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Bike for a beginner(7 posts)

Bike for a beginnerMat'S
Feb 9, 2002 7:14 PM
Hello

I'm 15 and I want to buy my first road bike. I don't have a big budget so I think to buy a Giant Ocr1 or an Ocr 2.
I don't know if they are good or poor bike for me.

Thanks
re: Bike for a beginnerguido
Feb 9, 2002 9:20 PM
Hi Mat'S,

I checked out the Giant OCR 1 and 2 on their website. If you're still likely to grow taller, to say, 5'8"-5'10", I'd go with the medium size. It has 73 degree headtube and 73.5 degree seat tube angles: stable yet responsive (neutral) steering, and the right saddle setback range for fast, competitive, fitness riding. The slanted top tube will be easy to straddle if you're not yet fully grown. The Shimano 105 component group on the OCR 1, from what users have said on this site, is pretty trouble free and will last a long time. It's worth it, if you can afford it.

The advantage of this bike is that you can grow several inches and make it bigger to fit, by raising the saddle and handlebars and adding a longer stem, and it'll give you a good ride the whole time. Giant has for years given more bang for the buck than most of its competitors. It's a good choice.
I agree, a compact frame provides room for growth. -NMTig
Feb 10, 2002 6:21 AM
re: Bike for a beginnergtx
Feb 9, 2002 9:31 PM
yeah, it's hard ot pick your first bike. Do you have any friends or family members who are into riding? Do you have a good local bike shop? Ask questions, read magazines and test ride some bikes. Giant offers a lot of bang for the buck, and the compact frame sizes could be an advantage if you're still growing--you can buy a bike that is slighlt large now and still have plenty of standover. I'd also check out Bianchi, Jamis and others--anything that the local bike shops have in stock in your size and price range. If you're fairly athletic and think you might want to race, you probably don't want a triple crank. But don't be tempted to spend too much this time around--you may not end of liking it, or you might like it so much you'll be wanting a better bike anyway. Another good option is to look for used bikes. Good luck and come back with more questions if you have them. This site is a pretty good resource.
Go usedKerry Irons
Feb 10, 2002 12:47 PM
Since you are not likely fully grown yet, you'd be best to save your cash and buy a used bike. For $400-$600 you can get the equivalent of today's $1K + bike, ride it for a year or two, and sell it without losing a lot of money. Learn a little about bike fit, and search the web plus your local shops and riders.

http://www.bsn.com/cycling/ergobike.html
http://www.coloradocyclist.com/BikeFit/index.cfm
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harart-frames.html
http://www.rivendellbicycles.com/frameinfo/Frame_Sizing.htm
http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/fitting.htm
Go usedMisJG
Feb 11, 2002 8:48 AM
Here's another recommendation for going used. You won't feel as bad when you wreck it if it's already not a flawless bike! If you don't think you'll ever wreck, think again. It is nice to have something inexpensive to learn some of the valuable lessons on before you spend a lot of money. Some things that are natural and take no thought now were awkward to learn at first. Getting in and out of the pedals, just how far can you lean in a turn, don't look down to grab your water bottles (even for a second), racking your bike on a car without scratching the s*** out of it (for some reason, I seem to care more about scratching my bike than my car), etc.

When my wife wanted to start biking, I would'nt let her buy a new bike. Instead, I bought a new bike and gave her my old one. She went through all of the growing pains on my hand-me-down and after two years on it, bought a new bike. She didn't go into the market blind either. Since she'd been riding this other bike for two years, it gave her an idea of what she liked and disliked, wanted and didn't want, etc.

As if it matters, when she bought her new bike, I took back my old one and turned it into a commuter. So, another advantage! When you decide what expensive bike you really want, you will have an old bike to use for trips to the grocery or work!
Go usedmuzza_b
Feb 11, 2002 5:30 PM
I'd agree. Although also look out for big savings on a new bike which is "last year's model". When moving to a road bike from a hybrid, I was looking for a good used bike, but ended up with a new, entry-level bike at a 50% end of year sale. And yes - there are lots of lessons to learn, which I'm learning the hard way, including falling off while getting used to clipless pedals, and wiping out on a corner, and scratching both the car and bike while on the rack! Concentrate on fit, learn all you can about how to handle a road bike and how it works, and don't spend more money than you need to until you've got a couple of thousand miles under your tires. By then you'll be addicted!