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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 agree||cory|
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 bike||WadeOmatic|
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.