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Fist Timerpancharelo
Jun 27, 2001 5:11 PM
I hope some of you experts can help me. I have been riding a mountain bike for a while. I recently tried out a friends Road Bike and I enjoyed it so much that I am thinking of getting one. However, I am quite ignorant when it comes to buying one. I am interested in something that can handle hills as well as staight aways. I can afford up to $1200. I have had good experiences with Cannodale and Specialized Mountain Bikes.I am just starting out so I really do not need top of the line but I would like something that is light and decent. Any advise would be most helpful. Than you..
re: Fist TimerDutchy
Jun 28, 2001 1:19 AM
Giant have a couple of very light aluminium framed bikes, with carbon forks. The TCR 1 & TCR 2 are very good value for money.
I don't know how much they are in U.S dollars, I think that the TCR 2 is somewhere in that range.
hope this helps some.
re: Fist TimerVelocipedio
Jun 28, 2001 8:43 AM
The TCR2 sells for about US$1450... Nice bike, though... :-)
re: Fist TimerVelocipedio
Jun 28, 2001 8:40 AM
$1200 should buy a you a fair bit of bike. Check out the Specialized Allez Sport with the carbon fork... the Cannondale R600 is just a little out of your price range, but it has a pretty good reputation [never tried one, myself]... I might also suggest that you look at the Marin Verona and the Univega Modo Volare. Both are Columbus Thron steel [me, I like steel, but that's a personal preference thing] and both have a really nice component spec -- the Marin is all Shimano 105 and the Univega is almost all Campagnolo Daytona 10sp. My preference is for Campagnolo, but that's a personal preference thing again.

You should try to aim at a good quality frame [in this price range, the frames are all pretty good] and at least Shimano 105 or Campagnolo Veloce components. Univega has a slightly lower-priced model with Veloce 9sp called the Modo Vincere that sells for @ $850.

Neither Marin, nor Univega [nor Schwinn for that matter] sponsor teams, and they don't have a lot of race cred, but they make rather nice bikes. I almost bought the Univega, actually, but decided instead to go with a Marinoni [for a number of reasons].

You'll hear that the Univega and the Marin are "heavy" bikes. That's true in that they both weigh-in at about 23 lbs, and that's more than a 17 lb high-end Colnago. The difference is that the Colnago costs about $5000. All bikes in this price range [$800-$1200] weight between 22 and 24 lbs. That's a range of less than 10 per cent of the bike, and about 1 per cent of the combined weight of the bike, a 160 lb rider and two water bottles. Unless you're a pro racer, you won't notice. Don't get hung-up on weight unless the bike is REALLY heavy [like 30 lbs].
re: Fist Timersidley
Jun 28, 2001 11:13 AM
I think the R600 and Allez and comparable Treks are all good starting points. C'dale and Trek are probably a little lighter and stiffer than Specialized but, as stated above, S'zed is cheaper and usually makes up for a less refined frame with nicer components. My first road bike was an Allez and I loved it. Be sure to get carbon fork - it makes a very big difference.

Most importantly, make sure the bike fits. You will need an experienced friend or a good LBS to tell you what fits. See for a lesson in road bike fit. That also means you need to test ride a wide range of bikes.
Do people really TIME their stay on the Tower of Power?boy nigel
Jun 28, 2001 9:23 PM
Whether they do or not, what exactly does fisting have to do with cycling? I'd strongly suggest partaking in that type of activity AFTER a bike ride, though. Pre-ride Tower stays could make for unhygenic and risky cycling. Whatever cuts your mustard (vile pun intended!), I suppose. If it makes you happy, then go for it.

Feeling frisky,