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  • Finally caving in to road biking

    Hey guys,

    It took me a bit longer than most, but I think I'm falling victim to the TC induced road biking bug. I currently have a K2 Lithium 3.0 mountain bike for the trails, but I'm looking at purchasing a comfortable, performance oriented road bike for my commute to work, as well as eventual 50-100+ mile rides on the weekends (and some 10-25 miles rides at lunch).......maybe even a few LiveSTRONG challenges. I'm looking at spending in the sub $900 range, but could be persuaded higher under the right conditions. I've been looking at the Trek 1.2, 7.5FX and 7.6FX.......with the 7.5FX being my main focus at this point after reading reviews and specs. I've also looked over some of what K2 has to offer due to being able to get a good discount through them, but it seems that their quality just doesn't match the Treks and Giants of the world for the price. I'm not looking to become a racer, but performance and the ability to do long hauls semi-comfortably are a must.......every-day-use reliability is also a must. Any ideas? I'm open to all brands and ideas.

    Oh, I can also score a brand new Trek 1500 for a grand.......take it or leave it?

    Bobby
    Last edited by fuse929; 10-23-07, 02:41 PM.
    4/26/07 - mass confirmed w/ no elevated markers
    4/27/07 - left I/O
    5/2/07 - Dx: 100% seminoma stage 1A
    Surveillance: CT/blood (6 month cycle)
    4/27/13 - 6 years cancer free!

  • #2
    Hey Bobby,
    Welcome to the TC road bike group. After walking this years Livestrong challenge the idea of riding next years challenge became very important to me. Anyway being new to road biking I can't offer you any advice on bikes. I purchased a Giant OCR3. The OCR3 is the bottom of the OCR line. They offer an OCR2 and OCR1 and they are more inline with the budget you have inmind. It seems Giant offers a good bike for the money. You may want to take a look at them.
    If you look for the truth outside yourself, it gets farther and farther away. ~ Tung-Shan
    If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of. ~ Bruce Lee
    Please sponsor me for the 2011 LiveSTRONG Challenge Philadelphia.
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    Diagonosed 1988. Left I/O - 3 rounds of chemo
    Relasped 1989. RPLND - 3 rounds HDC - Bone Marrow transplant.
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    • #3
      Hey Jay. I checked out the OCR1 at lunch and it seems like a rock solid bike. I think right now i'm moving away from the idea of an FX (hybrid) series bike and looking more towards the Trek 1.5 / Giant OCR 1,2 type of bikes. How are you liking your Giant so far?
      4/26/07 - mass confirmed w/ no elevated markers
      4/27/07 - left I/O
      5/2/07 - Dx: 100% seminoma stage 1A
      Surveillance: CT/blood (6 month cycle)
      4/27/13 - 6 years cancer free!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by fuse929
        Hey Jay. I checked out the OCR1 at lunch and it seems like a rock solid bike. I think right now i'm moving away from the idea of an FX (hybrid) series bike and looking more towards the Trek 1.5 / Giant OCR 1,2 type of bikes. How are you liking your Giant so far?
        So far I love it. I've had it a little over a month now and put 210 miles on it. I really have nothing to compare it to as far as other road bikes. My other bike is a Giant Sadona (hybrid). They are like apples and oranges. The Sedona is the most comfortable bike I have ever ridden. The OCR is way faster but not as comfortable. My understanding of the OCR line is the more expensive the model the better the components. Frame remains the same.
        If you look for the truth outside yourself, it gets farther and farther away. ~ Tung-Shan
        If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of. ~ Bruce Lee
        Please sponsor me for the 2011 LiveSTRONG Challenge Philadelphia.
        My Blog

        Diagonosed 1988. Left I/O - 3 rounds of chemo
        Relasped 1989. RPLND - 3 rounds HDC - Bone Marrow transplant.
        There is Army Strong, There is Live Strong and then there is me. Crazy Strong

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        • #5
          Ibought an OCR in mid June and put 1500+ miles on it without a single problem. I'd get another in a minute. My only suggestion is to get a triple ring if you can.
          Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

          Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.

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          • #6
            I ended up going with the Trek 1500 Team Discovery......a dealership down here had it on sale at a price hard to pass up. Thanks for the advice guys!
            4/26/07 - mass confirmed w/ no elevated markers
            4/27/07 - left I/O
            5/2/07 - Dx: 100% seminoma stage 1A
            Surveillance: CT/blood (6 month cycle)
            4/27/13 - 6 years cancer free!

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            • #7
              Nice Bike, I'm sure you will enjoy it.
              I know its early but do you plan to ride in next years livestrong Philly?
              If you look for the truth outside yourself, it gets farther and farther away. ~ Tung-Shan
              If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of. ~ Bruce Lee
              Please sponsor me for the 2011 LiveSTRONG Challenge Philadelphia.
              My Blog

              Diagonosed 1988. Left I/O - 3 rounds of chemo
              Relasped 1989. RPLND - 3 rounds HDC - Bone Marrow transplant.
              There is Army Strong, There is Live Strong and then there is me. Crazy Strong

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              • #8
                You'll love it, fuse929. Enjoy the ride!
                Scott, [email protected]
                right inguinal orchiectomy 6/5/2003 > nonseminoma, stage I > surveillance > L-RPLND 6/24/2005 for recurrence, suspected teratoma but found seminoma, stage II > chylous ascites until 9/2005 > surveillance and "all clear" since


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                • #9
                  My wife has a trek road bike and loves it. Enjoy what's left of the fall riding season. If you go back in this thread you'll find some pretty neat bike route sites.
                  Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

                  Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.

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                  • #10
                    I'd love to ride in livestrong Philly since I'm from the Poconos as well, but I can't make it home to PA too often with graduate classes.......nice thing is you can ride 12 months a year in south Mississippi where I go to school! I might be able to plan a trip to Austin for the challenge next year.
                    4/26/07 - mass confirmed w/ no elevated markers
                    4/27/07 - left I/O
                    5/2/07 - Dx: 100% seminoma stage 1A
                    Surveillance: CT/blood (6 month cycle)
                    4/27/13 - 6 years cancer free!

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                    • #11
                      Philly and Austin are both great rides. You won't be disappointed with either one.
                      Scott, [email protected]
                      right inguinal orchiectomy 6/5/2003 > nonseminoma, stage I > surveillance > L-RPLND 6/24/2005 for recurrence, suspected teratoma but found seminoma, stage II > chylous ascites until 9/2005 > surveillance and "all clear" since


                      Your donation funds Livestrong services for people facing cancer now. Please sponsor my ride!

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