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Help! first racing bike?(6 posts)

Help! first racing bike?NewRodie
Dec 11, 2001 6:03 AM
I want to get into road racing. I need to know what is a good road bike to buy for someone new to road racing. I don't have much to spend, I am looking for less than $1200 but I might be able to spend as much as $1500.

Also are 105s OK or do I need Ultregra?

I acutally have never ridden a road bike. I have a Trek 8000 mountain bike and use it off road and to commute. I want to join a local club and learn road cycling/racing, however, I need a road bike first.

Thank you!!!
re: Help! first racing bike?John-d
Dec 11, 2001 6:30 AM
This question gets asked a lot. My answer is, go to your LBS and see what they have to offer. Size and fit is worth more than a lb off the weight. IMHO 105 is fine for entry racing and a bit beyond. By the time you are 4th Cat you will know what you want, and if you can do it.

The three golden rules of buying a road bike.

1. Test ride
2. Test ride
3. Test ride

Good luck and don't forget, it's meant to be fun.

BTW I ride a Cannondale and just love the CAAD frame, it's all down to personal preference in the end.

re:Try lots of bikesdzrider
Dec 11, 2001 7:16 AM
Go to local shops and ride lots of bikes. 105 should be fine for the time being.

With one bike for racing and training you'll spend lots of time becoming familiar with it. The hope is that with time you'll learn to love your bike after the new toy excitement has gone.

Since you're interested in racing try to find a bike that's comfortable riding with a flat back. This is probably not the same bike that mimics the mtb riding position that you're accustomed to.

Although your price range is reasonable try a few bikes that cost a little more. You may find it worth saving for a few months to get a bike you like a whole lot better. Just be willing to put in some time to find the best possible match for yourself.
re: Help! first racing bike?cioccman
Dec 11, 2001 7:42 AM
My recommendation is don't spend much. A great entry road bike can be had for $1200. Then comes the real part. The riding. Find yourself a local club with a bent toward racing. Some clubs are just that, others have a strong racing program. Then the real stuff begins. Give it a try. There's a huge percentage of first year racers that don't come back once they realize just how tough it is out there. Secondly, rarely will you find the cat 3 or so that brings his Serotta or Calfee that he bought with his hard earned money because he doesn't have that great a job because he spends so much time training. Buy the middle of the road Specialized or Trek or Dale, that's what most others are racing. Good luck.
re: Help! first racing bike?MJ
Dec 11, 2001 7:57 AM
consider used if you can get some good support from somebody who knows their roadbikes - you may be able to get twice the bike for half the cost - there are of course many things to be wary of when buying used but as you seem to have some mtb experience it may be appropriate, particularly if the club can help you out - #

whatever you do, fit is most important and there are two ways that you should approach fit

ride everything you can
get professionally fitted
re: Help! first racing bike?Bernie
Dec 11, 2001 8:09 AM
I like the Lemond bikes with Reynolds 853 steel. I've heard many people riding IFab bikes and colnago's speaking highly of Lemond steel road bikes. One of those would be a nice bike to grab. I think they are reasonably priced. Alpe De Huez is the 105 model. I think you can get one for less than 1200. Good luck.