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Advice on a new road bike(6 posts)

Advice on a new road bikeBrian_R
Aug 22, 2001 11:14 AM
I would like to ask you road bike enthusiasts a question about a bike.
I am a long time mountain biker and have not even considered road biking until recently. I have decided to sign up for a 150 mile ride (2-day) coming up in October. I started training on my mountainbike, and have realized I am putting in way too much effort. I would like to get into more road rides so I have committed myself in buying a bike. As with most new riders I have a limited budget and would like the most bang for my buck.
I found a bike at www.bikeswholesale.com that I am interested in. I posted the link below. Would anyone mind looking at it and letting me know if this is something I would be happy with.

It's an Ironhorse Glory. The components seem very good, and it looks like I get allot of bike for $800.00.
I have done limited test riding, as I keep getting wrapped up in bikes that are over $1000, and I would like to keep this under $900. I would prefer to make my purchase over the internet to get the best deal.
I appreciate anyone's time who is willing to give me suggestions.

Thanks,

-Brian

P.S. The link to the bike is here.

http://merchant.cboss.com/ProductDetail.asp?ID=00139YYDIDQLLXAKNZIINUKSUCIJORIVEBUVGAVEDWUUWFHBBV&CategoryID=3609&ProductID=17557
First Rulewink
Aug 22, 2001 11:21 AM
Make sure the bike fits you right. weight, cost, componets are next
re: Advice on a new road bikejtolleson
Aug 22, 2001 11:24 AM
The price for a 105 equipped bike is good; the tradeoff is the wheelset and in the lack of name recognition (resale). Also, how heavy is the bike?

You may be surprised to see some good sale prices coming around on 2001 models (and steals on 2000 models if they've got anything on the sales floor in your size). You'll also have the perk of developing a relationship with an LBS in your area.

I had a friend buy from Bikeswholesale (KHS Flite 800) and it came much more disassembled than promised, and he basically had to pay for a full bike build when it got to town, and then the geometry was wrong. So, be sure you can test ride a bike before plunking down the $$.
re: Advice on a new road bikeashleyrenfroe
Aug 22, 2001 11:29 AM
That seems like a sweet bike you have there. I finally sprung for a road bike after 4 mtb's in 6 years. I will pick it up in three weeks, as I have it on layaway at the lbs. A Fuji Finest AL. Pretty decent price, components nto quite as good as yours though. I figure on doing about 80 miles a week to start, and going from there. I average about 18 mph on a mountain bike on the road right now, so I hope to do even better.

Incidintally, I am going to start road biking to keep me in shape for next mtb season!!!
re: Advice on a new road bikefiltersweep
Aug 22, 2001 2:23 PM
I don't know that I'd buy a "first" roadbike online...I was recently in your shoes, and the first thing I discovered is that buying new bikes is much like buying a car, there isn't much of a price difference from dealer to dealer unless you are willing to settle for whatever they might have in stock. Figure that there would be an assembly charge for putting it together (I believe that bike comes to you as it would to a dealer- which might be daunting to do yourself), and that you can't just go to your LBS for your free tune-ups, adjustments, etc...

My recent experience with my LBS was worth a bunch of money- they gave me FULL CREDIT on a bike I rode for three weeks when I felt it wasn't meeting my needs, and I upgraded to a bike I'm much happier with.

Finally, there are many subtleties to setup and sizing a road bike that simply aren't issues with mtn bikes (which are simply sized sm. med, lg, etc...).

It might be different if you went down to your LBS and saw a specific size and model that you really want, then find the exact same bike online (new or used) at a better price (but I'd even be wary of buying a used bike- you don't know how hard it was ridden, or if it has been crashed, or whatever... not that there are tons of shady scammers in bikes.... but heck, it might even be stolen). I'd stick to the LBS- now is the time to buy anyway!

I'd spend more than you want to initially spend anyway... that is what I did (and why I quickly upgraded). People aren't being elitist when they obsess over component groups and wheelsets- they really do make a difference, and a carbon fork is night and day from alloy or aluminum (on an aluminum frame), etc... but since these bikes all "look the same" it is difficult to grasp what a difference there is, and why it might be an issue. Not that you need dura ace on a carbon frame.... and 105 is definitely in the ballpark, but I'll bet you can come close at your LBS, and sleep easier knowing they'll set it up right and take care of any problems.
re: Advice on a new road bikemraw
Sep 4, 2001 9:13 AM
Ditto to what others have said. That's a great price for that bike, but I think you'd come really close or even match it with a fully assembled bike at a local store. I recently bought my first road bike--frame and fork only--at a swap. I knew I was taking a big risk especially with fit, but I also saw an opportunity to get into a lot more bike with the money I had alotted. The end result has been good, but I realize how easily I could have gotten into trouble with something that didn't fit. Also, I've had a lot of friends to help with building it up. In the end I spent perhaps a $200-300 less than I would have had I bought it built-up; in the process I got a valuable education. But were I to do it again I'd probable by from a local store with a warranty, some free service and a guarantee on the fit, etc. An $800 bike that isn't comfortable and doesn't get ridden is harder on the wallet than a $1200 bike that you love and ride and can justify.