Got myself a road bike!

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Got myself a road bike!

Postby frv » Sat Aug 15, 2015 8:39 pm

Birthday soon, keep running out of gears on my hybrid bike so got a nearly new rod bike off Gumtree yesterday. It's a Viking Elite Race Bike, picked it up for £300 in mint condition with a spare tyre too.
Looks pretty similar to this:
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I'm not really up on road bikes but apparently it's got reasonable kit in it's price bracket:

Model Type : Lightweight aluminium road race.
Frame Construction :Road geometry Viking top curve. Handcrafted 6061 lightweight aluminium with mudguard clearance. Replaceable dropout. Bottle cage boss.
Forks :Carbon fibre with tapered blades and aluminium steerer. Mudguard clearance.
Wheel Size :700c.
Gear System : 18 speed Sora STI combined brake and gear shifters. Prowheel 39/53T double chainset with 170mm alloy cranks.12-25T Shimano 9 speed cassette.
Wheel Specification :Viking A-350 700c alloy double wall 36 hole black rims with CNC side walls. Black spokes. Alloy hubs with quick release axles. Kenda Koncept 700x23 all black road tyres.
Brakes : Shimano Sora STI brake levers. Alloy dual pivot calliper brakes.
Handlebar and Stem : Zoom alloy ahead stem and Zoom 44cm race bars with black cork tape. Low stack cartridge headset.
Additional Information :Viking VK race saddle, micro adjust alloy seat pin. Sealed cartridge bottom bracket. Steel caged pedals with toe clips and straps.
Weight: 8.8 kg.
Frame Colour : Bright White.
Fork : Carbon.

Did a 9 mile run this afternoon and it's a totally different experience to the hybrid bike. Managed to pick up some Endura 6 panel liner shorts on that ride that I can wear under my normal cargo shorts as I need the pockets for wallet, etc.
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Re: Got myself a road bike!

Postby frv » Thu Sep 03, 2015 7:34 am

I've got myself a few more bits of kit. An undergarment (like a vest) to help with wicking apparently and a Louis Garneau Short Sleeve Jersey in bright yellow for visibility. Got them in a sale with 40% off :)
I've been racking up a few miles and enjoying the speed. Did another 11 miles last night before it got too dark making it about 50 miles since Sunday. I'm obviously just a beginner compared to some of the guys I've seen on Strava.
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Re: Got myself a road bike!

Postby ssaaaabb » Thu Sep 03, 2015 6:43 pm

Good on you! well done, Cycling is one of those things I loved as a kid, I cycled daily and went 6-10 miles daily as a teenager. I soon aged, gained weight and thought itd be easy to hop back on a bike. I was soon shocked to find how hard it was. 2 miles and I was a shaking wreck!

Im not going back to cycling again, I want to - but Im not fit enough ,I take it you must be fitter then me :D

The bike looks very decent! and im sure your going to really enjoy it.

Pedal power !! :twisted:
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Re: Got myself a road bike!

Postby Smithsk71 » Thu Sep 03, 2015 10:06 pm

Looks like a pretty good spec to me Gordon. Carbon fork, reasonably light with decent gears - bargain I reckon...enjoy :)
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Re: Got myself a road bike!

Postby frv » Fri Sep 04, 2015 9:15 am

Thanks Steve and ssaaaabb :D. Thought I'd better do some more exercise now I'm nearly 50 :lol:
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Re: Got myself a road bike!

Postby frv » Sat Oct 31, 2015 4:14 pm

I've managed a few rides since I got the road bike. Just managed my best ever 54.2 miles this morning for an October total of 271.5 miles :D

Might be doing less as the nights draw in - boo....
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Re: Got myself a road bike!

Postby Smithsk71 » Sat Oct 31, 2015 5:44 pm

Nice work, I didn't get to ride today so stuck on 269.5 including 21.8 indoors!
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Re: Got myself a road bike!

Postby frv » Sat Oct 31, 2015 9:19 pm

Wow, so close Steve :D. I'm sure you'll do more than me in November........
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Re: Got myself a road bike!

Postby frv » Sun Jan 10, 2016 5:00 pm

As I thought I did less miles in November and December.
This year I've started off well now I've managed to pick up a jacket more suited to winter weather and some overshoes to keep my tootsies warm ;)
Went for my longest ride so far this morning - 56 miles.
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Re: Got myself a road bike!

Postby frv » Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:13 pm

Today's ride. Lovely afternoon :mrgreen:
55.7 miles at average 17.3mph

362 miles so far this year
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