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Beginner Bike Prices? Help(6 posts)

Beginner Bike Prices? HelpShreder-X
Jul 29, 2002 6:18 PM
I have been a mountain bike rider my whole life but aside from the term Mountain i have used my bike on roads not trails. Bike riding is a main athletiscm i'm seeking and having watched numerous bikers using road bikes excel physically i would like to try it. I've done some searching and i'm seeing prices going from $1,100 to $3,000 for a road bike and then the trainers for use of the bike inside can be pricey. My body description is 5'10" 160lb lean+muscular. I have no clue on how many miles i would bike a week or day? If all you messegeboard veterans could direct me or suggest a bike priced efficiently to suit my needs i would be grateful.
Mike R.
$1,300 - 1,700nn23
Jul 29, 2002 6:39 PM
$1,300 - 1,700 would be my estimate a great bike and still getting a good bang for the buck. Anything lower and you will probably miss out on quality. Anything higher and you are mostly paying for the brand name of parts and components.
What kind of rider would you like to be?Scot_Gore
Jul 29, 2002 6:43 PM
In order to get good answers and find the bike that best suits your needs we'll need more information about what those needs might be?

What kind of riding most appeals to you. Do you think you'll race? Do you want to ride centurys? Do you want to join a recreational riding club? Or maybe a competitive riding club? Does riding for a week for a good cause sound like fun or work? Do you live in a hilly, flat, mountainous, or some other type of area? Other details....

Scot
What kind of rider would you like to be?Shreder-X
Jul 30, 2002 3:58 AM
I live in the Adirondacks in New York upstate, very hilly. Things like riding for a week for a good cause sound fun and enjoyable to me, but i know i don't have that much free time as school is approaching(college). Hopefully i can use their cycles regularly in the gym and hope for next summer to purchase my own bike.
Since you have all winterScot_Gore
Jul 30, 2002 6:12 AM
If you're prepared to put a few hours into research and also willing to look (aka wait) for the right bike at the right price then I'd try to buy used or clearance.

Here's what I'd do.
1) Go to your LBS's and figure out what size Trek 2000, Specialized Allez Elite, Giant OCR1, Bianchi Eros, Lemond Alpe D' Huez you ride.

2) Based on research and field work pick 2 or 3 bikes you like best.

3) Watch for those bikes in your size in 3 places,
A - Year end clearance at your LBS
B - The classifieds on this site
C - E-Bay (pick your auction well based on your research)

If your in the Adirondacks you probably want a triple. Don't fret if it's not on some used bike your interested in, the money you'll save used will be plenty to get your own triple.

Good luck.

Scot
One ideajose_Tex_mex
Jul 30, 2002 7:18 AM
Check out the Douglas Aluminum frameset at ColoradoCyclist.com . It costs $1500 and comes with Shimano Ultegra - not bad looking.