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mtn. to road, some bike questions.....(4 posts)

mtn. to road, some bike questions.....commutant
Jul 9, 2001 4:57 PM
Hey everyone, I've been riding mtn. bikes for over a decade and racing for the last two years only. Big deal, I know. My point is that I just went for my first real road ride the other day and really liked it. My friend from the LBS wants me to buy a Y2.1K Redline cross bike and just use slicks on it (it's a killer deal, but...) for getting in miles but I was wondering if this a good way to go? Would I be better off to wait and get a roadie specific bike with different gears/geometry? Or should I not worry about it and make a small investment now then buy a nice ride if I'm still enjoying it several months from now? The Redline (I can't remember which model) fits me right, it's aluminum (I ride steel mtn. bikes only), I don't know anything about road/cross components though, it retails for like $850 and I can get it for about $425.00. It's the Yellow Redline with Vuelta wheels if anyone knows this model.

Anywaysssss, any thoughts or comments are appreciated, thanks in advance.

Great deal but.....J.S.
Jul 9, 2001 5:41 PM
You'll want a taller gear than what that bike comes with. I'd buy it and ride it and upgrade later if you really like road riding. You can never have too many bicycles
FWIW, I agreecory
Jul 9, 2001 6:03 PM
A cross bike with slicks works fine on the road, especially when your basis for comparison is a mountain bike. Sounds like you're pretty strong, so you may need higher gears, but that's just a cassette swap. And when you get Serious and buy a $3000 road bike, you'll have a cross bike to fool around with or commute on.
I'd look for a road bikeWadeOmatic
Jul 9, 2001 10:45 PM
You already know that you're going to ride. Cross bikes have a really bad re-sale value. HINT-that's why you can get such a "good deal" on it. You've got Fat Tires, now get some skinnies. You know something about bikes, just wait and a good road bike deal will come along.

Or just buy it and add to the stable. I don't know anyone who owns one and I have five bikes.