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beginner road bike for under $1,000......(4 posts)

beginner road bike for under $1,000......smokey422
Apr 23, 2001 5:46 AM
i started mountain biking a little over a year ago for enjoyment and fitness. now i'm thinking about a road bike for the same reasons. i'd like to have something i can ride for an hour or so every night and do the occasional long weekend ride. also maybe one of the longer tours like the missouri state parks tour(400+ miles in a week). i'm a clydesdale(6'4", 226#, but shooting for 200) and we have some steep hills around here, so i'm sure i'll need triple rings. i live way out in the country and our closest dealers are an hour away. they carry raleigh, schwinn, GT, trek, cannondale, kona, and giant brands. my mountain bike is a gary fisher, my wife has a raleigh comfort bike that has been a very good one, especially for the money. right now, the main ones i have looked at are the raleigh R500 and the schwinn supersport series. any input would be GREATLY appreciated.
re: beginner road bike for under $1,000......smokey422
Apr 23, 2001 11:47 AM
thanks for the help, i had not thought of a cyclocross bike, but it would make a lot of sense. i do a lot of riding on gravel roads, and it would probably be better than a pure road bike there, too. also
would be a great Katy Trail bike.
re: beginner road bike for under $1,000......viking24
Apr 25, 2001 8:07 AM
hey smokey-
I'm in about the same boat-check my message from a few days earlier. I'm about the same size, 6'3" 235# aiming for 215#, and budget. I sat on $900 Schwinn and it felt pretty good, but a TREK 2000 that was on sale for $800 was catching my eye. I still haven't forgotten about the Raleigh 700--seem like great components. The problem I am having, is with my size, it's hard to find bikes to even sit on.

Let's keep in touch.

re: beginner road bike for under $1,000......toms_carsearch
Apr 25, 2001 8:34 AM
You "big guys" should look at the Lemond bike line up. They have a diffrent frame layout that might work better for you.