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looking for advice on purchase of first road bike(3 posts)

looking for advice on purchase of first road bikerev
Oct 17, 2001 7:21 PM
I have descided to take the plunge into road bike riding. I have been a runner for the last 20+ years and at one point in my 30s I was fairly competitive, running sub 35 min 10Ks and 2:40 marathons. My knees just can't take the pounding anymore but I would still like to compete and I got the bug this summer watching Lance. I have been reading and riding a variety a variety of different bikes. I have ridden Treks (5200, 2300) Lemond, Mongoose Ti, my son rides a Colnogo Dream Plus and I have ridden that a number of times. It's a great bike but a little too harsh for my 50 year old body. What I have almost settled on is the Kestrel Talon. What I would like to know is whether anyone out there has any recommendations regarding this bike. The reviews here having nothing on the Talon. Also what is a reasonable price to pay. The local bike shop has the standard full ultegra package, Shimano wheel set for $2500. I like the shop and the people. They offer life-time tune-ups and they just seem like good people. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. If you want to email me directly it is revd4jc@aol.com. rev
re: looking for advice on purchase of first road bikemorey
Oct 18, 2001 4:17 AM
I would first like to know how tall, and how much you weigh?
This plays a part in picking your bike. Aluminum tends to be harsh, but light. It is also very stiff. Carbon I feel should be left to a lighter rider, but they are nice. Steel bikes, which I rode most of my life are very comfortable, not as light as the others. But they are very nice, and can be purchased economically. Titanium is expensive, I do not think you should go there for your first bike. Kestrel is a well made bike.
re: looking for advice on purchase of first road bikeDave Hickey
Oct 18, 2001 5:45 AM
The Talon is a fine bike and you cannot go wrong with Ultegra components but $2500 sounds a little high for this bike. Supergo bikes shops in California was selling a Shimano 105 equipped Talon for $1399.00. They were running the ad last month but I don't see it this month. The 105 Group is one step down from Ultegra but that's a $1300 difference