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    I did a quick search and found that a lot of people have said what they ride, but it's scattered throughout a couple dozens threads. I figured it would be good to get them all together in one thread just to see the different bikes people ride. I'll start:

    My ride: Specialized Secteur 2013 edition (baiscally looks like this)



    I paid roughly $1,100 for the bike but all in with the pedals/shoes/bottle cages/etc. it came to around $1500. It's a decent entry level bike, which is what I wanted as I didn't want to throw down a lot of cash before I knew if I'd enjoy road cycling. The nice about the Secteur is it has a relaxed geometry, which basically means I sit more upright than most racing bikes, so I get less tired in the back/arms than your typical bike. The bad thing about the Secteur is it has a relaxed geometry, which means I'm more prone to wind resistance so i tend to be slower.

    I've been looking to upgrade to a carbon frame bike and will likely offload the Secteur some time this summer (probably after my next tri). Chances are good that the next time I go bike shopping MJ will come with me so she can pick one out as well.
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    The new Tarmacs are really nice, but if you want to keep the geometry go with a Roubaix. It's a nice bike, but not quite as aggressive as the tarmac.

    I ride a 2011 Tarmac SL2 w/Sram Rival components. However, I've gotten the go - ahead for a new bike and have been doing some research. My LBS is super helpful. The new SL4 frames apparently kick the pants off of the old SL2 frames, and that just entry level. My wife has an SL4 with the new Ultegra 11 speed and it's pretty slick - we have the same frame size so I'm taking it out on a ride tonight. I may switch to Shimano, much as I like Sram.

    The bike I have my eye on is the Madone 7.9. I'm approved to pull the trigger on it in a few months, too. But I'm considering the Specialized Venge (I live in the flatlands, remember!) or maybe even an S Works Tarmac. I get to do lots of test rides from now until then, which is fun.
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    10 speed
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkGrace View Post
    10 speed
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    This is essentially what I ride: image.jpg

    I say essentially, because mine is a steel frame with custom geometry and a carbon Wound-Up fork. Full Shimano Dura-Ace, Rolf Vector wheels and Speed Play pedals. She's fabulous but aging.

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    Robert August. this model is actually called "What I ride." I have this exact model and color scheme. I havent ridden it in a long time

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    Very similar to this:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Very similar to this:

    Take it to the "what do you drive?" thread
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    RC, what do you like about your Kelson ?

    I bought a used Trek 1200 six years ago and it is fine for what I'm doing but I do have my eye out for something in the future. What do the more expensive bikes have that the entry level bike don't ?

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    Schwinn Trailway. Got it from Walmart for $270 about 5 years ago. It's a hybrid I bought to ride with my scouts for a few activities. I didn't have to adjust anything, because it was assembled pretty well. It has some basic shimano gears that have always operated smoothly. I have to move the seat up pretty high to get the right fit, but it actually seems to fit my 73.5" frame pretty well.

    I've thought about going after another nicer ride, but for now I'm blissfully ignorant as to what I'm missing. I'll probably start with getting some new pedals and shoes, and slowly work my way into something else.

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    Anybody ride Electra?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pelado View Post
    Anybody ride Electra?
    Carmen?
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    Effing cyclists.
    So Russell...what do you love about music? To begin with, everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Schr-ute View Post
    Carmen?
    As good as any, I guess.

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkGrace View Post
    Effing cyclists.
    Just preparing for my trip to Seattle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OceanBlue View Post
    RC, what do you like about your Kelson ?

    I bought a used Trek 1200 six years ago and it is fine for what I'm doing but I do have my eye out for something in the future. What do the more expensive bikes have that the entry level bike don't ?
    Yes, RC, what he said.
    "I think it was King Benjamin who said 'you sorry ass shitbags who have no skills that the market values also have an obligation to have the attitude that if one day you do in fact win the PowerBall Lottery that you will then impart of your substance to those without.'"
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkGrace View Post
    Effing cyclists.
    Don't be so hard on yourself, MG.
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    Picked up a Trek Pure cruiser. Much lighter, smoother, and more comfortable than my Costco special from a decade ago.
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    MJ bought a bike yesterday. She wanted to go real cheap so I decided to take her to a place where you can't go too cheap. This is what we picked up. It has Sora components, of which I'm not a fan, but she really doesn't care as she'll use if mostly for riding with friends once in a while as well as a triathlon or two every year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moliere View Post
    MJ bought a bike yesterday. She wanted to go real cheap so I decided to take her to a place where you can't go too cheap. This is what we picked up. It has Sora components, of which I'm not a fan, but she really doesn't care as she'll use if mostly for riding with friends once in a while as well as a triathlon or two every year.
    Nice. If you don't mind sharing, what were you out of pocket with that? That looks like it would be about my wife's level of interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pelado View Post
    Yes, RC, what he said.
    Your nicer bikes come with better components. You just don't have to adjust or monkey with them as often. The nicer bikes will be lighter and be made from graphite or titanium. An aluminum bike is light but has a very rough ride, go over a bump and it will about buck you off. If you want to upgrade your bike the first place to start is with our wheels set, a nice light aerodynamic wheel set will instantly add a mile or two to your speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Schr-ute View Post
    Nice. If you don't mind sharing, what were you out of pocket with that? That looks like it would be about my wife's level of interest.
    I think it was just shy of $1k. Somewhere around $930. We already had pedals, shoes, helmet and everything else so we just had to buy the bike. She's taking it out tomorrow for the first ride so we'll see how it all goes.
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    Any ride a Trek? The local bike shop (the one I frequent since the service is awesome) is having a crazy Labor Day sale and the Trek Madone is $500 off what it was last week. I'm very tempted to jump on it since I have been looking in the $3k price range (carbon, ultegra, etc.) but to get this bike for $2,500 seems like a steal. I'd have to go test it out and see if I like the ride but was wondering if anyone here has any experience with Trek.
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    I haven't tried a Trek for at least 5 years or so. At the time, I felt that the Trek bikes I rode had a muted feel, if that makes sense. Maybe a bit more compliant and sluggish than other bikes. It's been long enough that current bikes would probably have no relation, but it might be something to think about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moliere View Post
    Any ride a Trek? The local bike shop (the one I frequent since the service is awesome) is having a crazy Labor Day sale and the Trek Madone is $500 off what it was last week. I'm very tempted to jump on it since I have been looking in the $3k price range (carbon, ultegra, etc.) but to get this bike for $2,500 seems like a steal. I'd have to go test it out and see if I like the ride but was wondering if anyone here has any experience with Trek.
    you can't get dura ace for $3k?
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    Quote Originally Posted by old_gregg View Post
    you can't get dura ace for $3k?
    Lol, not new carbon fiber that I know of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by old_gregg View Post
    you can't get dura ace for $3k?
    There's a glut of bikes right at the $3k range and most of them are very similar. Cervelo and some of the trendy european brands tend to run a bit more expensive. Most of these bikes are carbon fiber with either 105s or Ultegra components. If you want to get Dura Ace, you are going to spend another $1k to $2k to get there. I'm actually not interested in Dura Ace since Ultegras are probably a bit more than I really need. I'd be fine with 105s but I figure the price difference in a fully equipped bike isn't that much between one with 105s and one with Ultegras so I'll just bite the bullet and get the better/lighter components now.

    After riding my BiL's bike (Giaint) a couple times I'm convinced I want a carbon bike. The feel and speed is just better than my aluminum entry level bike. I don't want to just buy anything though so I'll go test ride the Trek and see how it goes....but it's tough to pass up a bike that is $500 off what it was a week ago.
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    Moliere, I would be looking for two things: fit and stiffness. You've been on a Roubaix clone so far, so you are used to Specialized, and Trek may fit different (not a bad thing). If you are going carbon, prioritize frame over everything else, because you can upgrade the rest over time, but the carbon stays. In specialized, for example, I can feel a major difference between my 9r carbon and my wife's 10r carbon.

    Also, everybody is having deals now. Clearing space for the 2015 models. Bike Barn has their super blowout this weekend, and I know where you can pick up a specialized venge for just over 3k. Ultegra, but it was a demo for a year. If you are size 52.

    I am hoping to get a new bike next spring before MS150. I know what I want and have the go ahead from the mrs.
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