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im a new kid(10 posts)

im a new kidrayce
Sep 27, 2001 9:05 AM
hi everyone.
im new to the road cycling world, and i need help picking out a good bike, or a frame at least that wouldnt cost me the $1500 that i dont have. Im only 14, so funds are a bit of a problem.
any suggestions?
on the block?joy
Sep 27, 2001 9:11 AM
re: im a new kidmickey-mac
Sep 27, 2001 9:15 AM
There are plenty of bikes out there in that price range that will suit your needs. Obviously, when choosing a bike you need to keep in mind the fact that you've still got some growing to do. Although plenty of good deals are available on the internet, you may be better off getting fit and buying at a good shop. If you post your general location with a request for information, you probably can get numerous recommendations for good shops from the people here. We've got posters from all over the States (and beyond). Welcome aboard and good luck with the search.
Plan on having to buy another bike in a year or two. . .js5280
Sep 27, 2001 9:36 AM
At 14 you're probably going to be growing significantly for the next 4-6 years. Fit is very important on a road bike and with legs, arms, torso, changing more than a few inches, I doubt a single bike would fit you for very long. I would NOT spend a lot on a bike with this knowledge. I would let your riding (recreation, longer rides, vs. getting into competitive racing) determine how little your willing to spend. If this is just for fun, don't worry too much about the quality of the components unless you plan on transferring them to a new frame when you outgrow this one. Just make sure that your happy with the bike you purchase because that is a big motivating factor to keep riding. If your are serious about racing then it is probably worth going after good components and wheels because you can swap them to a new frame. Don't spend a ton on the frame, it's not going to last you long because of your growth. This may be hard to do because you're very unlikely to find a inexpensive frame with really nice components, they are usually comparable in quality and cost. The best advice, pick something that fits (maybe a little on the larger size to extend the useful life), something you can afford, and something you'll be happy to ride for the next year or so.

There's also choices to what type of bike depending on the terrain you want to ride. If you want to go off-pavement, look at cyclocross, or maybe even a light mountain bike which tend to be a little less expensive than a comparable road style bike. I'm sure others will have opinions and maybe more questions. Good to hear that your interested your interested in such a great sport.
Did somebody say used?MB1
Sep 27, 2001 9:49 AM
Great way to get started. You are likely to destroy your first road bike learning how to use and maintain it. There are some awful good deals out there if you ask around.

What matters is what you do with your bike, not what you paid for it.

Get one that fits fairly well-slightly too big will be better at your age if you can't find a perfect fit.

Good luck, I always wished that I had started younger.
re: im a new kidcj
Sep 27, 2001 10:02 AM
Your friends who have bikes should be a good resource for checking things out, as should your local bike shop. Visit several bike shops in your area to find out who you like, and ask a lot of questions. You have to figure out what type of bike to get based upon the riding you want to do, and what kind of riding your friends do. A mountain bike or hybrid is more flexible in that it will go on and off road, but maybe you want a road bike. If so, use wrench science to help get an understanding of a proper fit for you - their adds on this site will take you to their site which has a good fitting process. This information will help you understand the size of the bike you need now, although as others have said, you'll grow and things will change. The type of riding and bike you want will change bike fit issues as well. Ride bikes and figure it out.

So ask a bunch of questions, ride your friends' bikes if you can, and figure out what type of bike you want. Then look for a used bike for the best price. Your local paper, bike shops selling used bikes, another kid's second bike, and the internet (try Craig's List) all can help you find a bike for what you can afford.

After you ride for a while you will learn more about the kind of bike you really want and you can start planning how to get it. For now, ride and have fun.
re: im a new kidcj
Sep 27, 2001 10:03 AM
re: new kidguido
Sep 27, 2001 11:06 AM
Get an old steel racing bike for a couple of hundred dollars; get it overhauled at the local pro shop, have a fit session, and ride the local club rides. They'll give you a good workout; you'll learn how to ride in a group.

Chrome-moly steel, any brand, works with the rider; the slight weight disadvantage will make you stronger; steel will teach you how to work the bike. Steel responds to your efforts, provides a constant feedback loop with your legs, which are still developing. If you crash, steel bends back into shape, and you can keep riding it.

The Europeans used to restrict gears on "Junior" racing bikes, so teenage cyclist would learn how to pedal fast and develope the heart and lungs, rather than bulk up the legs. So don't try to match the efforts of those 20 something guys with quads like Jan Ullrich. Use a lower gear and pedal faster, and you'll beat them as Lance did in the last Tour.

Road cycling, as constant efforts can be extended over long periods of time, provides better endurance and higher steady-state power than mountain biking. It's a real confidence booster to know you can go anywhere on a road bike. The world becomes yours to explore.
I'm 16LBS Guy
Sep 27, 2001 4:42 PM
Like others have said start out with something cheaper you'll learn to appreciate the sport, and later when you get a better bike you'll respect it more. I started out on an 89 trek i bought from my friends dad for $75, it was a great bike just to get to learn things, and having down-tube shifters helped me learn to balance and control the bike better. I've been riding about 2 years now and own a cannondale r800, learning to ride on an older bike made me stronger, and have more respect for the sport and i'm glad i got that experience. Just go out and check around for someone with a used bike for sale, its the best way to start
P.S. where u from? I'm from Macon, GA.
How's Donnie Wahlberg?Red Barn
Sep 28, 2001 7:45 AM