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I could use a little help here(5 posts)

I could use a little help hereAdri
May 9, 2001 10:29 AM
I love biking and I have just recently decided to get more serious about it. I need to purchase a good road bike. Nothing fancy, just something that I can take on bike tours and maybe do a few races a year. I'm also kind of on a tight buget and I really don't know a lot about differences in bikes. Could someone reccomend a bike that might work for someone like me?
Raleigh R500 and R600Underdog
May 9, 2001 10:55 AM
Both have a great comp. package and range from about $700-$1000
Raleigh R500 and R600Clyde
May 9, 2001 11:50 AM
concur..the best bike for the buck in that price range in my opinion for the use you described.
from a newbielnin0
May 9, 2001 11:07 AM
Well, I just got back into road biking this year and asked many of the same questions as you even though I don't plan on doing any Road Races this year.

From what I've seen to get a decent spec'ed bike you are looking at $1200-$1500 new. Maybe cheaper if you can find a used or last years edition that fits. Also, don't be afraid to haggle with a dealer...make up is close to 40%.

Everything below that price point and you are going to get the very bottom of the line components. But then again the bike doesn't make the rider.

Here are a few to look at (not sure what model it is with the fastback and allez but there should be one with 105 parts on it in this price range)
Bianchi Veloche or Giro
Schwin Fastback
Specialized Allez
Check out Fuji as welllook271
May 9, 2001 2:08 PM
They have some bikes comparable to the Raliegh R500 and 600. Tough to beat the Ralieghs as far as bang for the buck is concerned. My previous bike was a R700. A little more $$ (around $1100 I think) but comes with mostly Ultegra components and a decent set of wheels. (You'll find Ultegra on bikes costing alot more.)