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New Bike Advice(5 posts)

New Bike AdviceRun-Bike
Sep 30, 2001 9:32 AM
I ride 120 miles a week on a hybrid and am looking for my first roadbike.I'm a small guy and my local shops don't have anything small enough to test ride. They all want to take my measurements and order a bike.I don't want to spend $1500-1600 on something I haven't riden. I have also been told to get a steel bike over AL because I weigh about 137.I'm open to sugguestions. Should I save more money and get a carbon fiber bike?
re: New Bike AdviceAkirasho
Sep 30, 2001 10:17 AM
... by all means, let the shop take the measurments (they usually charge a nominal fee which goes towards the cost of a bike if you buy from them)... generally, ordering a bike in your size does not commit you to a purchase... the shop is increasing their inventory in the hopes that you (or someone else) will purchase said ride. Make sure you and the shop are on the same page...

Also, try other shops if you can... even if you've got to travel a bit (It's the end of the season for most of us so you might as well shop around for year end buys or see what's coming from Interbike).

As far as materials are concerned, you'll get a debate... you'll be the better judge of what works for you by test riding as many different frames as you can. Not all small riders find Al (lots of options) harsh... not all large riders find steel (lots of options) whippy.

Tis true that the frame (and it's construction and materials) are the heart and soul of a bike... and the properties vary by make, manufacturer, geometries and type... so a blanket "buy carbon" won't work.

If you've got $1500+ to spend, then you've got lots of options... the vast majority of them are good ones.

We abide.

Remain In Light.
Call Gary HobbsHighgear
Sep 30, 2001 10:43 AM
You can discuss your wants with someone that has lots of experience and could help you with fit. He has the best deals around. My friend purchased a Casati with Campagnolo Daytona 10 speed for around $1200 total from him. The Casati is a beautifully made Italian frame. I don't think you could do better at a shop. This is a link to his web site.
How small a guy?jtolleson
Sep 30, 2001 11:27 AM
Assuming you aren't under, say, 5'2", I'm surprised your shop doesn't have anything small enough. Are you in a small town, or visiting a mt-bike-oriented LBS?

I'd second the steel recommendation. Frame materials are hotly debated here, and you (and I) will no doubt be reminded that plenty of things influence frame feel, including quality, geometry, fork, and wheels. But as a general matter, you'll feel more comfortable over long rides on steel as a lighter rider. And frankly, I'd still with steel and skip the carbon, but you'll find lots of folks here that feel differently.

Assuming that you are looking at larger manufacturers easily available to your LBS, when you say $1500 and "steel" I like either Lemond or Bianchi, hands down. In that price range you should be able to get Ultegra components and a decent wheelset.

Ditto on the suggestion to let them measure for fit and order, so long as they'll agree that you aren't obligated to buy it if you don't like it.
re: New Bike Advicedzrider
Oct 1, 2001 4:29 AM
Carbon fiber is worth extra money if it fills a need or a desire that you feel strongly, otherwise it doesn't seem to me to be worth saving for. I'd add the Fuji Roubaix Pro to your list. You could get that with a few hundred left for accessories with $1500. Like the others say, do what you can with the LBS as long as you're up-front with them. Eventually you'll have to go back there.