Have a look at Scapin at Veloce Bikes (think they're in Skipton)
A question for the roadies out there
2tyred - Good for you, Try a run out with a local club, if the pace is too slow (and it probably will be if you are reasonably fit) then go on the British Cycling website and find the rated clubs in your area (results based) and head out with them and then you will find out what fast is.
Frame - Pick up a Cervelo RS or R3, pound for pound they are a great frame, no soul and a fairly unresponsive but stiff and light. TBH, the biggest improvements you can make are in your legs and lungs so i'd spend the money on a Powertap.
The geezer in the background doesn't even know how to use sunnies, not sure I'd take his advice on helmets
I wouldn't bother with a bespoke road bike again.
Back in the day I got a 653 chorus equiped custom build and it made my back hurt like a bitch.
Borrowed a stock Giant TCR off a guy in a LBS and it fit like a glove!
Bought a replacement last year (TCR 2). Carbon, Ultegra (changed the c/set for a compact though).
Go to a decent shop who know how to set you up and you are there. Complete bikes at the moment are much better deals.
Worked for me.
Ti or carbon is a personal choice.... both feel different. Ti will always appeal as it just looks great all the time, but as with anything it is down to the maker and the rider as to whether it is right. But try some off the peg carbon bikes such as Giant Defy advanced/Trek Madone (if you want a sportif bike) or Giant TCR/Trek Madone Pro (if you want a racy bike) as these are generally easily available from a lot of shops to demo. This will give you an idea of geometry. If one suits then you could get a frame made to the same geometry from Ti or 953 steel if that is what you want, or build a custom spec on one of those frames. I was recently told by a road racing enthusiast to steer clear of Dura Ace unless you are racing..... Ultegra was built to show how well Shimano can work, Dura Ace was built to show how light Shimano can be. As for wheels you can never go wrong with Mavic, Easton or Reynolds.
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