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Old 07-06-2012, 05:41 PM   #501
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The new ride. Complete for road riding in Toronto. Reflectors rock

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I'd recommend getting a cheap set of pedals at MEC or something.

Flat Bike Pedals - Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC). Free Shipping Available

The pair for $10 is really cheap and gets the job done.
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Found a pretty decent deal for anybody interested, smaller road bike entry level for ~300. Doubt its hot since the ad is quite descriptive and detailed Road Bike 52cm W/ Shimano Sora component
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No clue about bikes and would like to hop on one. $300-$400 budget. Help?

I'm 5'11

Edit: Found this one, how is it? http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/va...123394462.html
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No clue about bikes and would like to hop on one. $300-$400 budget. Help?

I'm 5'11

Edit: Found this one, how is it? Merida RB-660 Road Bike
That bike is way too small for you.

I have a Kona Hahanna for sale that would fit you if you're interested. $100 takes it. I just got repaired and tuned up at Kinetik Cycles in Burquitlam.
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Have any of you guys had problems with MEC presta tubes? I've had bad luck with two where the stem broke. They are either that bad in quality/workmanship or I'm breaking them (but not sure how.)

Edit: Nevermind. Just read some reviews. Even MEC staff say the valve sucks.
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yup, i've had some issues with MEC tubes too. last year i bought a few from Simon's bike shop on robson (close to work) and they haven't failed me yet! i forget what the brand was but the packaging was blue.
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48.6km today. Loving the bike, but i'm pooped. I really wanted to hit the 50k mark, should have done one lap around the block lol.
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Toronto block? Yeah, that would've made the 50km mark.


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^ I just bought one of those last night. Will it at least get you home, or is it after repetitive pumps that it breaks? I don't want to carry a bunk tube around with me. lol

What do you guys run your tire pressures at? I realized on my ride two days ago mine were way under inflated from the shop (Go SportChek!). I actually bottomed out on the rim on a bump. Luckily they aren't carbon, and B) I see no damage (no flat either ).

I bought a tiny hand pump and could barely managed 90psi out of the sucker, so that is where they stand right now. I'm 190lbs. I must also remind you the streets are shit out here. Oh how nice would it be to be back on the Left Coast!
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I was riding at 150lbs with my tires at 110psi.

Also, both my dad and I have had good experiences with Continental tubes.

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^ I just bought one of those last night. Will it at least get you home, or is it after repetitive pumps that it breaks? I don't want to carry a bunk tube around with me. lol
They'll work. And for some people, they work for over 1000km but I think the recent batch (here in Vancouver anyway) have quality problems with the valve stems itself. I returned them today and the girl behind the counter said they've been seeing a lot of returns lately. They seem to break after repeated pumps. I don't think I'm doing anything wrong but the stem just goes out on its own without me touching them.

I returned the two that I bought and swapped for a Continental tube. I then went across the street to La Bicicletta to ask them about tire tubes and yes - you get what you pay for. So for now, I'll see how they go. I have a Kenda tube on the rear of my Scott - so far so good.

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I run my front at 110psi and rear at 120psi. You should invest in a proper floor pump. The hand pumps really are for emergency situations when you're on the road, enough to limp you home or to the nearest shop. Make it a habit to always check your tire pressure before every ride. (I learned the hard way!)
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I bought a tiny hand pump and could barely managed 90psi out of the sucker, so that is where they stand right now. I'm 190lbs. I must also remind you the streets are shit out here. Oh how nice would it be to be back on the Left Coast!
If you're going to get a small hand pump to attach to your bike, I recommend this one. I've pumped over 100psi using this. Sure, it may take a bit longer than a floor pump, but it works great. Otherwise, carry an inflator and Co2 cartridges.

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How do you like your Gatorskins and how long have you used your Conti Tubes for? I just picked up a set of Michelin Pro 3s from Jenson for $32 each.
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I'm very happy with them. I used to have Vitorras and find the Gatorskins a much better tire with great puncture resistance. They are however not too good in the rain.
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that looks about right..honestly i didn't give the packaging too much notice :P the valve stem is nice and smooth though (as opposed to threaded) so pumps slide on real easy.
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Reviews are pretty favorable. Yes or no? Will be using it for commute, riding around, occasional trail riding. That's about as much as I'd like to spend - school starting soon
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Sure, I don't see why not. Although for that price, you can maybe stretch your budget and get something local with a Deore setup as opposed to Altus.

If and when possible, buy local. How tall are you? Kinetik Cycles might have a better spec'd Scott for $400 no tax.
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What's a Deore and what's an Altus? LOL. You can tell how much I know about bikes.

I'm 5'10-5'11. I was looking to buy local but my uncle lives in Bellingham and he's coming here in about 2 weeks..
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Check this one out - (NEW)10' Scott Sportster P6 Small - Reg.$540+tax - It will fit you. Si Ed just bought one and he's pretty happy with it. If you go, let the guy know I sent you. Deore is a lineup of parts and is above the Altus.

Kinetik Cycles in Burquitlam is selling it. I bought my Scott SUB 30 there earlier this year. The price is tax-in @ $399.

I don't know how others feel but I would buy local if/when possible because when you need the help and support, there's a shop that WILL back up their product and help you, especially when you need warranty, repairs and tune-ups.

Kinetik offers lifetime basic tune-ups as long as you are the original owner of the bike.
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