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Help me find a bike(5 posts)

Help me find a bikeRe5m
May 13, 2001 3:22 PM
Here's a real general question. I'm 47 years old and got hooked on mountain biking about 2 years ago. I'm getting more competitive and want to do some road riding to improve my conditioning. It's also easier to get on the road during the work week. So I'm ready to upgrade from my 20 year-old Nashbar road bike. I need some guidance. I'd like a decent, comfortable bike. One that's got a good frame and components but won't beat me up if I hit a bump. Kind of the Toyota Avalon of bikes. I'm not heavy (6', 150#) and did some serious riding pre-kids (about 15 years ago). Thanks ahead of time for any insights. (Also, what size frame should I consider...30.5" inseam.)
re: Help me find a bikeGroucho Marx
May 13, 2001 4:05 PM
Then you would be looking for a steel bike. Possibly Lemond bikes? That is if you are looking for comfort. If you ever change your mind and try aluminum, I really like Giant bikes, but that's my two cents, might not be yours. I like them cuz they're cheap, yet great frames, and decent components, and I don't mind the bumps that much. It's not even the bumps that most people don't like about aluminum. Its that you really feel the road, the texture of the road, and that wears some people out. Not me though, and I'm 6'1", 140lbs. ALso the nice thing about compact frames is the extra seatpost softens the ride considerably. But for you, Lemond bikes might be the way to go.
re: Help me find a bikesimstress
May 13, 2001 7:06 PM
I think the Lemond geometry might work. The given inseam to height ratio suggests you need a longer toptube, which Lemonds can provide.
re: Help me find a bikeSTEELYeyed
May 13, 2001 4:26 PM
Try a Litespeed Tuscany W/Ultegra 9sp. I'm about your size and 40yrs. old,and I love mine,Titanium is the only way to go if you can afford it.
STEELYeyed
education and budget...dave
May 13, 2001 8:11 PM
Go to coloradocyclist.com, sheldonbrown.com or peterwhitecycles.com and read up on fit first. I seriously doubt you're 6' tall with a 30.5" inseam (properly measured for cycling in bare feet). I'm only 5'-7" and have a 32-5/8" inseam. If these are accurate dimensions, you'll probably need a custom frame to get enough top tube length to go with those short legs.

Then decide on a budget. No one can help you pick a bike without knowing how much you have to spend. You can get a bike anywhere from $1000 to $6000 or more.