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I can't decide!!! What bike would be a smart choice in Bike(4 posts)

I can't decide!!! What bike would be a smart choice in BikeADKBiker
Apr 16, 2002 7:59 PM
Ok. I've been going back and forth on which material and bike to get. To go with Aluminum or Steel. I am 25 years old, 200 lbs., about 6 ft. I have tried a number of bikes. And I'm stuck on both the Lemond Zurich (853 Reynolds steel) or the Cannondale R900 (Aluminum). I like how they both ride.

The kind of riding that I'm going to be doing is, training for small triathlons, local races, some time trials, long rides (century) and for a fun ride. I know that each bike has its own advantages. I don't know if steel is considered a racing material. If anyone could give some tips or their opinions I will appreciate it. Also if anyone rides either of these bike can you let me know how you like the bike. Thanks!!!
re: I can't decide!!! What bike would be a smart choice in BikeQubeley
Apr 16, 2002 8:30 PM
What do you mean steel is not a racing material? They have been racing on still for over a century.
Definitelt go with the Zurich, it was actually featured in one of recent issue of Bicycling magazine as a perfect bike for people of you body type. It is more durable, and a very supple ride for big riders.
three good options on Steelcentury2
Apr 17, 2002 1:48 AM
I think steel is the best material - however; lots of people like aluminum. If you are going to ride longer distances; most people prefer steel - it is a much smother ride. In Reynolds mid priced steel bikes - there are three good options; LeMond, Bianchi, Mercier - visit their sites and compare specs and values -- lemondbikes.com; bianchi.com; cyclesmercier.com --- or look at bicycling.com and use their 'bikefinder' feature. If you shop - you can find a full uletgra reynolds bike for around $1250 -- good luck
info linkRideLots
Apr 17, 2002 5:59 AM
http://www.sjsu.edu/orgs/asmtms/artcle/articl.htm

"Metallurgy for Cyclists The Basics
By Scot Nicol

What is the best material to use in building a bicycle frame - steel, aluminum, titanium or carbon fiber? What about something even more exotic? While this certainly isn't as important a topic as who will replace Shannon on "Beverly Hills: 90210," it is fodder for lengthy debates among bike junkies (like myself).

The six-part series we're about to start will examine metallurgy as it applies to bicycles. If we do our job right, you will be educated about all the popular materials currently used in bicycle-frame construction, and we'll take a look at what you can expect for the future.

What I also hope to do is give you a "BS" filter for the clever and often misleading ads that our industry uses to prey on the underinformed. It really doesn't matter that boralyn was used for tank armor, or that rocket scientists designed your bike. You don't even have to wear a white lab coat to design a good bike. Sound engineering and an intimate knowledge of the biomechanical interface between bike and rider are the only prerequisites. ..."