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bike advice for a newbie...(7 posts)

bike advice for a newbie...Pirate
Aug 24, 2002 7:05 PM
I'm a mountain biker, but I'll be the first to admit that I know almost nothing about road bikes. I'm working about 55 hours per week these days, and I just can't find enough time after work to load up my off-road bike and haul it to the nearest trails to get in a ride before dark. Therefore, I'm thinking about buying a road bike. I'd like some recommendations for a first bike, and I'd also like some opinions on the Fuji Roubaix Pro. Here's a little info on me and what kind of bike I'm looking for: I'm 6'2" and 195 lbs. My price range is $1000-$1300. I'm looking for a road bike which will be comfortable and durable with minimal maintenance (light weight but not a racer), and I think I'd prefer a steel frame. Would top drawer steel, such as the Roubaix Pro's 853 be a noodle under my 195 lbs? Is 60 cm the size I should be looking for? Is Shimano 105 stuff sufficient for my needs? Thanks for any help.
re: bike advice for a newbie...Leisure
Aug 25, 2002 1:22 AM
My answers in order:

Probably not.
Hell if I know.
Probably yes, but go for Ultegra or Centaur if you can.
Yes, upgrade componets if ...bent_spoke
Aug 25, 2002 7:06 AM
you have decent stuff on your mountain bike you will notice the short comings. I recently rode with a women who is a downhiller & just started road riding. She has 105s on a "hot pink" Cannondale that her boy friend gave her (owns lbs..nice to have friends). She was commenting that the 105s weren't that great. I had Ultegra on my Caad5 & they were nice.
re: bike advice for a newbie...got2ryd
Aug 25, 2002 3:40 AM
go to LBS and get sized. test ride the bike if you can to see if it is too soft, flexible. test ride other bikes of different frame materials to see if you like any of the qualities they offer. 105 seems perfectly fine for what you described. my opinion. good luck in you search. i was in the same situation as you last year. i went with cannondale's caad 5. sweet ride that is close to steel. i now road ride more than mountain because it is fun as hell and just plain easier to get rides in.
re: bike advice for a newbie...jose_Tex_mex
Aug 25, 2002 1:32 PM
For the price range you are looking at someone on this board previously brought the Fuji Team frame with Ultegra to our attention for $1095 - I think this is a great bike, great group, and a great deal. Check out: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/02fuji/fuji_team_sale.htm

As for light weight but not a racer - most light weight bikes are racers - the lighter - the more expensive.

As for steel - it's fine. I don't think you should worry about material as I am sure any will suit you. In my experience mtbiker's learn how to finesse their weight through bad terrain - thus, saving frames, wheels...

As for Shimano 105 - it's perfect for your needs. I am partial to Ultegra. However, the weight savings won't mean a whole lot to a newbie, or many others at that.
Thanks Jose...Pirate
Aug 25, 2002 3:28 PM
that's a great website. You may have just saved me a bundle. The steel Marseilles also has the Ultegra group for $1095. That looks pretty good...
You're welcome...jose_Tex_mex
Aug 25, 2002 4:37 PM
Glad to help - sometimes this board works to perfection. Also, don't forget the Hot Deals section of this board. I have come across and posted many deals myself.

Also, in case you need to accessorize and don't already know of these companies, you might want to check them out:

performancebike.com - great lifetime guarantees
bikenashbar.com - great deals and lots of sales
cambriabike.com - lot's of deals and older stuff
jensonusa.com - best place to buy a build kit
supergo.com - sells stuffs others don't have
excelsports.com - also great deals

Best of Luck.