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What Bike?(4 posts)

What Bike?maxr
Feb 18, 2002 5:10 PM
I have been mountain bike riding for 8 years, and am about to take the plunge and get a road bike. I want to use it to do longer rides (60 miles +) to get fitter and lighter. I am around 5'11" and weigh 210 pounds, so as you can see I do need to drop some weight. Given all that, what are the things I should focus on in choosing a bike.....is is the wheels (and if so, what about them?), the group set, the frame construction or what? I'd like to think I can get what I need for around $1500 or so, but I do have some flexibility in that regard. All I have looked at so far is a Specialized Allez A1 Elite, but I left realising I don't know where to start.
What I have realised from riding Mtbr is that some frame/wheelset combinations are much kinder on the butt than others. I like that!
Can anyone help, please?
re: What Bike? - real question is Steel vs Aluminumbikejack
Feb 19, 2002 1:25 AM
at your price you should be able to get at least Ultegra
and maybe even DuraAce -- real question is a steel frame or an Aluminum frame. The Specialized you looked at is Aluminum. If you like that the Motobecane le Champion is a better ride, lighter, and a much better price. If you like steel try lemondbikes.com or cyclesmercier.com - for nice bikes in Reynolds 853
re: What Bike?Boris
Feb 19, 2002 5:13 AM
For $1500, you should be able to get a nice frame, nice wheels and Ultegra, or a not-so-nice-frmae, not-so-nice-wheels and Dura-Ace. I'd go with the Ultegra and the nice frame and wheels. Check out this link for Colorado Cyclist's Douglas Fusion bike. I recently was faced with purchasing a road bike and all I had was $1500, and I went for this one:
http://www.coloradocyclist.com/common/products/productdisplay2_v2.cfm?PRRFNBR=26258&CGRFNBR=273&CRPCGNBR=273&CI=1,223,273&TextMode=0
re: What Bike? - that was a mistakebikejack
Feb 20, 2002 6:54 AM
you may think VeloMax wheels are nicer than wheels with DuraAce hubs - but you are wrong - VeloMax hubs are made in Taiwan by JoyTech and are OK but not anywhere close to DuraAce -- in addition the Douglas frame is not as nice as the Moto Team either