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RFD Cycling Thread [OFFICIAL]

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neonic wrote:
May 2nd, 2017 9:42 am
http://www.wheelsofbloor.com/specials/r ... elo/r3-105


Not a major concern, but it seems it's the 2014 version (or even 2013?)? on a quick search (didn't check muuuch on this), from 2015 I can't see any R3 with 105 group, all starting with Ultegra, wheel set as well. I think current ones are using Mavics, 2015 was Fulcrum?

but yeah, I would choose a Cervelo over a Miele as well, but I'm not sure if I'm ready to throw 1500 on my first road bike haha. my overall budget was 1,000. I'm stretching to 1.2K if I can get Carbon fibre frame set. Also it seems that from 2016 Tiagra had a super upgrade, I wouldn't be surprised if it's better than 2013-2014's 105
that should be the 2014 with the grey/silver color scheme. There were two R3s at this point, this silver R3 and new gen R3 with higher spec parts and RCa style tubes. Then the R2 inherited the older R3 frame,

In the end, if the bike is in mint shape and fully warrantied, it's still a good deal. I'm sure some people are probably selling their used ones for that much.

But of course, if it's out of budget, oh well. If you do intend to do some serious road biking, it would be worth the extra cost IMO.
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warpdrive wrote:
May 2nd, 2017 2:36 pm
that should be the 2014 with the grey/silver color scheme. There were two R3s at this point, this silver R3 and new gen R3 with higher spec parts and RCa style tubes. Then the R2 inherited the older R3 frame,

In the end, if the bike is in mint shape and fully warrantied, it's still a good deal. I'm sure some people are probably selling their used ones for that much.

But of course, if it's out of budget, oh well. If you do intend to do some serious road biking, it would be worth the extra cost IMO.
wondering if you know (and out of curiosity) - how Garneau compares to Cervelo overall?

http://www.wheelsofbloor.com/specials/r ... erformance
This one also at 1.5K - not sure if this is Performance (105) or Sport (Tiagra) tho, colour scheme looks Sport, but name is perfo...

Supposing this is Performance indeed and 2016 model, I think it'd be better than R3 2014? Another thing, not sure if I'm in for 23c tyres on R3 - I know its an easy fix, but could cost another $100 for a pair.


I'll have a look on MLBS this Saturday and see what they have,


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on a side note, I've called asking for this Pina: http://www.wheelsofbloor.com/bikes/road ... -sora-disc
2K. 2,000 for a Sora bike :O I know it's a pinarello, and it's a disc - but maaan.
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not sure what's up with Wheels of Bloor but they have some seriously misleading "specials".

I emailed them about this:

http://www.wheelsofbloor.com/specials/r ... sc-ultegra

because it was a $7000 bike.

Guy replied saying they had my size.

I asked further questions and low and behold the one for $3500 was a demo, with mechanical Ultegra (rather than the stock Ultegra Di2) and the wheels were Axis alloy rather than the stock Roval Carbons.

Pretty misleading.

But he went on to say they had a stock setup demo for $5500.

Pretty big difference.
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neonic wrote:
May 3rd, 2017 12:31 pm
wondering if you know (and out of curiosity) - how Garneau compares to Cervelo overall?


Garneau certainly looks good on paper. Lots of 105 components on a $1500 bike, even with the basement Shimano rims. Cervelos don’t even really get discounted here in Ottawa, so $1500 for even a 2014 is a great deal. The fact that they don’t seem to give the specs/model/year makes me wonder about bait and switch.

Some people say the 11 speed gears are definitely an improvement, but it’s not like the old ones were garbage, every generation is just a subtle improvement.

The appeal of the Cervelos and other big brand names is their secret sauce in their frame designs. Certainly Cervelo is known for their frames (aero, light) and prices accordingly. R3 frames used to go for $2K just for the frame.

I’m not sure it makes any difference to a normal casual rider tho. Even the differences between the grades of Shimano gear, I’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between Tiagra/105/Ultegra if I were to be blindfolded, they all work well and shift similarly. In the end, the gear doesn’t make you go faster anyways, choose the bike on how much you enjoy riding it.
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Hi there,
Bike to work week is coming up, so I'll be getting my first bike in probably 20 years.

My budget is $500, and would try to get the best bike I can afford. I will be riding about 5km each way in good weather, but my challenge would be some steep slopes around where I live. According to google map, the decline is 55m, so good gears is a must. I assume lighter weight would help my push uphill?

I've narrowed down to a few choices. I think I prefer a smaller bike due to the peace of mind of having my foot on the ground. I'm 5'5, inseam 30". I was told I fit Giant size S, but I might try a XS too.

Would you please comment on:
1. Giant Escape 2 $525 from LBS
https://russhays.com/products/giant-2016-escape-2-gray
2. Evo River Sport $369 from LBS
http://evobicycle.com/wp-content/upload ... 63_eng.pdf
3. Miele Umbria $389
4. Rocky Mountain (used) - Metropolis YVR, Whistler
5. MEC

My heart is set on Giant, as that model has aluminum frame and fork. Also peace of mind of fitting at a local store with warranty. Giant seems to have good reputation as well. The other Evo and Miele, I can't say. Prefer not to get used bikes as I don't know what I'm getting, but I've seen Rocky Mountain used bikes on auctions for around $250. My size is hard to come by though. Lastly, MEC should have the best warranty, but they seem to be over my budget with inferior material, steel fork?

Also wonder if I should fork out more for Alight 2, as I did not like having a high top tube. Just don't feel safe if I have to stop and put my foot on the ground.

Thanks in advance for your advice. Looking forward to purchasing this weekend.
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vipjn wrote:
May 3rd, 2017 11:37 pm
Hi there,
Bike to work week is coming up, so I'll be getting my first bike in probably 20 years.

My budget is $500, and would try to get the best bike I can afford. I will be riding about 5km each way in good weather, but my challenge would be some steep slopes around where I live. According to google map, the decline is 55m, so good gears is a must. I assume lighter weight would help my push uphill?

I've narrowed down to a few choices. I think I prefer a smaller bike due to the peace of mind of having my foot on the ground. I'm 5'5, inseam 30". I was told I fit Giant size S, but I might try a XS too.

Would you please comment on:
1. Giant Escape 2 $525 from LBS
https://russhays.com/products/giant-2016-escape-2-gray
2. Evo River Sport $369 from LBS
http://evobicycle.com/wp-content/upload ... 63_eng.pdf
3. Miele Umbria $389
4. Rocky Mountain (used) - Metropolis YVR, Whistler
5. MEC

My heart is set on Giant, as that model has aluminum frame and fork. Also peace of mind of fitting at a local store with warranty. Giant seems to have good reputation as well. The other Evo and Miele, I can't say. Prefer not to get used bikes as I don't know what I'm getting, but I've seen Rocky Mountain used bikes on auctions for around $250. My size is hard to come by though. Lastly, MEC should have the best warranty, but they seem to be over my budget with inferior material, steel fork?

Also wonder if I should fork out more for Alight 2, as I did not like having a high top tube. Just don't feel safe if I have to stop and put my foot on the ground.

Thanks in advance for your advice. Looking forward to purchasing this weekend.
Nobody even went wrong with choosing a Giant. You'll be fine with the Small size Giant (I have a similar inseam). I wouldn't look at the others if you are leaning towards the Giant, it's the definitive commuting/everyday bike for city terrain.

I didn't think the Escape came in XS unless you're talking the Alight women's model.

Hills are hard no matter how light the bike is, you just have to gear down (or way down) and pedal steadily through it.

Steel and Alloys like chromoly are heavier but sometimes chosen because it is hardier if you need to subject a bike to rough handling (everyday bangs and drops). Some people prefer the way steel feels too.
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vipjn wrote:
May 3rd, 2017 11:37 pm
Hi there,
Bike to work week is coming up, so I'll be getting my first bike in probably 20 years.

My budget is $500, and would try to get the best bike I can afford. I will be riding about 5km each way in good weather, but my challenge would be some steep slopes around where I live. According to google map, the decline is 55m, so good gears is a must. I assume lighter weight would help my push uphill?

I've narrowed down to a few choices. I think I prefer a smaller bike due to the peace of mind of having my foot on the ground. I'm 5'5, inseam 30". I was told I fit Giant size S, but I might try a XS too.

Would you please comment on:
1. Giant Escape 2 $525 from LBS
https://russhays.com/products/giant-2016-escape-2-gray
2. Evo River Sport $369 from LBS
http://evobicycle.com/wp-content/upload ... 63_eng.pdf
3. Miele Umbria $389
4. Rocky Mountain (used) - Metropolis YVR, Whistler
5. MEC

My heart is set on Giant, as that model has aluminum frame and fork. Also peace of mind of fitting at a local store with warranty. Giant seems to have good reputation as well. The other Evo and Miele, I can't say. Prefer not to get used bikes as I don't know what I'm getting, but I've seen Rocky Mountain used bikes on auctions for around $250. My size is hard to come by though. Lastly, MEC should have the best warranty, but they seem to be over my budget with inferior material, steel fork?

Also wonder if I should fork out more for Alight 2, as I did not like having a high top tube. Just don't feel safe if I have to stop and put my foot on the ground.

Thanks in advance for your advice. Looking forward to purchasing this weekend.
I too, would suggest the Giant Escape. I have actually owned one (and it does come in XS). I see the link you posted is from Russ Hays in Victoria, but if you're in Vancouver, check out the Giant store down on West 4th Ave, and as well as Pitt Meadows Cycle if you're ever out that way (good service there). I also own a Trek 7.5fx hybrid, and have rode the Rocky Mountain Metro's. I still would pick the Giant as it just felt more 'nimble', but I suggest you test ride them all.
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jeppree wrote:
May 5th, 2017 11:33 am
Pledged for a bike on Kickstarter and would like a second opinion prior to it closing. Any comments you have would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/28 ... le_starred
seems awfully expensive for a single speed bike with components that aren't easily replaceable
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jeppree wrote:
May 5th, 2017 11:33 am
Pledged for a bike on Kickstarter and would like a second opinion prior to it closing. Any comments you have would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/28 ... le_starred
belt drive is cool for sure, the belts don't wear out as fast as regular chain but the Gates chain does cost something like $100 to replace. That's what my dealer told me for my Focus belt drive

Not sure I trust their sizing, if you are short or very tall. My wife is short but there's no way she could straddle that bike. Is there any weight published? I'd imagine those "cool" deep profile wheels are very heavy.
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DeeCee wrote:
May 4th, 2017 9:17 am
I too, would suggest the Giant Escape. I have actually owned one (and it does come in XS). I see the link you posted is from Russ Hays in Victoria, but if you're in Vancouver, check out the Giant store down on West 4th Ave, and as well as Pitt Meadows Cycle if you're ever out that way (good service there). I also own a Trek 7.5fx hybrid, and have rode the Rocky Mountain Metro's. I still would pick the Giant as it just felt more 'nimble', but I suggest you test ride them all.
Thanks for the replies.
I think I am going to get a step through bike as I find the men's bike being hard to get on and off in jeans. I definitely don't want to wear athletic clothing for biking to work. That bumps my budget to $649 for the Alight 2 City.
Would other brands have more affordable choices?
I'm now looking at Norco, Trek, Devinci and Specialized.
The material seems to be mostly steel fork in this price range. I believe ergonomics takes priority over materials in my case? Still trying to find one under $500 without sacrificing too many features.

Again, advice appreciated. :)
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vipjn wrote:
May 6th, 2017 12:00 pm
Would other brands have more affordable choices?
I'm now looking at Norco, Trek, Devinci and Specialized.
The material seems to be mostly steel fork in this price range. I believe ergonomics takes priority over materials in my case? Still trying to find one under $500 without sacrificing too many features.
this store seems to list a few norcos, this bike should be fine (women's model, XS and S size)
XS https://jvbike.com/store/index.php?main ... apghnra8n1
S https://jvbike.com/store/index.php?main ... apghnra8n1

Steel fork is fine in this price range, the steel may actually be a little bit more compliant than an aluminum fork.

You can also get "commuter" jeans :) http://www.levi.com/US/en_US/category/m ... p_M_030717
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Does anyone here have a recommendation on a decently priced (ideallyyyy less than $60) floor bike pump that is easy to put on Presta valves and doesn't cause it to easily break off the stem when removing it from the valve? I've already broken a stem and had to replace my tube, so I'm hoping to move to a pump that doesn't require flipping a lever upwards and possibly breaking the stem when taking it off...again (like what I've seen a lot of reviews for this pump says https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5024-690/ ... or-Pump-II even though it is cheap)

I like Lezyne's ABS2 valve system or their flip thread chucks. I found a Lezyne ABS2 bike pump for $60 at Bateman's Bikes/Sweet Pete's, but haven't committed to it.

I'd ideally like a screw on/off option.

Any ideas?
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rockthecasbah wrote:
May 7th, 2017 10:37 pm
(like what I've seen a lot of reviews for this pump says https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5024-690/ ... or-Pump-II even though it is cheap)

I like Lezyne's ABS2 valve system or their flip thread chucks. I found a Lezyne ABS2 bike pump for $60 at Bateman's Bikes/Sweet Pete's, but haven't committed to it.

I'd ideally like a screw on/off option.

Any ideas?
I've had the Beto since 1999 and I had to change the head about ten years ago. This is a solid, reliable pump. I also have a Lezyne floor pump with the screw on chuck. This too has proven reliable, though I've only had it for two years. All my bike wheels have presta valves.
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rockthecasbah wrote:
May 7th, 2017 10:37 pm
Does anyone here have a recommendation on a decently priced (ideallyyyy less than $60) floor bike pump that is easy to put on Presta valves and doesn't cause it to easily break off the stem when removing it from the valve? I've already broken a stem and had to replace my tube, so I'm hoping to move to a pump that doesn't require flipping a lever upwards and possibly breaking the stem when taking it off...again (like what I've seen a lot of reviews for this pump says https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5024-690/ ... or-Pump-II even though it is cheap)

I like Lezyne's ABS2 valve system or their flip thread chucks. I found a Lezyne ABS2 bike pump for $60 at Bateman's Bikes/Sweet Pete's, but haven't committed to it.

I'd ideally like a screw on/off option.

Any ideas?
velomane wrote:
May 8th, 2017 7:53 am
I've had the Beto since 1999 and I had to change the head about ten years ago. This is a solid, reliable pump. I also have a Lezyne floor pump with the screw on chuck. This too has proven reliable, though I've only had it for two years. All my bike wheels have presta valves.
I too have had a Beto for over 15 years now, i changed the pump head once in that time.

I think it's now $30 at MEC. It was $25 for the longest time.

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