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Help a newbie out...... Bike buying advice needed(3 posts)

Help a newbie out...... Bike buying advice neededAztec
Feb 6, 2002 2:35 PM
Hello All -

I've been wanting to buy a road bike for awhile now and I've finally got some money to spend. I currently MTB 2-3 times a week and would like to get a road bike for more training and possible commuting to work. I don't race and have no desire to do so. I just want to get stronger and faster on climbs.

The problem is I don't know squat about road bikes. I've got basic knowledge of frame materials and how they apply to MTBs so I assume most of this holds true to road bikes. I'm looking for advice or links to informative websites (something like the beginners section of MTBR).

What do I need to know? What do I want to avoid? I'm looking to spend around $1250 and would consider new or used. Any advice or input would be much appreciated.


PS - I do know I need to ditch the baggies and visor on my helmet so I'm not a total loser.
So much to discoverDCP
Feb 6, 2002 3:31 PM
Fit is very important with road bikes because you spend a great deal of time in essentially the same position. Greg LeMond's book is out of date on equipment but is quite good on fit. I think it is worth buying.

There are several wedsites covering fit. One I liked was

You have a reasonable budget. Frame materials and Shimano vs. Campy have been discussed at length here and elsewhere. You might search the archives for that.
re: Help a newbie out...... Bike buying advice neededTig
Feb 7, 2002 10:06 AM
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Look for a bike that has at least a Shimano 105 or Campy Daytona group. The available good bike choices are too many to list. I'd avoid online purchasing for a first bike though. Try a local bike store that knows road bikes and not just MTB. A salesman who knows only MTB will try to put you on a bike that is too small. A qualified fitter will save you pain and money in the long run by putting you on a bike that fits. Fit is everything!

Read though the past posts in here to learn more about road bikes.