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osmium 04-28-18 01:05 PM

Softride question
 
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...40cddf77e.jpeg
Anyone know anything about one of these? What should I look for? It's a barn find.
Thanks.
Osmium.

_ForceD_ 04-29-18 09:03 AM


Originally Posted by osmium (Post 20312003)
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...40cddf77e.jpeg
Anyone know anything about one of these? What should I look for? It's a barn find.
Thanks.
Osmium.

Can't offer any info about softrides. But what's the asking price? It might be worth it just for canabilizing.

Dan

fietsbob 04-29-18 09:23 AM

Softride Company Was in Metro Seattle, IDK if they're even still in business..

SpeedofLite 05-14-18 11:03 PM

This photo is from a CL ad originating in Stockbridge, MI that has at least one additional photo. I remember this guy (name on bike). I raced triathlons, many in Michigan, in the late 80s to early 2000s. I don't remember seeing this bike though. It looks like an late 90s/early 2000s Softride Rocket TT model, likely 650c wheels based on the CL ad. Also, the paint job is custom, and the beam has been altered. You can find Softrides in original condition and rideable shape on eBay for $300. They were fast bikes on the flats because of better than average aerodynamics, but dogs in the hills because of their relatively greater weight. Also, if you didn't have a smooth pedal stroke, you tended to bob along as you rode which reduced efficiency. The beam design typically soaked up road shock, so many people like them for long rides in states with rough roads (e.g. Michigan), but this time-trial/triathlon model had a straight stiff beam that, subjectively, reduced the road shock less than strictly road models. My opinion -- it looks too rough and unloved, even for $150. The usual mechanical issue with these bikes, especially those with the aerodynamic wing-like aluminum or carbon frame, occurred at the beam/frame interface. The CL ad indicates the condition is salvage. It's an honest assessment.

BATMANs 06-28-18 10:22 AM

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...5e1e94d1d1.jpg

squirtdad 06-28-18 12:16 PM


Originally Posted by BATMANs (Post 20417303)

did stig ride the bikes?

BATMANs 06-28-18 01:10 PM


Originally Posted by squirtdad (Post 20417550)
did stig ride the bikes?

Not my truck. LOL

SpeedofLite 07-01-18 07:54 PM

I really like the mirror finish on the right. Have only seen that a few times. Nice wheel decision too.

What's going on in the yellow bike derailleur area?

BATMANs 07-05-18 08:36 AM


Originally Posted by SpeedofLite (Post 20423477)
I really like the mirror finish on the right. Have only seen that a few times. Nice wheel decision too.

What's going on in the yellow bike derailleur area?

https://www.google.com/search?q=bopw...hrome&ie=UTF-8

I put that on there for storage as I don't ride the Softrides as much due to parts being hard to find.


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