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needs a bikeants51
Oct 5, 2001 5:56 AM
hey a college student and want to get into road biking. ive been riding a trek 4500 mountain bike for a little over a year now but the school im at has a cycling team for road bikers. anyway heres the dilemma, obviously i dont have a lot of money so my parents are going to be buying this for me but they dont think spending around $1000 for my first road bike is reasonable. can anyone point me towards a cheaper but still decent road bike? i was looking at the 2002 trek 1000 for around $600. is this worth it to get a cheaper one or should i just wait till i can get a more expensive (and better??) bike? thanks for any advice you can give me. erik
If you want to race...Rich Clark
Oct 5, 2001 6:28 AM might want to talk to the coach, riders, and (if any) wrenches for the team itself. They may have a deal going with a local shop, or a source of good used bikes. At the very least, you can get an idea of what the team is riding, so you'll have a benchmark.

I wouldn't recommend a Trek 1000 for an aspiring racer. It's nor really a racing bike, and it's not readily upgradable.

sell the MTBDAC
Oct 5, 2001 6:54 AM
and use that money, plus whatever else you can find, and buy a decent used frame in your size. Then using a few used components, and some new components, build your own. You can end up with a really nice bike for probably $750 that way.
Your parents don't ride do theyvanzutas
Oct 5, 2001 7:04 AM
$1000 is not too much but if your parents don't ride it is hard to convince them of that. my dad got into riding and it realy helped my equiptment situation when I lived at home.
I got used bikes or leftovers though. nothing new and fancy, just quality used stuff. Look at 8 spd. used stuff.

PS it helps to be fast also.
re: needs a bikebikedodger
Oct 5, 2001 7:10 AM
Have you asked the coach about any used bikes that the team members may be selling. I bet that quite a few have upgraded and still have the older bikes around.

re: needs a bikeC
Oct 5, 2001 7:16 AM
I too was in that position once. I believe I made the right choices though. Went to the bike shops looked around, decided to go with full shimano 105. Spent 1150 on the bike, which you may be able to find used 105 for 800 or so. I would not recomend anything lower because it will not be all that fun to ride. Sure a tiagra front d is no big deal but 105 is good enough for racing. Then cashed that bike in may- totalled the bike. I was getting back into it and borrowed my friends giant ocr 3- probably a 600 dollar bike. Went out for 20 miles and decided that I would have been better off if i would have taken my mt. bike. Never took the giant out again.
Glad I started on 105- which will always be good enough for me.
re: needs a bikecioccman
Oct 5, 2001 7:21 AM
Get to know a small shop owner in your area. It's amazing what sort of prices you can get that way. Get the best frame you can. All else is upgradeable if the frame and fork is worth it.
Buy used, not newDCW
Oct 5, 2001 7:26 AM
Bikes are like cars. Let someone else pay the initial depreciation.

After determining your proper sizing (especially for the seat tube and top tube) look for a good used bike. For say $800 you can expect to buy a bike that was $1200-1800 a couple of years ago. There are many sources, starting with your local bike shops and newspapers. I have recently helped my son and several friends look for used bikes on the internet. The Marketplace here is one place to look, as is e-bay. There are others. If you intend to race, I would not look at bikes with groups below Shimano 105 or Campy Athena (older) or Daytona.

To improve your odds, place your own "want to buy" ad with the size, general specs and price range. Several years ago, that worked very well for my son. He was called by a bike shop across the country that sold him a four-year-old, low miles bike for $500 that would have cost nearly $2000 new. (He just resold that bike for $550.) It will take some work and patience, but it's worth it.

Gary Hobbs ( has a few used and reconditioned bikes and frames. Give his site a look as well.

Finally, this is bike sale season, so if you are dying to buy new, scour the LBS's and internet for good sales. One local store here has been offering in stock Specialized Allez Sport w/105 for about $800. Remember, fit is almost everything, so don't compromise there. Good luck.
Lots of good ideas in this post - nmdzrider
Oct 5, 2001 8:47 AM
how about a job?Elena
Oct 5, 2001 9:03 AM
What about getting a part time job to save up for what you want?? A job at a bike shop would be a double bonus if you can get stuff cheap there. I definitely understand your parents' point of view. If I was a parent, maybe paying a good chunk of the tuition, $1000 would be a lot to spend on a bike. And I'd want my kid to learn to be self-sufficient and responsible. Then when you're riding, you have the added satisfaction of knowing that its really your own bike.

Oct 5, 2001 9:12 AM
this is the first time ive posted anythig on this site and within only a few hours over a hundred people have read it and ive gotten some great help. thanks a lot to everyone who posted something...i was expecting to wait a few days before i got any responses. thanks again. not telling you to stop posting as i can always use advice.
student loanfiltersweep
Oct 5, 2001 2:33 PM
take a bit more out in your student loan... I funded four yrs of living in excess... over ten years an extra $1600 won't add much to your payments- loans are for covering living expenses, etc... keep in mind if you you'll need shoes and pedals (which could easily run an extra $200 and up for useable stuff) and biking clothes (unless the team provides them) which can run a few hundred, plus a helmet designed more for racing with will cost around $100.

There really is a big difference between a $600 and a $1600 bike, believe it or not- much more than between a $1600 and $2600 bike (although there still is a difference there). The only problem I see with buying used is that your selection will be more limited, and it might be tempting to buy a bike that "doesn't quite fit." Also, like computers, I've seen many used bikes that are several years old where you know the owner feels it is worth a ton of money because he paid $2000 for it new five years ago (and is asking $1700 or something outrageous, thinking since he barely rode it... even though it has all sorts of older components and likely two flat tires).

Good luck! Prepare yourself for "hidden expenses."