride is the leader in this field.

    "Ray Plotecia" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > Friends,
    >
    > I haven't asked this group for advice since Moses did the Red Sea Triathlon, but here it is.
    >
    > I am now too old to give a poop about being fast, aero, or cool. I need a bike that is going to
    > preserve what's left of my back. I think I've narrowed it down to titanium or carbon, but then
    > everybody has their own soapbox.
    >
    > Is there a group opinion?
    >
    >
    > Ray
    > --
    > _______________
    > | Beer Truck | ||'|"\,___.
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    > " (@)'(@)"""*|(@)(@)*****(@)*I
    >
    > "Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them."
    > - Albert Einstein
     
  3. Drew

    Drew Guest

    I bought a TitanFlex from Tom Piskin last year and just love it. It's light, handles great, and has
    the flex in the boom (or beam) I need to save the body. I had a professional fit done and have been
    more comfortable and faster than ever. No complaints, no regrets!

    http://www.titanflex-usa.com/

    My brother bought a Softride TT Classic from Bicycle Sports last year and is very happy as well. He
    was pretty "bouncy" at first, but is much better now.

    Good luck, Drew.

    [email protected] (Bill Wallace) wrote in message
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    > Any "Beam: bike. Softride is the leader in this field.
    >
    >
    > "Ray Plotecia" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:<[email protected]>...
    > > Friends,
    > >
    > > I haven't asked this group for advice since Moses did the Red Sea Triathlon, but here it is.
    > >
    > > I am now too old to give a poop about being fast, aero, or cool. I need a bike that is going to
    > > preserve what's left of my back. I think I've narrowed it down to titanium or carbon, but then
    > > everybody has their own soapbox.
    > >
    > > Is there a group opinion?
    > >
    > >
    > > Ray
    > > --
    > > _______________
    > > | Beer Truck | ||'|"\,___.
    > > | _..._...______===|=||_|__|...,]
    > > " (@)'(@)"""*|(@)(@)*****(@)*I
    > >
    > > "Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them."
    > > - Albert Einstein
     
  4. Kent

    Kent Guest

    I'm gonna side with Bill on this one. Never really gave the Softride much of a chance until another
    triathlete 'told' me to take his for a ride. He did warn me that I would become addicted to the ride
    and he was right. Since building my first Powerwing a little over 2 years ago I have not only
    converted a few other local athletes over to it's plush ride..but also decided I needed more than
    one. If I'm going to keep loaning one of them out all the time I'd better have a backup or I'll go
    into withdrawal. Not only will the bike eat road shock like nothing you've ever ridden it will also
    show you where you're pedal stroke is weakest and maybe help get rid of some of the reason you have
    back pain. Add a carbon fiber fork, maybe one of those new Gel saddles from Selle San Marco (I know
    I'm looking for one) and if you really want comfort get yourself a pair of Spinergy Spox wheels and
    you'll have the most Cadillac ride two wheels can provide. Don't know if it gets any better than
    this but if it does I have yet yo find it. Happy trails.

    kent
     
  5. Alan Walker

    Alan Walker Guest

    I'll vote for Softride too.....

    I drove out to Shreveport about 18 months ago and test rode several bikes at Bicycle Sports. I fell
    in love with the Softride in the first mile and bought it. It's a TT Classic with 650C Hed 3-spoke
    carbon wheels. I don't have a bad back, but had done IM FL a few weeks before on an aluminium bike
    with aluminium forks and felt pretty beat up in the last few miles of the bike. I did IM FL last
    year on my Softride and felt great. I still love it and don't regret buying it.

    Alan.

    "Ray Plotecia" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > Friends,
    >
    > I haven't asked this group for advice since Moses did the Red Sea
    Triathlon,
    > but here it is.
    >
    > I am now too old to give a poop about being fast, aero, or cool. I need a bike that is going to
    > preserve what's left of my back. I think I've narrowed it down to titanium or carbon, but then
    > everybody has their own soapbox.
    >
    > Is there a group opinion?
    >
    >
    > Ray
    > --
    > _______________
    > | Beer Truck | ||'|"\,___.
    > | _..._...______===|=||_|__|...,]
    > " (@)'(@)"""*|(@)(@)*****(@)*I
    >
    > "Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them."
    > - Albert Einstein
    >
     
  6. triathlete13

    triathlete13 Guest

    I vote Trek Carbon Fiber is great!

    "Ray Plotecia" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > Friends,
    >
    > I haven't asked this group for advice since Moses did the Red Sea
    Triathlon,
    > but here it is.
    >
    > I am now too old to give a poop about being fast, aero, or cool. I need a bike that is going to
    > preserve what's left of my back. I think I've narrowed it down to titanium or carbon, but then
    > everybody has their own soapbox.
    >
    > Is there a group opinion?
    >
    >
    > Ray
    > --
    > _______________
    > | Beer Truck | ||'|"\,___.
    > | _..._...______===|=||_|__|...,]
    > " (@)'(@)"""*|(@)(@)*****(@)*I
    >
    > "Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them."
    > - Albert Einstein
    >
     
  7. Zipp 3001

    Zipp 3001 Guest

    Most Comfortable bike in the world is one that fits you..
     
  8. Old Timer

    Old Timer Guest

    Ray I think you know my opinion, but here goes.

    I've owned a Litespeed Blade. I was very surprised at how uncomfortable I found titanium. It was not
    very forgiving at all, and it bumped my butt badly (and hands and shoulders). Don't think I'll ever
    own another ti bike.

    I've owned a couple of Aegis carbon fiber bikes. They were VERY comfortable.

    I've owned a Softride for years, and it was comfy, but as far as performance went, you kind of had
    to "aim" it down the road and hope for the best.

    As you know, I'm now on a Calfee. I still have the Softride. My wife rides it occasionally. I
    haven't been back on it once. The Calfee is even more comfy than the Softride was. I don't
    understand it. With the Softride there is no rear triangle, a big carbon beam sandwiching a rubber
    band that you sit on, yet this Calfee is far more comfortable to sit on. Fewer road bumps, more
    stable, and infinitely more pleasurable to ride from a performance standpoint.

    I like it so much I'm considering a second Calfee built very aggressively for short distance
    time trialing.
     
  9. Ray Plotecia

    Ray Plotecia Guest

    Ok, Mike.

    I'm going to order a Calfee right now. Thanks.

    Ray

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    "Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them."
    - Albert Einstein

    "Old Timer" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > Ray I think you know my opinion, but here goes.
    >
    > I've owned a Litespeed Blade. I was very surprised at how uncomfortable I found titanium. It was
    > not very forgiving at all, and it bumped my butt badly (and hands and shoulders). Don't think I'll
    > ever own another ti bike.
    >
    > I've owned a couple of Aegis carbon fiber bikes. They were VERY comfortable.
    >
    > I've owned a Softride for years, and it was comfy, but as far as performance went, you kind of had
    > to "aim" it down the road and hope for the best.
    >
    > As you know, I'm now on a Calfee. I still have the Softride. My wife rides it occasionally. I
    > haven't been back on it once. The Calfee is even more comfy than the Softride was. I don't
    > understand it. With the Softride there is no rear triangle, a big carbon beam sandwiching a rubber
    > band that you sit on, yet this Calfee is far more comfortable to sit on. Fewer road bumps, more
    > stable, and infinitely more pleasurable to ride from a performance standpoint.
    >
    > I like it so much I'm considering a second Calfee built very aggressively for short distance time
    > trialing.
     
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