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Road bike for mtb rider(7 posts)

Road bike for mtb ridermtbfish
Aug 18, 2001 4:59 AM
I have been riding mountain bike for a few years now and am looking for a road bike to add a little variety to my rides and some more miles. Any suggestions.
re: Road bike for mtb riderVelocipedio
Aug 18, 2001 5:11 AM
Get thee to your LBS and try a bunch of them out. Road bikes are a different kind of ride. You'll love it.
re: Road bike for mtb ridermtbfish
Aug 18, 2001 5:18 AM
What are the key things to look for on a road bike besides fit?
re: Road bike for mtb riderVelocipedio
Aug 18, 2001 5:47 AM
Fit is the main thing. If it's comfortable, then you'll survive most things. Weight is a consideration, though the weight of the bike is not as simportant as the weight riding the bike.

In terms of FEATURES... my opinion -- but it's only an opinion -- is that Shimano 105 and Campagnolo Veloce should be your starting point in terms of component groups. I'd also look for a carbon fiber fork. This is a must for aluminum frames, and really nice on steel frames. Smooths out the ride like you wouldn't believe.

Check the wheels and hubs of any bike you buy. This is where some manufacturers try to save money. You'll sometimes see a 105-equipped bike with Tiagra hubs. Try to make sure they don't down-spec the wheels. If you're looking for a starter, a whole lot of the bikes you'll see will have Mavic CXP-21 rims, or maybe Ambrosio Evolution. These are good wheels... not fancy but good wheels for the money.

Finally, take as many bikes out for test drives as you can. NEVER buy a bike you haven't tried. Pick the one that has the best price, features and, above all, the best ride. If you find two or three that you like. Pick the one in the best colour.
re: Road bike for mtb ridermtbfish
Aug 18, 2001 5:57 AM
Thanks.
If only for training, buy a used road bikeBico
Aug 18, 2001 6:25 AM
My main rides are still on a MTB but I like to train on the road with this little racing club near my home, so I bought a used Miele Lupa bike equipped with 105 components all over and paid peanuts for it... Not the best bike for racing but as a trainer it's a good choice.
Used BikesDCP
Aug 18, 2001 7:50 AM
For someone who knows how to assess a bike's mechanical condition (and it sounds like you do), a used road bike sounds like a good idea if you have a modest budget or you are not looking to make road riding a big part of your cycling. Fit is key to a road bike because you spend more time in one position than with a mountain bike and you are cornering at higher speeds. On the other hand, even with mountain bike experience, it is hard to tell what feels right because you haven't any experience on the road.

I think the possible answers (in increasing order of cost) are to read as much about fit as you can and find a used bike, get fit by a good bike shop for a fee ($50-$75) and buy a used bike, or buy a new bike from a good bike shop who will help you with fit in the process. It is a good time of year to be buying a bike as the new year models are becoming available and prior year models are discounted. LeMond's Complete Book of Cycling is pretty good on fit although out of date on bikes. There are a number of net sources, like http://www.coloradocyclist.com/bikefit/ , and you can find more by searching the archives here for fit topics.

You don't need them, but I'm fond of the electronic toys. A computer with cadence and a heart rate monitor give you something to work with in measuring your performance and pacing.

Careful, this stuff can be addictive.