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Roadie wannabe(11 posts)

Roadie wannabeJohn_H
May 28, 2002 11:07 AM
Hi there! I'm new here, and am looking for some help/advice.

I'm looking to get into a road machine. I've been Mt Biking for a few years, and have been starting to ride an old Mt bike with road tires on the local paved trails (and was commuting on it before I changed jobs). I like riding the asphault because of how convenient it is to go out and get an hour or hour and a half workout. So I'm mostly just doing this to keep in shape. I started Mt biking a couple years ago to rehab from ACL surgery (bought a good mt. bike the day before my surgery), and to keep in shape for ski season. But now I have a baby at home, and getting out for a good Mt bike ride is not always possible, and I like the aerobic workout of spinning on pavement.

So here's the thing... I'm 6'2" 200lbs, with a 36" inseam. I went to Wrenchscience.com and did a fitting, and I need a 59cm (c to c) or 61cm (c to t) frame. I know, from mt biking, that I want decent components, but I'm not out there racing or doing centuries, so I don't want to spend a lot of money on a bike. Plus, my wife has me on a limit for this, so I need to keep this purchase to $1000. There isn't much out there for $1k that will even get me into 105 components. I rode a Lemond Tormalet that was $1k, but had Tiagra with a 105 rear der. and Matrix Aurora wheels. The steel seems to make a nice plush ride, but as I said, I'm only riding fairly short rides. I test rode a C'dale to compare the Alum fram to Reynolds 853, and in my 2 mile test ride, I really didn't notice much of a difference (used the same saddle).

Another option I'm looking into is a used bike. But because I have a long inseam, there isn't much out there in my size. I was wondering if it's a major disaster to go down one size (there is a much better selection in a 59cm (c to t) frame), and raise the seat and replace the stem with one that has a slight rise, to make up the 2cm??

If I go with a used bike, I can get into full Ultegra (sometimes Dura Ace or Chorus) and a better wheelset for $1k.

Also, Supergo has a Scattante (home brand) with full Ultegra and Mavic Cosmos on an 853 steel frame for $1100, but I can't find much info about this bike. Has anyone here ridden one or know someone who has, and knows of its good/bad points? I've seen 2 reviews of it here, which both seemed to be okay.

Some more general info: My typical road ride is a paved, multi use trail, flat and straight. I'm not taking high speed turns or grinding up hills. Although if I get into this a bit, I may try to do some real road rides, but more for fitness/fun so I still won't be trying to cut under people in corners. My last road ride (without the baby in the trailer) was 25mi, with an avg speed of 17.7mph on a 25lb mountain bike with 1.95" commuter tires.

Thanks for any thoughts and help.

-John_H
my feelingsSteveO
May 28, 2002 11:16 AM
save some money; get 105 (which is excellant componentry, imo). I wouldnt turn down ultegra if it were free, but i wouldnt spend additional money on it.

Put your savings in an educational IRA for the little one. Youll both be happy with your decision in 20 years.
if you liked the TourmaletWhoWasThat
May 28, 2002 11:28 AM
you might look for it as a left-over previous model year.

Steel is good for the transitioning rider, IMO, and you won't notice the difference in components, which is mainly about weight, if you're not pushing the envelope competitively.

When I transitioned from MTB, I was a lot more comfortable on steel, but I was pushing 40, so my body doesn't take abuse like it used to. The difference between steel and alum is particularly noticeable in your price range.
Great advice SteveO!Cigar
May 28, 2002 1:01 PM
have you looked at this?avitar
May 28, 2002 3:19 PM
Have you looked at the Giant OCR 1? It comes with 105 has carbon fiber fork (not sure about the seat stays). I think it has alot of bang for the buck to offer.
re: Roadie wannabekinclune
May 28, 2002 3:33 PM
I was in nearly the same situation as you. I got a Jamis Quest for about 1100. Steel, full 105 group, Mavic cosmos wheels. Worth a look.
re: Roadie wannabeFender
May 28, 2002 4:47 PM
check performance brand bikes. those seem to be pretty cheap.
also, try ebay there are always good deals on it.
used?tarwheel
May 29, 2002 4:11 AM
If you don't mind getting a used bike, for some reason there has been a LOT of very large bikes and frames for sale on eBay lately. Some very nice frames too, brands like Serotta, Colnago, Merckx. I would be very cautious buying a bike that way, but you can get a good deal if you're careful -- ask the sellers lots of questions, request e-photos, get them to doublecheck all the dimensions, and use an escrow service if you buy one.

I have bought 2 used bikes/frames over the internet. The first was a very good deal, $900 for an Ultegra equipped bike that was about 1 year old, but unfortunately didn't fit me right. I rode it for about 6 months, then sold the frame and put the components on another frame, so I came out all right in the end. The second was a used frame, which turned out to be damaged. The seller refunded my money but it was somewhat of a hassle.
re: Roadie wannabeJohn_H
May 29, 2002 5:33 AM
Thanks for the input fellas. I'll feel a little better going with not so high end components.

SteveO - Don't worry, the little one is getting her share. This weekend is her first b-day, and the bike is my 10th anniversary (was last week)/ 1st father's day present.

I am definitely considering used. The classifieds here have some pretty good bikes to consider. Of course, I'm also considering sticking with my commuter (it is quite entertaining to pass drafting roadies while riding a POS commuter mountain bike ;-)) and replacing some old power tools. But that's another story for another forum.
I'll throw in another vote for a QuestDougG
May 29, 2002 8:10 AM
A guy on the classifeds is selling the 02 Jamis Quest for $1050.00. It seems like a great bike for the money. His email is specialized_2000_2000@yahoo.com
re: Roadie wannabegetoffmywheel
May 29, 2002 8:07 AM
Also consider a cyclocross bike. Lemond Propad? Use your local shop and get the correct fit regardless of what you buy and start a relationship with them. They know you'll be back for other bikes and you can start setting yourself up for discounts on future purchases.

good luck.