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what road bike to buy?(7 posts)

what road bike to buy?Geoff
Jul 29, 2001 7:27 PM
This past year I picked up Mt. bike racing. I would like to find a nice road bike to help me train better and even race a little on the side. I am looking for a good bike but not really expensive say less that 800. I don't mind getting one used. If you have any suggestions on brands and component suggestions that would help greatly.

Geoff
One that fitsSTEELYeyed
Jul 29, 2001 8:28 PM
Do a search for road bike fitting and go from there,I would go with a Raliegh or similar aluminum or steel frame,with Shimano 105 spec and Mavic CXP 21 wheels or something similar,remember,a cheap bike that fits you is 100 times better than an expensive one that doesn't.

Often in error,but never in doubt.
STEELYeyed
One that fitsCar Magnet
Jul 30, 2001 1:58 AM
That really is good advice. There is a post in the classified for just that. $800 for a 105 equipped bike (forgot what brand, but multiple sizes were listed). There are a lot of good deals on bikes in your price range right now, mostly aluminum frames. Just make sure the bike fits.
MOSER!Dong Long
Jul 29, 2001 10:27 PM
There is NO WAY you are getting a decent road bike for less than $800 genius. Save up $1500 and get yourself a MOser Forma, THE best value bike out there. Beautiful, fast, funtional....BRAVO MOSER! Whhoooooooo whooooooooo whooooooooo! Yeeeha! WhhoooooOO! Moser! MOser! MOser! Yeeha! Badabing badaboom! WhoooooooO! Whoooo!
MOSER!tkohn
Jul 30, 2001 6:22 AM
This guy is obviously a fool. Keep your eyes open and read the classifieds often. When a good deal comes around you have to be able to jump on it quick. Good luck
Consider Usedjagiger
Jul 30, 2001 8:15 AM
You can probably get a decent bike for $800, but not a racing bike. You might think of buying a good used bike. I got lucky this year &
picked up a Cannodale R2000si for $1600. I saw the same bike locally for $2700. I know you don't want to spend that much but the point is that you can get more for your money. Patience is the key, so if you need it now, it might not be as easy to pull off.
Consider Usedjtolleson
Jul 30, 2001 11:13 AM
I think that buying used requires you to already know A LOT about what to look for, or to have a handy mentor help. Don't try to do it alone, but if an experienced cyclist will help, you can get lots of bang for the buck.

I helped my brother find a Daytona-equipped Sampson Kalispell in the classifieds (on this site) for $900, and my sister got a barely-used Trek 2300 with full Ultegra for $1000 in the same place. So the deals are out there, but so are the pitfalls.