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whats a good bike for a newbie?(14 posts)

whats a good bike for a newbie?SNRS4
Nov 22, 2001 11:34 AM
i'm just getting into road riding, and I have no idea of what brands and specific bikes are good or not. I'm looking to spend less than about $1500. I've been riding my 26 pound mountain bike on the road, but its getting really old, really fast.

ps. I work at a bike shop, so i can get stuff pretty cheap
You work at a bike shop and you ask this???MB1
Nov 22, 2001 5:38 PM
One of the brands your shop carries has got to have a variety of road bikes available-ask the sales rep. For me I think the best road bike for a mountain biker is a Cyclo-Crosser with a couple sets of wheels. YMMV
I'm 15 and I just got the job 2 weeks ago. nmSNRS4
Nov 23, 2001 8:14 AM
nm
The guys in the shop must have some good ideas for you.MB1
Nov 23, 2001 9:34 AM
The basic benifit to working in a shop (other than the low pay and bad hours) is getting great deals on bike stuff. The lines that your shop sells may offer "Pro Deals" to shop employees or you can find great deals on leftover show bikes, returns or last years models.

Tell the owner/manager of your shop what your looking for with an emphasis on a great deal for a good first bike. I'm sure they will come up with something great for you.
reallyDA
Nov 23, 2001 9:34 AM
ask your boss or coworkers.... you can't buy what they don't sell
reallygtx
Nov 23, 2001 11:58 AM
you can get pro deals on stuff the shop doesn't sell, especially from smaller companies. It's just more of a hassle.
bikes too?aha
Nov 23, 2001 3:05 PM
didn't think so
bikes too?gtx
Nov 23, 2001 3:58 PM
complete bike company bikes (Trek, Giant, etc.) maybe not. I got pro deals on frames by small builders my shops didn't carry, though. Hey, all you have to do is get on the phone and ask. Even some of the bigger companies like Bianchi, etc., can be pretty cool.

But thanks for the informed, well-reasoned rebuttal.
think about itxyz
Nov 23, 2001 4:52 PM
If Jr doesn't know road bikes, do you think he's gonna get a frame and build it up? Or is he gonna just get something off the floor? (not literally obviously as eps are usually handled like a special order).
think about itgtx
Nov 23, 2001 5:29 PM
I agree. That's what I said in my original post.

gtx 11/22/01 9:17pm

I just pointed out that you CAN get stuff your shop doesn't sell. I didn't say that he should. I don't think he should spend very much--it's his first road bike, he doesn't know that he will like it, and if he's 15 he'll probably outgrow it in a year or two anyway.

-Hank (worked in bike shops from age 15-25)
re: whats a good bike for a newbie?gtx
Nov 22, 2001 9:17 PM
I bet you can get an Ultegra equipped Trek or Giant or whatever for less than $1000. I wouldn't spend more than that for a first road bike. Just make sure it fits right (take some of the bikes in the shop for some test rides). If you hate road riding you can sell it and get your money back. If you love it you can sell it and get your money back and buy something better. Employee purchase programs are dope.
get a Colnago C40nm
Nov 23, 2001 4:03 PM
nm
yupgtx
Nov 23, 2001 5:30 PM
then turn around and sell it on ebay for a profit.
Thanks for the advice, guys!! nmSNRS4
Nov 24, 2001 11:41 AM