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HELP ME(4 posts)

HELP MEHylas
Sep 18, 2001 3:35 AM
Hi,
I am new to road biking and need some help. I want buy a road bike but am unsure of which model to go for, my budget is around $3000. Been to a few bike shops in London and Cannondale, Klein and Specialized all seem to have good bikes that suit my budget. Liked the Quantam Race, the paint job was amazing but a friend said that Kleins are overpriced for what they offer.
Can anyone recommend a good bike shop in London?
A good cycling club in London?
Are Kreitler rollers any good?
Which bike should I go for?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
re: HELP MELen J
Sep 18, 2001 3:44 AM
Don't know any bike shops or clubs in London, but there are other posters here that should know

Kreitler Rollers have the reputation as "the" rollers. There are many different drum sizes, do some research.

You don't give any indication of how you will use the bike so it's hard to give you advice on specific bikes, but here is some general advice.

Choosing a bike:
1.) Fit Fit Fit the most important thing in choosing a bike. Do a search on this site for Bike fit & you will get all kinds of info & links on bike fitting. Invest the time now to become a semi-expert and you will thank yourself after the purchase.

2.) Once you are comfortable with fit. Test ride as many bikes as possible. See the article at chainreaction.com regarding "How to test ride a bike" for pointers.

3.)Pay attention to the shop you are buying from. Watch thier mechanics work. Talk to other cyclists & find out where the best wrench's work. Once you buy your baby, you want to make sure she's taken care of.

4.) During the test rides, one or more of the bikes will "talk to you". Listen! Chances are good that the bike that talks to you is the one you will ride more.

Good Luck

Len
re: HELP MEHylas
Sep 18, 2001 3:57 AM
Cheers for the info. My main use for the bike would be for general fitness. Used to be a running freak but my knees are mashed and I'm only 21. Tested the Quantam & Allez both seemed good to me.

Thanks
Hylas
re: HELP MEzero1
Sep 18, 2001 4:26 AM
kreitler rollers are suppose to be the rollers..i bought a set of minoura rollers and i am satisfied with them...to me riding rollers at first is like riding on a pond of ice..
check with as many bike shops as u can and test ride as many bikes as u can..buy the bike u are comfortable on..do not let anyone persuade u to purchase a bike that u are not satisfied with..i had a derosa stolen and i looked for about 2 months before i decided on a bike..i looked at treks, cannondales, litespeed and colnago..i decided on the colnago...the most important thing is to make sure the bike shop you choose can fit u perfect and again purchase the bike u like and are comfortable on...later, gary