Bike ponces only welcome if they don't speak in tongues
What did you get OC?
I have DA/105 on my road bike, and the TT bike has Rival, and the SRAM shifting is fantastic compared to Shimano. Admittedly they are different types of shifters, but the SRAM is so positive. SRAM also have some whizzo TT shifters that always point forwards.
Merlin normally have some good deals on groupsets. You could always price the bits up individualy that you want.
My road bike is a compact with 11-26. TT is 39/53 with a 12-27. Considering a 28 though.
I have to name it Jason the Argonaute, (that will show my age.......)and its got 112 on the frame
R2C...very nice.. Good decision.
With a compact you can stick bigger chain rings on it.I have bought a SRAM compact for my road bike so I can use that on the TT if needed.
34x25 is very similar to 39x28 - there is only 1" gain between the two.
Here is a summary of my visitt to Halfords to look at Boardman bikes earlier today:
Me: I am interested in the Boardman Ladies roadbike. Have you any advice on sizing please?
Spotty - monotone assistant: It is up to you reallly.... get a small frame if you would like a small bike, large if you would like a larger frame and medium if you prefere somewhere in between.
Me: thanks (why did I say that!)
Spotty - monotoane assistant: You are welcome, would you like to order one now and you can collect it next week?
Me: No thanks
WTF.... I don't know much about bikes but this was not going to get me to hand over £1200.
I have been using my LBS (Eureka near Chester) to fix up my batterd Carrera Tour de France. It just appears that there may be better value away from the shop brands.
Is it wrong of me to think you get more bang for your buck from an online dealer (PX, Ribble etc..)?
Also, if I did buy from somewhere else is it wrong to use my LBS for bike fit, services etc..?
Yes, it is Keith from the Mills. He seems excellent from my numpty view point.
I was thinking of paying for a bike fit and being up front about what I was doing. Would this be fair as I don't want to be sneaky? ie. pay for a bike fit and use his expertise on sizing before buying, then buy online (or 2nd hand), go back for actual fit?
Spent the day putting bits on the new bike.. 4 inches of snow mean no riding
Its going wel, but I need a new brake cable outer as I cut it too short...... oops, the front only turns one way at the moment
Anyway, I have some shiney sram r2c shifters.......Do i need any form of barrel adjusters for these....the rear deraleiur has one, but the front has nothing....
I cannot see much on any forums......or on bike photies....
My road bike has some inline ones b/w the bar tape and the point the cable goes down the frame.....
so if I need inline ones, any iea where I buy them from..???
Thanks for the advice. I have done some more research and have my eye on a Dolan Hercules. The shop is about an hour away so will get over this week hopefully.
Any feedback on Dolan?
I did a season of road racing on a Dolan Hercules and the Etape de Tour. Never let me down at all.
Mine was, and I expect they still are, Chinese carbon frames which Dolan import, spray up and put their logos on, but nothing wrong with that. My Dolan looked identical to other "manufacturers" bikes who did just the same.
That is a few years ago now and the frame today looks different to mine but I expect the same applies. This is true of a many carbon frames today.
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