Questions about purchasing bicycles and parts
Just over a week ago I dropped my Fluid Sprint 3 into Anaconda for a service.
As you do, I wandered around and checked out what was on the floor.
First thing that caught my eye was a Jamis Xenith marked down to $1695.
Until that moment I had no intention of buying another bike!
The fellas I ride with are on road bikes, but I don't have any trouble keeping up on the Fluid.
Spotting the Jamis and seeing that price seemed to change all that!
How I got to this point is still a complete mystery.
In the course of a week I have put more effort into learning what's what with bikes than I ever did at school!
One of the places I stumbled on was the forum here and the wealth of information about buying a new bike.
So to all those that contributed to the buying a new bike thread, thank you!
The intensive research in bike speak has helped me get my head around concepts like group sets, crank set, cassette (who knew they were still in exsitence!!) and ratio's meant I had half a clue when I walked into the first bike shop.
I was much better prepared when I visited the second one and had a really good idea when I went to the third.
I was able to figure I was looking for an endurance bike (and not a race bike) and that the budget was around the 2k mark.
I ended up test riding a Fuji Grand Fondo 2.3 and a Specialized Roubaix.
After the second test ride (the Roubaix), I went back and took the Fuji for another short ride, just to be sure.
The excitment has been building all week.
I collect the Roubaix sl4 with the 105 group set tomorrow afternoon and looking forward to putting a few k's on the clock this weekend!!
Cheers Pete and will do!!
($2,200 including the 105 pedals and shoes)
I believe it's the 2014. Will confirm that tomorrow.
I was wondering if this was all a bit of a rush since I'd bought the Fluid in March last year.
Have entered the Bupa 110km challenge and itching to get out there on the new wheels!!
Not at all! I bought my first road bike (entry level) around March last year and have just recently upgraded to a much nicer machine.
Er, I bought my first bike, an Avanti Sprint, in February 2011. Upgraded to a Specialized Tarmac SL2 105 in September 2011. Upgraded to a Scott CR1 SL in August this year. Already planing my next (final) bike.
They say the only cure for upgraditis is to fight it. The instant you give in, it's all downhill.
I managed to fight it with my espresso machine, and the urge has finally passed after about a year. But I'd really love to get a Chinese carbon frame to deck out with the bits off my 4 month old alloy frame...
Another success story...
good to hear you are happy, weekend is around the corner and very excited for ya.
hope the weather holds out
I don't think you upgrade from an endurance road bike with a downhill MTB..
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Upgraditis cannot be ignored. Maybe you can put it off for a time, or temporarily sate the urge with component upgrades, but sooner or later you'll be looking for n + 1. Resistance is futile, don't waste your energy trying to fight it. Go with the flow.
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