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Looking to buy the right road bike?(2 posts)

Looking to buy the right road bike?flyinbowlofmilk
Dec 24, 2001 6:31 PM
I have a 2000 Raleigh Road bike(R500) with Shimano Tiagra Components. I have just recently had my Seat raised 1" ,and my handle bars adjusted. The guy at LBS told me that the bike I have may not fit correctly. He also told me that if I was to do road racing and may 1or 2 tours next year that the components wouldn't last no more than a year or more. What Should I do? Should I buy the 2001 Trek 2300or 2200 or the 2001 Specialized Allez with Ultegra components? And which bike with it's components would last me for 5 to 10 years or more? Need advice on the right bike for me to buy. I had been riding with the group from the same LBS shop I go to.
Slow day at the bike shop, eh?Rich Clark
Dec 24, 2001 8:31 PM
"May not fit correctly."

Here's how you tell: you're comfortable riding the bike. Are you comfortable riding the bike? Then it fits.

"Wouldn't last... more than a year or so."

Components don't last for lengths of time. They last for numbers of miles. And they're designed to be replaced when they wear out, whether they're Tiagra or Ultegra, Shimano or Campy.

Sounds to me like you need a new bike shop more than you need a new bike. But if you like the group rides and feel you're somehow committed to using that shop, just smile and say "maybe I'll upgrade next year."

Now, if you really *are* uncomfortable on the Raleigh, that's different. But be clear on exactly what the nature of the discomfort is, what's causing it, and what's so different about the replacement fram that will correct the problem. Don't spend money until you're clear in your mind about understanding these issues.

There's nothing wrong with Tiagra other than it's heavier than the pricier groups. Sure, some components might wear out a bit sooner (like 15,000 miles instead of 16,000 miles for a rear derailleur, say), but they can be replaced and upgraded one at a time as needed. Learning how to do that yourself will take you a long way towards not relying on bike shops that try to scare you into upgrades you don't need.