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Road Bike Purchase(9 posts)

Road Bike PurchaseBeantown
Nov 29, 2001 12:05 PM
Hi,
I'm a 45 year old Hiker who has been turned on to biking.
I spent this past Spring, Summer, Fall riding a newly purchased Trek Hybrid 7200 around the Boston area.
I've had a blast but am feeling the need to go faster and possibly compete. I know squat about riding and am trying
to get educated.
I can swing a budget of $1000.00 or so for a road bike. Suggestions?
Also, any suggestions for good reading material (training, riding etc.)

Pat
re: Road Bike Purchasesurf
Nov 29, 2001 12:13 PM
look into used bikes! You dont have to get the best looking, get the best quality. You can get a great used bike for well under 6-700.00, or you can get a crapy new bike for 600.00
re:Spend a day huntingdzrider
Nov 29, 2001 12:46 PM
Lots of local shops will have close-out deals on 2001 bikes. Try to find one that fits you well and if you can't get a good fit look for used. Be conscious every minute that a bike that fits poorly is a very poor value. If you're confident buying by phone, GVHBikes has excellent deals and Gary is honest and helpful.
re:Spend a day huntingmorrison
Nov 29, 2001 3:04 PM
If you do buy by 'phone, make sure you have all of your measurements before you do it. Most importantly, make sure you know your stand over clearance. If you have a decent local bike shop, they can do this for you. If not, there are books that tell you how in most big decent stores.

Regarding literature . . . try REI. They have a website (www.rei.com (i think)). From what I recall, they have some decent books on road cycling basics.
Good luck
Visit a good Local Bike Shop (LBS) or find someone who's. . .js5280
Nov 29, 2001 3:11 PM
a knowledgable cyclist. Probably the biggest rule of road cycling is bike fit. Your basically in the same position (road biking is about efficiency) for long periods of time so fit is much more crucial than a hybrid or mt. where riding position is more dynamic or geared to a more natural riding position. You can learn a lot by visiting a LBS, asking a knowledgable cyclist, or just searching these archives on "bike fit" or on the web. If a bike doesn't fit, don't buy it! It's wasted money or worse, it can cause injury.

At $1000, your probably looking at steel or aluminum frame w/ Shimano 105 compoents or Campy Daytona/Centaur if new. Used, you can probably get Ultegra or Veloce (Campy equiv?) level components, mostly likely steel or Al frame as well. Until you know what you're looking for, it's hard to buy used. I recommend going the LBS and start test riding and asking questions. Find something you like and consider purchasing it knowing you'll have support from the LBS to pick out a bike and in case you need changes. No such luck if you buy used over internet or elsewhere. However, if you find a bike you like and it fits, but it's too expensive, you can look at used ones a year or two older. Some people don't like this because in some ways you're using the LBS services, but they don't get any revenue if you buy a bike elsewhere. However, you usually end up spending a bunch w/ them on accessories, replacements, etc. Your call. There's a lot of material out there. Bicycling magazine does a good job on introducing the sport and they do publish some books to help get you started. Can't remember the titles off hand, but check out Amazon or local bookstore and start thumbing through them. Come back here for specific questions and real life experiences. Good luck!
105 = Veloce, Ultegra = Daytona/Centaur - nmErik W
Nov 29, 2001 9:53 PM
Thanks, not up on my Campy - nmjs5280
Nov 30, 2001 9:12 AM
Finding a good shop in Boston...ohio
Nov 29, 2001 9:49 PM
... is the first step.

The top-end road bike store in cambridge/somerville is ACE (or AC-something) when I was looking for a road bike these guys made me nauseous, and tried to push a TCR on me like crack on a 15 year-old, and I didn't even get to test ride anything to work out sizing. Wheelworks on Elm St. only wanted to sell me a cyclocross, but the guys there are super nice and knowledgeable.

I've been using international bicycle center downtown off Comm Ave for some help with an insurance claim on a stolen Chameleon (MTB) and they've been super helpful. I don't know what they have for road, but their store is huge so they probably have plenty, and they have no issue with test riding so that might be a great place to start.

I ended up ignoring all their advice, and built up an old benotto into a single-speed/fixie (if the darn loctite would hold) for getting around the city... maybe a real road bike is in my future, but not while I'm in this city of potholes, satanic traffic, and not-mountains.
Should be No ProblemFinding a good shop in Boston Area..Steeeve
Nov 30, 2001 1:41 AM
I used to live inside 128 before I moved to Jacksonville, FL. Man, do you have a GOOD selection of bike shops there as compared to here. (I miss dearly)