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Help me find a bike(7 posts)

Help me find a bikeTim.
Jul 25, 2001 11:58 AM
I don't really know where to start and what to look for. I know about mountain bikes, but nothing about road bikes. I am ready for a change from riding my mountain bike on the road. Where I live I am limited on choices, Trek, GT, Specialized, Cannondale, and Giant if I am willing to drive. Is there anything from these companies for hopefully less than $1000, less than $800 would be great, that would be, comparing to a mountain bike, LX/XT quality and a light, but strong frame. Also, I have seen that a lot of people like the Giant OCR series, would this be worth looking at, considering that the nearest shop that carries Giant is almost two hours away. The main concern here is warranty and repair issues, I can fix most problems, but if its under warranty then I'll let someone else do it. Thanks for any help in advance.
Some thoughts........Len J
Jul 25, 2001 12:12 PM
Have you talked to any "Roadies" in your area about the local bike shops(LBS)? The hardest thing for a newbie appears to be "Who do I trust?" Most road riders know who ids good & who isn't.

Fit is the most important thing. If you don't fit you won't enjoy the ride. Read as much as you can on how to fit a bike. There are a number of good articles on the net on this. Do a search of this site under "Bike Fit" & you should come upon the links.

If you get comfortable with a good LBS, listen to him. If Not & you get comfortable with how to determine good fit, then you might want to look at used bikes. 2 reasons: 1)If your just getting into it, you are either going to get passionate about it (in which case you will upgrade as you learn more about what you want) or you will not ride as much as you thought. Either way your up front investment is small. and 2)You can get more for your money used than new. Many people buy great bikes & then never use them. Look at the classified on this site.

Good Luck and welcome. Hope this helps.
re: Help me find a bikecheryl
Jul 25, 2001 12:41 PM
empower yourself by learning as much as you can by using the net and other riders. read through this forum(both the general and component boards)to get an idea of the questions to be asked. go to the web sites of the brands you are looking at. just spend some time surfing the links of various cycling sites you find. here are two reference sites: and here is a site that has some good articles that will help you think through some of the questions you'll have the more knowledge you have the better the decision process...GOOD LUCK and i hope you become a valuable resource for others who have cycling questions!!!!*S*
re: Help me find a bikeMikeC
Jul 25, 2001 12:43 PM
Len J is right. With road bikes, fit is much more critical than with MTBs (which is why you'll often find 1cm frame size increments). Looking at component groups, I'm afraid you won't find anything equivalent to XT on a road bike for the price range you're looking at, but that may not be as bad as it sounds. In Shimano road groups, you've got Dura Ace at the top, followed by Ultegra and then 105. Your price range leans toward the 105/Sora boundary; try for 105, because Sora isn't bad, but it's a little heavy, and you can't shift it from the drops.
If I were you, I'd do anything I could to find the right frame size (and it can vary among brands because of geometry differences), then look for either a great condition pre-owned bike (check the classifieds on this site), or a new close-out special. If you can hit 105 or above with a 9-speed cassette, and the bike hasn't been wrecked, chances are that it's a useful machine.
Jul 25, 2001 12:59 PM
the trek 1000's are very nice for under 800 bux. u should try one of them. make sure u test drive all of your options before u purchase.
re: Help me find a bikejtolleson
Jul 25, 2001 2:51 PM
I agree that the Trek 1000 is a good option in your price range, as is the Cannondale R500. The only 105 equipped bike in that range that I can think of off the top of my head is the Specialized Allez Sport. But fit will dictate which manufacturer you need more than anything.

I agree that looking at used bikes on this site is a decent option, but I think that is hard for a first purchase unless you have an experienced roadie to advise you ... information overload and too much to think about.
Thanks for all of the helpTim.
Jul 26, 2001 3:47 AM
It looks like I am going to hit a couple of the shops in the next day or two. I think I am going to try out the Trek 1200, GT 5.0, and the Specialized Allez A1, these are my only options close by. Also, unless I can find a used bike near me I really don't want to go that route. I agree that I could find a bike with better components and probably a better frame, but I want to make sure I am comfortable on it, and there is always that risk of buying something used. Again, thanks for the help and info. and I will let everyone know what I get once I decide.