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Newbie needs help buying a road rike!!(10 posts)

Newbie needs help buying a road rike!!arslan
Mar 10, 2002 1:29 PM
I'm a 16 year old who's been mountain biking for the past 4 years.
Last summer on longer trips I discovered that I'm a better road than a mountain biker and that road bikes are IT!
And now I really need help buying an entry level and cheap road bike for the upcoming summer to compete in some tournaments and to go really fast on longer trips.
The three bikes that I've found as the best choices are the Trek 1000 triple, the Cannondale R400 triple and the Giant OCR 3. I'm a big Trek fan, but the OCR 3 is the cheapiest.
I live in Edmonton, am about 5'8 and weight 160.

I live in Edmonton, Canada and have a Bonelli and some old GT right now. I'm 5'8 and weight 160.
re: Newbie needs help buying a road rike!!Bike Bum
Mar 10, 2002 2:16 PM
If the Giant OCR 3 is the cheapist, can you move up a model in the Giant line and get better componets for the same price as your other options? Giant has great value for the money....
re: Newbie needs help buying a road rike!!roadieintx
Mar 10, 2002 2:50 PM
The bikes you mentioned are all fine. The fact is, your taste in bikes will change over the years. The main thing is to find the frame/stem combination that fits you. Don't guess; make sure the bike shop takes detailed measurements of your inseam, torso length, arm length, and height in determining your bike fit. They should ask you questions about your level of experience, your riding aspirations(racing, recreation, fitness), and whether you suffer from back or knee problems. Ask experienced roadies about good and bad shops. If you find one good mechanic/shop owner, stick with him and throw him all your business. Many shopcats and owners are roadies and will help you out if you're serious.
re: Newbie needs help buying a road rike!!arslan
Mar 10, 2002 7:08 PM
Thanks a lot!!
There are a few good shops here, I'll go around asking some people I know about them since I'm new here... and now that you've told me what they should ask I should know more,
re: Newbie needs help buying a road rike!!arslan
Mar 10, 2002 7:22 PM
I probably should..
After what others have said, I'll probably get tired of entry level bikes really soon.
The OCR 2 is as much as the Trek 1000. And instead of the Shimano Sora it has the better Shimano Tiagra components.
Thanks for the advice!
re: Newbie needs help buying a road rike!!Elefantino
Mar 10, 2002 2:42 PM
Buy used.

For the money you are going to spend on a new Trek, C'Dale or Giant, you could get a lot more bike for your money if you look at a used bike. Here's why: You're going to quickly outgrow the entry-level bikes. They're heavy, the components are not "go really fast" worthy, and you will soon find yourself disappointed.

You will have many chances to buy a new bike. But now is not the time, IMNSHO. Save that for when you can buy the bike of your dreams.

The only caveat to buying a used bike is fit, but if you have looked around you may have a good idea of what fits you. And besides, this is probably not going to be a lifer bike.

Check online auctions, bulletin board classifieds (like this one) and the bike stores themselves before you commit your money. You'll be happier.

re: Newbie needs help buying a road rike!!arslan
Mar 10, 2002 7:16 PM
The sizing won't be a problem as I can get that done at any bike shop here.
The problem is, as much as I've researched, I don't know too much about components to know their value, quality etc, any advice on that?
Your advice has been really useful, I'll look around on local classifieds and others.
Your really right about the outgrowing part. The Bonelli I bought last year was really good too. But now no more. Come to think of it, in 5 seasons, I've bought 4 new bikes.. LOL
What does "IMNSHO" mean?
Any other advice would be great!
Thanks a lot!
re: Newbie needs help buying a road rike!!Elefantino
Mar 10, 2002 8:41 PM
I'd be careful about having a bike shop size you. If you do that, and then one day come in with a bike that you didn't buy from them (or anyone else in the area; they can often tell), you're asking for it. Go to Wrench Science or another online source to get fit.

For under a grand you should be able to get Ultregra/600 or 105 components from Shimano, or Veloce components from Campy. All will serve you well for quite a while. In fact, if you score on a really good bike, you can probably keep the components when you upgrade frames.

And IMNSHO? As this board knows, "In My Not-So-Humble Opinion."

re: Newbie needs help buying a road rike!!S-U-B
Mar 10, 2002 10:55 PM
I say go to and buy one of his winter special bikes with full Ultegra for 1195. If you have a set of wheels you can use you can subtract those from the price which is about 200 dollars and that puts your right about 1000 dollars. You can buy a good set of wheels after you save up a little, and those will be transferable to your next bike. Just bought a bike from gary, I think he has great service. I figure your gonna take around a 54 to a 55 cm frame, and he has a couple in those sizes available. give him your measurements and I'm sure he could tell you which size. Other wise, I would go used.

re: Newbie needs help buying a road rike!!weiwentg
Mar 11, 2002 4:42 AM
I agree. or if you don't want to get a bike off the internet, a Giant TCR is $1250. if you've bought 5 bikes in 4 seasons, you need something you won't outgrow. and you won't outgrow a TCR (if you do end up outgrowing it, chances are you're so good you'll be able to get sponsored).