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I'm Looking for a first bike to train and race on(7 posts)

I'm Looking for a first bike to train and race onjamesdande
Jun 5, 2002 6:09 PM
I'm a 19 year old 6' 175lbs college student. I row on my college's crew team. More importantly, I am looking to get a road bike to cross-train on and to race on. Does anyone have a reccomendation on a bike/setup to start off with that might work on a college budget.
At the risk of sounding biased, a De Rosa Merak. nmonespeed
Jun 5, 2002 6:52 PM
sounds biasedfuzzybunnies
Jun 5, 2002 8:04 PM
A collage student can't easily afford that bike, which is why derosa has a slightly lower end steel or aluminum frame that is nicely upgradeable later on. Course it will ruin his feel for other brands later on.
re: I'm Looking for a first bike to train and race onmwood
Jun 5, 2002 8:38 PM
I would consider buying a used aluminum frame bike, like a Klein Quantum or Trek 2300, simply because I believe you'll get more "bang for your buck" than a comparably priced steel bike. I'm imagining you are young enough and fit enough to handle the harsher ride characteristics of most aluminum bikes. Also, if your college budget is anything like mine was, carbon and titanium frames will be far out of reach, even used.
You should be able to find a very nice bike for about $750-1000 with a good component package and wheelset. In either case, you'll have a lighter, stiffer, more responsive bike than a lower end steel bike.
Last of all, as I'm sure you are aware if you have read many of the posts on this board, bike FIT is key. Do a search of this board and you'll find many resources for ascertaining correct fit.
Good luck budget--->used value-conscious bikeLeisure
Jun 5, 2002 9:53 PM
I'd look at Klein, Trek, Cannondale, Giant, even Lemond or Gunnar (both mildly heavier but nice steel rides).
that, plus Specializedweiwentg
Jun 6, 2002 7:42 PM
shameless plug, they sponsor my team.
fit being key, you MIGHT want to buy one at the bike store. it would be to your advantage to get used. however, self-fitting is not THAT hard. get a measuring tape, go to, and do their fitting thing (select one of the bikes, and click on sizing). then come back here and ask for more help.
What is your budget? For a young guy looking for a race-readybill
Jun 6, 2002 3:30 AM
bike, consider something aluminum with Ultegra components (Giant TCR One, there are others). Maybe 105. If the bike is good enough for someone to put at least 105 or Ultegra on, it's probably a decent bike. Used is a mixed bag, unless you (a) know what you're doing and/or (b) it's ridiculously, no-risk cheap. To get something new of this quality, you are going to have to spend about a $800 - grand, give or take, but you might steal an older model for less.