's Forum Archives - General

Archive Home >> General(1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 )

Brand new.(11 posts)

Brand new.TrinsTwin15
Aug 6, 2001 8:07 AM
I am brand new to the concept of road biking but very interested. I live in Colorado and I use my bike to go EVERYWHERE! The bike that I use now is a cheap Huffy "mountain bike" that's very slow, clumsy, and heavy with knobby tires. I am sick and tired of it. I hate buckin' a head wind with that dumb thing. I want something that's FAST (underlined), light, great for medium distances, under $700, and able to withstand a few rough roads/paths once in awhile. I'm not going to carry heavy loads (maybe a backpack) but I'm not going to race either. I'm just a commuter looking for a bike to get around town quickly and easily. Any suggestions?

"I feel the need...the need for speed!"
re: Brand new.TrinsTwin15
Aug 6, 2001 8:17 AM
Why are there 2 of the same message? Hmmm...double post.
re: Brand new.Rich Clark
Aug 6, 2001 8:53 AM
Road racing bikes may not be robust enough for rough surfaces, but they'll cetainly satisfy your need for speed. But you might consider looking at cyclocross bikes which are still pretty fast on the road and are also designed to cross rougher terrain.

re: Brand new.sheesh
Aug 6, 2001 9:02 AM
Road racing bikes may not be robust enough for rough surfaces

A Rich answer... have you heard of a race called Paris-Roubaix?
re: Brand new.Jay H
Aug 6, 2001 9:07 AM
Of course the majority of Paris-Roubaix is not cobblestone.. And hell the pro racers can get a new bike after every race anyway, they don't care about long-term durability...

But having said that, a good steel road bike would be fine, and steel is more repareable than aluminum if you're really on some bad roads and take a spill...

re: Brand new.Rich Clark
Aug 6, 2001 11:25 AM
Sure, and I'd be happy to ride on wimpy little aero wheels back and forth to work too, if there was a car following me with spares all day, and if I could have a new bike at the end.

But if I'm commuting to work, paying for my own parts, and doing my own repairs, I want something a little less likely to need service every three weeks.

Which was the gist of the original question.

big orderRusty McNasty
Aug 6, 2001 9:01 AM
Eventually, reality will set in. For that price, you aren't going to find all that in any bike. Go up about $350, and buy a trek 1200.
Fellow Coloradanjtolleson
Aug 6, 2001 9:28 AM
Hey, unless you are riding somewhere I don't know about (or leaving the pavement), I can't imagine that you really need a cyclocross bike to road ride or otherwise can't get a regular road bike.

Yes, our winters take their toll on some roads (witness Squaw Pass!) but that's more a matter of being attentive and picking your line around rough pavement. Unless you are absolutely planning to ride something unusual around here, I'd expect you'll be fine with a basic road bike and some 700X23 tires with a little touring tread. Anything heavier (bike wise) or wider (tire wise) may cost you that speed you desire.

If you are on a big time budget, I encourage folks to consider 1) the Trek 1000; 2) the KHS Flite 300 (perk of steel, but weighs more); 3) the Cannondale R300; 4) Bianchi Brava. And it is almost sale time!

Most bikes under $700 are almost identically spec'd unless you get one of the more esoteric offbrands (Iron Horse, Tommasso, and of course Huffy).

Or, you can get an experienced roadie to help you pick through the classifieds (but don't do that on your own, it is just too much information, I think).

Good luck
Surly CrossCheckGreg Taylor
Aug 6, 2001 9:40 AM
It doesn't meet the $700 test (it is close), but the CrossCheck is a great "do anything" bike that should meet all of your other requirements.
Important questionMel Erickson
Aug 6, 2001 12:44 PM
Do you want road or mountain bike style bars? If you prefer mountain bike style then consider the performance hybrid bikes from several manufacturers. I especially like the Specialized Sirrus. Cannondale has the Road Warrior series (800 is a nice spec), Trek the 7500FX and there are many others. The performance hybrid class seems aimed at the type of rider who wants quality components, light weight and good performance. If you want road bars then jtolleson made some good recommendations.
re: Brand new.TrinsTwin15
Aug 8, 2001 8:10 AM
Wow! Thanks for all the replies! You guys really shed some light on my situation!

Ok, so road bikes can't really handle rough roads, right? I kind of expected that. Go for something more durable?

So what exactly is cyclocross? I've never heard of it. Maybe you're right, jtolleson. I worry that Cyclocross bikes would cost me speed. BTW, jt, where in Colorado do you live? I live north of Denver at the base of the Foothills.

The Specilized Sirrus is something that I am very interested in. In fact, I'm going to take a look at one today. That seems like a very good bike. Fast and durable. It's hybrid bike based on a road bike rather than a mountain bike which is great. I've heard great things about it and alot of people comment on it's speed.

Surly Crosscheck? I'll look into that one, too.

Thanks a ton!