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MTBer changing to the road. Some help and any snide remarks would be appreciated..!(7 posts)

MTBer changing to the road. Some help and any snide remarks would be appreciated..!Shaky Fish
Apr 26, 2002 4:13 PM
I am changing over to the road because of a back injury. Is the road going to be easier on my back? I have road some road but on my MTB. I know nothing of road components or bikes. What is a good bike to start on the road with. I intend to be serious about this and am looking at long rides in the future. Possibly some races but it is not like I'm shooting to go pro. I am in the $1500 and under range. I also am 6'4" 250lbs. so I need something that won't break under me. Please help.
re: MTBer changing to the road. Some help and any snide remarks would be appreciated..!szybki
Apr 26, 2002 5:17 PM
I'd recommend a steel bike for your size. You can get some pretty good ones for less than $1.5K. Go with 105\Veloce or better components, cheaper stuff really doesn't last very long. I'm not too sure that a road bike is going to be easier on your back. It's really a matter of bike positioning, etc. You probably want to set your bar height the same as your saddle height and drop it after you gain flexibility, etc. Maybe visit and see if this is what you have in mind.
Not sure if this...Breakfast
Apr 26, 2002 7:27 PM
is even the right size for you but maybe you might search around here:
In my Opinion ~ steel with carbon fork easiest on backcentury2
Apr 27, 2002 2:49 AM
I think a steel frame with carbon fork is easiest on the back; you might even use a suspension post. I would check out;; & ~ for choices in high grade steel. Also e-mail them for dealers or sites with deals on the bikes OR where you can test ride them. Good Luck
re: MTBer changing to the road. Some help and any snide remarks would be appreciated..!pa rider
Apr 27, 2002 4:17 PM
A more up right riding position will help your back problems. I did this with my bike two years ago when I was having problems from MTB rides. I've done touring rides of 60 to 70 mile days (13 to 14 avg) with friends who ride touring bikes.

The layback position helps alot (about 1 inch drop from seat nose to top of stem). I'm riding a Cannondale but got a good seat to help with the road vibration. I'm buying a Ti seatpost which should help alot. You can get a Raleigh 700 for $1500 with Ultegra group and shimano 535 wheels.

We had a guy today ride one that he bought thursday. It has bent seat stays like the Cannondale, which takes alot of the road vibration out of aluminum bikes. He was so happy at the bike he got for that price.

I think its up to how the bike fits you and what you want to do with the bike. You mention about possibably race a year or two, so get a racing bike, but wait until you back recovers before going with a more drop stem length. I'm dropping my by one inch this summer to get a better fit. I'm a little more flexable now, but hurt my back in a crash four weeks ago MTB, so I'm waiting until mid may before I change my stem.

Hope this helps

re: MTBer changing to the road. Some help and any snide remarks would be appreciated..!Money D
Apr 28, 2002 1:14 PM
I too recently went from mt to road. Not due to injury, but just because I love cycling so much. I'm 6'4 235lbs, so I'm close to your dimensions. My advice would include going used, as you can get so much more for your money. Trying out a new sport is hit or miss, and dropping $1500-2000 and not liking it would not be smart. Plus, the fact that you've biked a lot before means that you're probably used to quality equipment. Going from my SRAM 9.0sl drivetrain, I knew I wouldn't be satisfied with average components. I shopped around and found a mint GT 2000 w/ full ultegra, carbon fork, and spinergy's for $900 shipped. (the wheelset alone lists for $700) I've been very pleased with the ride of the aluminum. In my mind, for bigger guys like us (assume you're in shape and not a 250lb blob!), steel or titanium flexes too much. I'm an ex-football player and hammering up hills barely flexes the GT at all. I have a Look carbon post and a carbon fork and the ride is great. I have kind of short legs for my height and found the 62cm model fit perfect. Fit is more important on a road bike than mt, but something pretty close can usually work. So, for $1500 I'd be looking at sweet AL frames, probably full Dura-Ace w/ a sweet wheelset. Patience can pay off big-time, if you're in a hurry you can get a quality Ultegra at your LBS for that much money, so its up to you. Good luck.
Hey- Thanks to all for the input..!-NMShaky Fish
Apr 29, 2002 11:10 AM