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New to road riding(9 posts)

New to road ridingTenny24
Aug 30, 2002 9:38 AM
Hey Guys,

At the begining of summer I bought a new mountain bike planning on using it for fitness. As the end ot he summer approaches I have been looking back on how my summer went. I lost 15lbs well eating like a horse, free food at work. I have been doing about 90% road riding so I am considering either trading in the mountain bike or just buying a new road bike and having two. I also consdiered a new mountain bike (Trek Fuel 90 mmmmm) and then getting road tires for my currnet ride. I really have not decided what I am going to do yet, but I am leaning towards trading my curent ride in and just getting a road bike. Then maybe next year get another mountain bike, I really need to have both. The bikes that I have been looking at getting are either the Trek 1000 or 1200. What our your opinions on these? Is the 1200 worth the extra money? I also considered the 2200, its really expensive but looks soooo cool haha. I would greatly appreciate some ideas or recommendations, thanks.

Mike
re: New to road ridingeschelon
Aug 30, 2002 10:51 AM
Go for the cool one...obviously you are more enamored with it. As far as riding goes, you have to find and take all the motivation you can get and having a bike that you think is cool is better than having a bike that you are ambivalent about.
I like the 2200lott
Aug 30, 2002 12:19 PM
A friend of mine once told me to at least get a bike that had 105 components. Not sure why but I thought the bike was cool too. I bought the 2200(Alum) 3 years ago.

I bought a 5200(Carbon-Ultegra) last year. Turns out that I like the 2200 a little more mainly because it seems to Fit me a little better.

I guess the moral of the story is look for a bike with at least 105 components that fits you the best.
re: New to road ridingmb_Cik
Aug 30, 2002 12:21 PM
I also have the same dilema. I've been going to bike shops and taking test rides. They'll usually let you take a bike out for like an hour or so to get a feel for it. This is how I ruled out buying a Cannondale road bike due to the harshness. I test rode a Trek 5200 and fell in love.
Slippery SlopeDCP
Aug 30, 2002 2:18 PM
Run away, now, before its too late!

Somehow over the past two years my thinking has been converted from (i) "spending $1,000 on a bicycle is totally ridiculous" to (ii) "that cheap bike is a piece of junk." I didn't realize it happened until it was too late. I think it hit me when I spent nearly $400 on pedals and shoes to attach to the bike on which I spent $1,200. Welcome, you're getting close.

I suspect that you haven't yet found the really fun part. With a road bike, you can engage in communal suffering. We call it a group ride. We like that kind of thing.

Group rides are great. We push each other and all benefit.

Group rides are terrible. Everyone, at least it seems like everyone, has a better bike. That must be why I got dropped!

The problem with road bikes is that even those $1,000 ones with lesser components are very good, but snobs that we are, we recommend Ultegra to anyone as some type of minimum standard. Of course, now that I am corrupted, I ascribe to that. Actually, 105 is, in fact, a nice minumum serious group because its parts are interchangeable with the higher lines. Nothing like having that one Dura Ace component to make you feel like a pro.

OK, now to the point of my story. You sound like you are convinced this biking thing is good and you will stick with it. Under this senario, buy the best bike you can afford. That way you can put off the inevitable upgrade as long as possible.

But even buying a really nice bike won't change one simple fact. The bike really doesn't matter that much. Its the motor. If your ego can stand it, that Trek 1000 will work fine. My ego couldn't stand it, perhaps you are stronger.
re: I just bought a 2200chskin
Aug 31, 2002 2:59 AM
Bought

Like you, I got into road riding this year. Very early on I decided that I wanted at least 105 and would go for Ultegra if I could afford it. The Trek 2200 turned out to be the best bang for the buck that felt good to ride. The 2200 has worked out great for me and as I am typing this I am eating a Power Bar in anticipation of a triathlon that starts in just over 3 hours. http://www.trisportcanada.com/

If I may offer you one piece of advice that I thought was valuable when I was shopping for the new bike. You will not be a Newbee rider very long. By buying the best bike (that fits) within your price range (don't skip a house payment), you will put off the inevitable upgrade that comes with all bikes.

Have fun
re: I just bought a 2200Tenny24
Aug 31, 2002 4:08 AM
Wow, thanks for all of the replys guys :)

I almost bought the Trek 1000 last night before I had read this. Simply because its cheap enough now that I can just go buy it without really budgeting at all for it. I figure I will just save up my pennies for a couple months and go for the 2200. I know what you guys mean by upgrading, I went cheap with my mountain bike, it was $500 cdn and I have had it 5 months and am already not happy with it, shocks bottom out all of the time, makes a lot of noises, tuned up constantly or else it makes even more noises, etc. What is a good price to expect to pay on a 2200? Preferably a cdn price.
re: I just bought a 2200chskin
Aug 31, 2002 11:52 AM
I paid $2200 Canadian for a 2200 about 2 months ago in the Guelph, ON area. The LBS gave me a 40% discount on a computer, shoes, and aerobars.

Best of luck.

P.S. I almost got the 2000 and still think that it is a great bike. The 2200 was just more me but anyway 105 or better is a must.
re: New to road ridingTenny24
Aug 31, 2002 4:42 AM
What is up with these cyclocross bikes? Are they any good?