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Steel Road Bike Recommendation(4 posts)

Steel Road Bike RecommendationBorg
May 26, 2002 10:48 AM
I'm returning to cycling after 8 years. I want to buy a steel bike in the $500-$700 range. I'm 6'5" and will use the bike primarily for long rides (50-100 miles) on weekends (on paved roads). Comfort is top priority followed by speed. Any recommendations on which manufacturer and model of steel bike to purchase?
Pls. be more specificloop
May 26, 2002 12:16 PM
Do you want to spend $500-$700 for the entire bike or for the frame only. If it's the latter you're talking about, I'd recommend looking at Curtlo, Teesdale or Dean (roughly from cheapest to most expensive). If you run a search for these guys on this forum, you'll find plenty of people who rave about all three. Their websites are easy to find as well.

If you're hoping to spend that range for an entire bike, you'll probably want to look at used rigs. $500-$700 doesn't buy too much new anymore, at least not anything that will be durable or equipped with decesnt components.
re: Steel Road Bike RecommendationMe Dot Org
May 26, 2002 3:24 PM
When you say "returning to cycling", do you know what size frame you like? If so, you might consider a used bike. If you are going to be doing long rides, something with a carbon fork would be a plus (plusher ride), and that would be difficult to find on a $700 bike.

If your heart is set on a new bike, off the top of my head, I think I would pick a Fuji Touring for $695. A touring frame might be a little more comfortable, and the mix of Shimano Deore and 105 is a good value, plus plus a triple crank which is nice if you're starting over ;-).

http://www.fujibicycle.com/2002/usa/html/main/frameset.htm

But fit is always the most important factor. "Test Drive" several bikes at local shops before making up your mind.

Good luck and welcome back!
Might consider something like a Surly Crosscheck, toocory
May 26, 2002 8:20 PM
It's pretty hard to find a new steel bike these days for that kind of money--I hadn't bought a bike for almost 10 years until 18 months ago, and I was surprised at the prices. I wound up with an Atlantis, but that's $950 for frame and fork (it was a lot for me, too--I had to think about it for awhile).
Assuming you'll use it for all kinds of riding, and that speed on the road isn't your first criterion, you might look at some of the frames/bikes from Surly. I think it's www.surlybikes.com, but if not somebody will tell you.