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Road Bike Suggestions(5 posts)

Road Bike Suggestionsstrohlde
Sep 25, 2001 11:56 AM
I just recently started searching for a road bike and I'm wondering what the best deal is in a road bike? It'll probably be 4-6 months before I purchase but I'm just wondering what would give me the most bike for the buck? My bro-in law suggested starting out with nothing lower than 105 components. Who makes good frames/bikes? Any adivce would be helpful

Thanks
Doug
Read the reviews on this web site.Mick
Sep 25, 2001 12:41 PM
Your brother-in-laws advice is good. 105 is decent quality and you'll be glad you got it. Get better if you can.
Get a mountain bikeTobyH
Sep 25, 2001 12:43 PM
They are much more fun, and you won't get white line fever either. Lets see..a mtb bike is easier on the back due to more upright body position, you'll get more of a total body workout -have to pull up to bunny hop and oh yea -you can ride it anywhere -even the road! (but be careful of cars, trucks-fumes-and old people) Try that with a road bike!

Question: is this flame bait or what?
Different Animalsgrzy
Sep 25, 2001 3:30 PM
You kinda posted an answer to a question he didn't ask. Still your points are well taken.

Rather than say one is better thatn the other, it's probably best to understand that they are different. MTB has more emphasis on dynamic handling and spinning while the road bike is all about smooth power. Ultimately doing both is best since they help each other and keep you honest. In general I find that while a pure MTB rider might have better handling skills, but the roadie can usually grind him into the ground given time. An over simplification to be sure, but I ride in both worlds. Try cranking out a double century on a MTB and finishing in the time limit. Then again bunny hoping logs isn't a good idea on a road bike.
Ride a bunch of bikesfredfal
Sep 25, 2001 8:12 PM
If you're sure that you want to buy a road bike in the next couple of months, go out now and invest a little bit in a good pair of road shoes. Fit and comfort is important. Then, you can use the shoes to go out and test-ride a boat-load of different bikes. You can get a lot of good info from this site or check out the Bicycling Magazine buyers guide (probably in your library). That's a good place to start, but fit is the MOST improtant thing in a bike. You may get a sweet deal on a bike with the greatest components and a fine frame, but if it doesn't fit, it won't be fun to ride. Check out the frame sizer on Coloradocyclist.com also. That's a good place to figure out what size road frame you'll be looking for. The last piece of advice I have is that you stick with a big name bike that has a good reputation like Specialized or Cannondale or something along those lines. Hope this helps.
Fred