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I would like a road bike....(15 posts)

I would like a road bike....peterjh9
Jul 24, 2002 11:25 AM
Hi All,

I am mostly a mountain biker, who formally rode my trusty knobbied steed on the road. For multiple reasons, I would like to stop doing this.

I really would like to get a cheap road bike. I do not race, do not plan on racing, in fact, I never will race (don't race mountain bikes either). Therefore, I do not need a super decked out bike.

Also, I should add this as it is important, I am basically poor. I do not have $2000 to drop on a bike. In fact, I do not even have $500 to drop on a bike.

Are there any road bikes out there for like $200??? I would really only be using it for excercise, and to keep in shape for mountain biking. I have heard all the "don't buy crap bikes" theory's over in a million times over, and I would mostly agree with them, so please don't flame me. Fact is, I would love to have $500 to buy a cheap Giant. However, fact is, I don't have it.

I would even consider a used bike if anyone in Northern/Central NJ is looking to sell one.

Shoot, for what I am looking for (casual rides for excercise), I would be fine riding a cheap piece of Pacific-level crap.

Eventually a fine road machine will be in my future. Just not now.

Thanks for your help.
cheap ideasSteveO
Jul 24, 2002 11:34 AM
1. Buy 26X1" slicks, put them onto your MTB. Instant road bike. Since your not planning on racing, the non-aero positioning of the MTB shouldnt be a concern. Net cost = 50 bucks. You could even get a higher stem and put dirt-drop bars on if you wanted more hand-position variety (now up to 100 bucks).

2. Buy used. The people in this environment never seem to be happy with what they have; always looking for their 'dream' bike or 'what they really wanted'. Wait for one of these guys to get tired of it, and snag it cheap. Ask the local sporting shop (REI?) to post a 'wanted' add. Check ebay (careful).
Jul 24, 2002 11:39 AM
I am leary of Ebay, but shall try.

I have pseudo slicks for my mountain bike and did a whole bunch of road riding with it. I jsut wanted to stop as I was wearing out the drivetrain components so quickly on it.
Jul 24, 2002 12:38 PM
I definetly agree with the slicks idea. I too have a mountain bike and am holding out for a nice road bike. But in the meantime slicks are awesome, plus with the added weight of MTB's and the extra wind resistence it's a better workout then a road bike. But you can still fly when you need to. And it's pretty easy to switch between slicks and knobbies.
Definitely get slick tires, you won't be much slowerelviento
Jul 24, 2002 12:00 PM
In fact folks on MTBs with slicks blow by me all the time.

$200 is not enough for a decent used road bike, unless you get really lucky or just do tons of research, but that's like telling you to either win a lottery or work OT and make extra money for the bike, because the former entails low rate of success while the latter entails extra labor.
Both good suggestions.djg
Jul 24, 2002 1:07 PM
One place to look for a used bike is a bike shop. Many shops allow customers to post ads for used bikes. Also, some shops sell used bikes (e.g., that they take in trade), although this is less common than posting ads. 200 bucks won't get you a high-zoot road bike, even used, but it might well bring in something decent and plenty rideable.
You're looking at....Gregory Taylor
Jul 24, 2002 11:41 AM
...a used bike, pardner. Not a flame, just a fact.

Thinking outside of the box, have you checked out yard sales, etc., in your area? One guy that I ride with (very strong rider, by the way) rides nothing but bikes that he picks up at yard sales. He rides some incredibly funky stuff. Right now, he's riding a Centurion Turbo that he picked up at a yard sale for $20. Figure out what size you are, and cruise the classified in your local paper. The trick is to find a bike that fits and is basically sound. Spend your money on a set of cheap pedals and the other crap that you will need to bring the bike up to good, safe condition.

Jul 24, 2002 11:50 AM
For your honesty. I didn't know if a new bike could be had for that much. But now I do.

Indeed, I have started to browse for yard sales to look for either: a cheap road bike, a stationary excercise bike. Of course, I prefer the road bike.

I have Time ATACs on my mountain bike, and could easily transfer em back and forth.
Don't worry, you will score something really cool...Gregory Taylor
Jul 24, 2002 12:02 PM
It may take a couple of weekends, but I'm willing to bet that you wind up with something really neat if you work at it. Also check out stuff like bulletin boards at the shopping mall, or the thrift store.

My friend the yard-sale rider recently snagged a pair of wheels made up with Dura Ace hubs (7 speed, but still pretty cool) at a yard sale for $5. I've offered him $10, but he's refused...
Hope so...peterjh9
Jul 24, 2002 12:05 PM
I shall be scouring the papers for the yard sales.

I shall also check my LBS's, however, I doubt anything posted in their shop will be in my price range.
I agree on the yard sale option.empacher6seat
Jul 24, 2002 1:24 PM
I remember hearing a story about a guy who put together a pretty decent bike for $200 by going to a local thrift store every couple of days, buying a bunch of old beat up bikes that he could salvage a few good components from, then using those along with the best frame out of the bikes he bought to build up a bike.

I bought my bike for $600 Canadian (approx 5 cents American) and it's pretty good for that money. It's a bit old, but wasn't ridden much. Has 105, clipless pedals, even RSX sti shifters! ooh!
University salvage yardstreeman
Jul 24, 2002 2:18 PM
I rode a beautiful Gitane 30 years ago. I just got back into biking this summer and was VERY lucky to find an 8 year old GIANT road bike in near mint condition for only $50 dollars! New grease and tires and I am set! It looks like it was riden less than 500 miles. It is entry level in all aspects, but it sure rides nice (has all alloy components).

Our university salvage yard sells about 500 used bikes a year. Most are junk, but every now and then a real beauty shows up. In Michigan, road bikes are a dime a dozen (everyone wants a mountain bike). I routinely see road bikes for less than $200 (Cannondales, etc.). The same goes for the second hand/pawn shops. They hate to even take in road bikes because there is no demand for them. Good luck!
Another option, police stolen property auctions! nmJuanmoretime
Jul 24, 2002 5:18 PM
Central Jersey bike swap this weekend.spyderman
Jul 25, 2002 2:44 AM
Bike swap..
Bicycle Station in Brooklynvelocity
Jul 25, 2002 6:05 AM
If you're willing and/or able to go to Brooklyn, they can set you up with a good used road frame with solid used parts to fit your budget.