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Gonna be looking for a bike next year

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Wetdog, 28 Dec 2016.

  1. Wetdog

    Wetdog Senior Member

    Location:
    Warrington
    Hi guys and gals, I'm gonna be looking for a bike next year so I thought I would ask on here and do a bit of looking around. I've nothing against new unless a really good buy comes along.
    I currently ride a CAAD10, although it's a really good bike there is something not quite right with it. Only doing 10 miles and it's a little bit hurty, so I was gonna hopefully get something to suite me. I'm 56 and overweight, and I have numerous injuries to cope with also. Knees are knacked, and so is my back. Maybe I'll spend a fortune and get Di2, undecided yet
    I'm gonna go around the shops and call into Dolan as well and see what they can offer me, I say shops but only the top rated ones. I know it's a bit of a laudy dah thing to say but it's what is gonna happen.
    So what are your reccomendations?
     
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  2. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Location:
    Sutton
    Have you had a bike fit done with the current bike? Might be something simple to resolve the little hurty

    If you have injuries, find a retailer that understands bike fitting or get an assessment by a cycling physio before buying and start an exercise and stretching programme. That'll be a far better investment than Di2,not much use having fancy kit if you can't ride because your joints are farked or You are in pain and get no enjoyment from cycling
    I'm not sure what makes a bike shop top end?

    Maybe consider slimming world or similar if needing some impetus to lose weight (which your knees and back will thank you for)
     
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  3. dim

    dim Guest

    Location:
    Cambridge UK
    nothing wrong with a CAAD10 if it fits you properly... it's a very good bike ...

    have a professional bike fit before selling it any trying something else

    once that you start increasing your mileage, on a regular basis, the bike will become more comfortable (what I'm really trying to say, is that you have a very good bike, but you don't ride enough and your body/muscles are taking strain because of this... so ride more)
     
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  4. Wetdog

    Wetdog Senior Member

    Location:
    Warrington
    Typical Vicks there all common sense and good advise :okay:.
    I've had a fit done by my mate, an ex bike mechanic. I'll only Buy Di2 if it is something that I will benefit from, I won't be going to Halfords etc. They are achey pains, not severe but enough to piss me off. The weight thing is an issue, but I'm a big bloke to start with and you won't believe me if I told you what I weigh. Nobody ever does.
     
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  5. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Location:
    Sutton
    Are you 7ft tall or 'big boned' ;) that's my excuse too ;)

    Find a physio who does bike fitting, not a mate ex mechanic unless he's also medically trained in anatomy, biomechanics etc

    What's wrong with your knees Andrew back, do you do physio to address the issues? Hips down and core, look into Pilates as well as physiotherapy. IMO cycling is not wise with dodgy back and knees unless they are being addressed
     
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  6. Wetdog

    Wetdog Senior Member

    Location:
    Warrington
    Cheers for that dim, it seems that I might have to do more distance and a bike fit.
     
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  7. simon.r

    simon.r Person

    Location:
    Nottingham
    I'm about your age and also carry a few long term injuries. I reckon 2 things have made my cycling a lot comfier in the last 18 months.

    First, as suggested, a proper bike fit.

    Second, buying a bike that will take 30mm tyres and running them at relatively low pressures. It made a lot more difference to comfort, especially on longer rides, than I'd expected.
     
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  8. bonsaibilly

    bonsaibilly Über Member

    My recommendations are to change the saddle and get some wide tyres and pump them up if you're a weighty proposition, and a new bike is a last resort!
     
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  9. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Location:
    O' slO'
    I have a CAAD 10 105 and when I bought it I upgraded to Mavic Krysrium Elite wheels before I left the shop.

    It has been a comfortable ride since.
     
  10. bonsaibilly

    bonsaibilly Über Member

    Then, how do you know it wouldn't've been a comfortable ride beforehand?
     
  11. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Location:
    O' slO'
    Because I tried several bikes in the shop with different wheels and opted for the ones I felt most comfortable with.

    That's how.
     
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  12. Di2 is expensive and will not stop it hurting.
     
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  13. Wetdog

    Wetdog Senior Member

    Location:
    Warrington
    Yeah I know, I just think it's something that's not needed actually
     
  14. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Veteran

    Not sure you need a race bike? Unless those ten miles are time trials? ;)

    Get fit first, or get a more relaxed geometry that's still cool.

    Cinelli Bootleg Hoy Hoy Rats
    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/cinelli-bootleg-hoy-hoy-rats-2016-1/

    Cinelli Della Strada
    http://www.ubyk.co.uk/m/product.php?CI_ID=30003
     
  15. cyberknight

    cyberknight Guru

    Location:
    South Derbyshire
    How about a cannondale synapse , less aggressive fit , obviously with tweaks your current bike can be made to fit you right but if your hankering for n+1
     
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