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Buying first road bike(8 posts)

Buying first road bikehallcd7
May 20, 2002 10:12 AM
I have approx $1000 for a new road bike. Any opinions as to what to get? I ride Cannondale F500 MTB currently, and want to start road rides with groups, maybe event a race or 2?

re: Buying first road bikeDougSloan
May 20, 2002 10:25 AM
The best bang for the buck likely will be a 2 year old road bike that was around $1500 to $2000 new. Aluminum will be the lightest for the money. Should be able to get a nice, light frame, Ultrega or maybe even some Dura Ace components, and some Open Pro rimmed wheels for around $1000 used.

If you want a new bike, check around at shops for one on sale. I'd check Bianchi, Cannondale, Giant, Specialized, among others. You'll get a lot better bike used for your money, though.

What Doug said (nm)Kerry
May 20, 2002 5:51 PM
Agree, but be real careful about size.Spoke Wrench
May 21, 2002 5:15 AM
Especially since this is your first road bike.

When you buy a new bike from a shop, you can pick out the brand, frame and component group you feel you can afford and reasonably expect the shop to come up with a bike that is sized to fit.

When you're buying used, there's usually only one. Don't fall into the trap of buying a bike that doesn't fit just because it has a low price. Fit affects your performance, comfort and enjoyment every single minute you are on the bike.
MmmHmm (nm).dsc
May 20, 2002 9:34 PM
MmmHmm (nm).Juanmoretime
May 21, 2002 4:48 PM
Your better off erring on the side of small verse large. Ti's easier to get a longer stem or seat post. You can't cut down the frame. Road bikes verse mountain bikes. The correct mountain bike is usually determined by top tube length, road bikes by inseam. Go to They have some great formula's for determining the correct size frame. Enjoy!
re: Buying first road bike - updatehallcd7
May 22, 2002 7:04 AM
Thanks for all the helpful responses. I will purchase new,
choices are - Giant OCR 1, Fuji Roubaix, Trek 2000. Opinions? Thoughts? Other choices?

re: Buying first road bike - updateweiwentg
May 23, 2002 2:55 AM
the Roubaix is steel. it's not that heavy for a steel bike, so it's certainly a contender. what material do you want?
I'd steer away from the OCR1. the OCR frames are heavier - check with your LBS. the OCR's geometery is more relaxed, which may be a plus.