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New Road rider(3 posts)

New Road riderHWood
Jul 26, 2001 3:09 PM
I have been a mountain biker for some time now. Thinking about putting some time in on the road. What should i look for in a good used road bike. I am 6-3, 215 lbs. live in a hilly area, but there is lots of country.
Any help?
Thank you.

re: New Road riderlook271
Jul 26, 2001 3:29 PM
Possibly a steel or aluminum framed bike because you're not a little guy, and it would be a good idea to look for one that has triple chain-ring if it is hilly. Maybe a used C-dale or something along those lines. (That's how I got back to riding.)
re: New Road riderjtolleson
Jul 26, 2001 5:02 PM
Generally, "ditto" to the advice about aluminum or steel rather than carbon fiber or Ti (I wouldn't buy carbon used, anyway). As for the triple, it depends what you mean by hills. The short anaerobic burst of a 1/4 mile climb can be managed on a double crank even by a new roadie... but here in Colorado we can have gut-busting climbs of 10 miles or more with grades from 10-14%; I like my triple.

The other thing I'd look for is STI shifters unless you're totally broke. Bikes with downtube shifting (other than high end bikes worthy of saving frame only) are soon being relegated to the land of garage sales, and for new riders STI (shift levers integrated with the brake levers) enable you to shift early and often, both saving your knees and learning good technique.

I'd go clipless on the pedals if you anticipate doing any significant riding at all.

You didn't mention a budget, which is a huge deal. If you want to spend $400 bucks I give much different advice than if you want to spend $1500 bucks.