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Discussion: Bike Repair Help . .so many questions

Subject: Bike Repair Help . .so many questions

By: Charlie W.

Written on: Thursday April 05, 2012

Message: I need some help. I took my bike to my local shop for my annual maintenance (full break down, wax, etc.) - and it turns out I have a crack on my front derailleur mount. The bike is aluminum, and the shop does not know anyone who repairs aluminum. I bought the bike used on eBay about 4 years ago (Specialized Comp Allez) and it has been great, but I get the feeling this is the end. So now I have a TON of questions.

My typical rides are 10-20 miles, twice a week, as my work/life/tri balance is perfect for the Sprint distance. I do not see that changing over the next 10 years. That being said:

1) I was already about to sink $225 on this bike for clean up, new chain, new tires, etc. and even if I found someone that could fix the aluminum, is it even worth it (they estimate another $200)? Will it effect the integrity of the bike?

2) If it is time to buy a new bike, and I'm going to be doing short rides and Sprints over the next 10 years, is there any point in spending the $$ to get a Tri bike, or should I just buy a road bike?

3) I want to buy a nice bike, but do not need to go crazy . .is there a "Sweet spot" price range where you get the most bang for your buck? I'm thinking < $5k

4) I'm a bigger guy (Weigh about 185), and a poster on this board recommended these specific Easton Wheels for my old bike, and I've been very happy with them. If I buy new, should I just transfer the wheels over?

please help! thanks in advance.

Subject: RE: Bike Repair Help . .so many questions

By: Jamie B.

Written on: Friday April 06, 2012

Message: First off 185 is on the smaller end of what I usually sell to. I would classify bigger as 220 plus LOL

You really have to decide what you want the bike to do. If you want to do just tris then yes go with a tri bike and drop the extra cash. If you want to do group rides and other things like that a road bike might still be your best bet.

Honestly the sweet spot price range is 2-3k anything above that is really just luxury. You can get a lot of band for your buck there. 105 is the strongest component group based on weight tolerances ultegra is the best all around dura ace is the fastest on the shimano side. You can get a kick ass bike with SRAM force or Rival on it for well in that price range too. The nice thing with the SRAM stuff is they use the same springs and bearings throughout it is just the materials of the shifters and derailers that are different making them lighter or heavier.

Seriously thought at 185 you don't have to worry about anything as far as weight standards go. Most Clydesdale stuff doesn't start until 200 or above.

Subject: RE: Bike Repair Help . .so many questions

By: Charlie W.

Written on: Friday April 06, 2012

Message: Jamie - thank you very much. So even if I'm only doing short tri's and short training rides, it would still be worthwhile to buy the tri bike?

You feel that whatever wheels come on the bike will be sufficient to hold my weight on the bike . .do you think typical wheels that come on a $2-3k bike would be better than Easton 90As?

Thank you so much for the advice. . .

Subject: RE: Bike Repair Help . .so many questions

By: Jamie B.

Written on: Friday April 06, 2012

Message: If that is your main focus yes mainly because it gives you the opportunity to move up to a longer tri if you are interested. I coach several people who only do sprint and Oly tris and most of them ride a tri bike one or two use road bikes but because they do a lot of the cycling club week day rides.

The big thing is if you think that you may want to do something other than a tri like a road race or get in some group rides or join a club then no a tri bike isn't the best choice.

At 2-3k you are getting the best bang for your buck but yes the more expensive the bike the better wheels. I think for that amount of riding you would be better off staying there. You are prob around but just under what the EA 90s are depending which model of EA 90 too. You would probably get a mid range Mavic or the Easton wheel right under it but they are still going to be roughly 500 dollar wheels that come on a bike that expensive too. I think the EA90s are closer to 850-1k depending on model and all. So you are compromising a little but it isn't like going from a porsche to a civic either.

Now that being said you might be able to find a killer closeout bike or something like that too. So really a 5k bike could be on sale for 3800 or something like that then you get the best of all worlds!

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