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Buying a bike(3 posts)

Buying a biketaco
Jan 31, 2002 6:30 AM
I am looking for suggestions on purchasing my first road bike and am looking to spend somewhere between 1500 and 2500 USD.

Based on bike reviews and my surfing around the internet, I have been somewhat focused on the Lemond Zurich. The problem is, I am living in Germany, and the closest dealer I can find is seven hours away in Switzerland. The bike is in stock in my assumed size (55 cm). However, this is only the first bike I've focused on, and without a test ride on it and other bikes to compare, I can't be sure if it's the bike for me.

Since I live in Europe, should I be looking at European bikes instead? Are European bikes less expensive here than in the States?

There are bike shops all over Germany, but very few of the bike shops in my area carry higher end road bikes, and I believe I will have to travel out of town to find the dealers of the brands I'm interested in. Thus, I need focus.

I'm at the beginning of my decision process and really don't know where to begin. I am leaning towards a steel frame with Ultegra components, but I am not too versed on wheelsets and don't really know one wheelset from another. Of course, Mavic seems to be about 30% cheaper here in Germany than in the States, at least for mountain bike rims. I am also capable of building a bike up from a frame, if that is the way to go.

Any advice or comments would be greatly appreciated.

re: Buying a bikepmf1
Jan 31, 2002 6:38 AM
I'd check out what the locals are riding. In the U.S., a Litespeed is considered a pretty common bike and Colnagos are exotic. In Italy, I had saw guys getting off their Colnagos and drooling over my Litespeed.

It makes more sense to eat, and ride, the local cuisine. A Lemond Zurich is a nice 853 steel bike. Surely you can find a fairly comparable locally made bike. I'd shop the local scene, take some test rides and talk to people. Mail order is an option too. Driving 7 hours to buy a sight unseen Trek product when you might be able to get a Colnago or Pinarello for the same price down the block seems crazy to me.
Jan 31, 2002 11:28 PM
I didn't know Lemond was owned by Trek. I've got a lot to learn. Thanks.