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Suggestions for a respectable road bike(8 posts)

Suggestions for a respectable road bikeHefe
Sep 1, 2002 1:29 PM
I'm interested in buying a road bike, but don't know where to start. I've been riding mountain bikes for years, and so I'm pretty clueless when it comes to what's what in roadbikes. Can anyone suggest 2-3 respectable bikes that are middle to higher-level in cost? Bikes that will give me solid credibility at a group ride. I know that riding both types of bikes can be beneficial to my skill level and fitness. Thanks in advance for your input. Joel
"Minimum requirements"filtersweep
Sep 1, 2002 2:49 PM
I'd at least get 105 or 105/Ultegra mix and a carbon fork... which will start at about $1400-1500. Anything above that will be gravy.

Credibility? I think your riding skills will give you more credibility than WHAT you ride.

But, since you must ask (not that I'm an expert)- seems no group ride is complete without a Trek 5200 or a Cannondale R2000 (or whatever they are)- and granted these are common, since, well, no ride is complete without one... if you are looking for affordable "zoot", something a bit more unusual and that "projects" a more refined sense of taste... maybe for aluminum try a Klein or Pinarello. Good luck finding light, affordable steel... and if this is your first road bike, you probably aren't looking for titanium or expensive carbon?

You should probably already be considering your wardrobe ;)
"Minimum requirements": Lightweight, affordable steelSpunout
Sep 1, 2002 4:09 PM
Consider a Lemond? Buenos Aires or such, with Reynolds 853 will please you well, go for Zurich at the middle/high end.

True, so many Treks 5200s out there, try to find a bike that gives you good vibes. Get a professional fitting, that is MOST important on a roadbike. You will be on it for 2-3 hours at a steady spin, different comfort requirements than a MTB. You will notice that steel is a winner in the comfort category also.
Hold the mean I'm projecting...DeRanger
Sep 2, 2002 5:46 AM
...a "more refined sense of taste" 'cause I bought a Pinarello? Dang, I thought I was just getting a really sweet Italian steel bike!

The things you learn on this site...


"Minimum requirements"Hefe
Sep 2, 2002 4:05 PM
Yeah, what's with cycling apparel? There are so many gaudy options in jerseys, helmets and all. So, I'm gonna go with this reasoning - the clothes are bright and flashy to get you noticed by people driving cars...

That's what white Castelli jerseys are for, visablity and taste.SnowBlind
Sep 2, 2002 4:31 PM
re: Suggestions for a respectable road bikejtlmd
Sep 1, 2002 5:22 PM
Look for a nice moderately priced steel bike. You'll always be happy with steel. Later when you know more about road riding you can decide if your next bike will be steel, carbon fiber, aluminum or titanium. You should have no problem finding what you want for $1000-2000. Beware all the bike shops trying to push the trendy Treks and Cannondales on you.
re: Suggestions for a respectable road bikeHefe
Sep 2, 2002 4:07 PM
Thanks for the feedback. I appreciate it.