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New to Road Bikes...help me out(11 posts)

New to Road Bikes...help me outfrank02
Nov 12, 2002 9:40 AM
I feel that I have reached the limits of riding my MTB with slicks on the road and want to try a "real" road bike. I'm 6'5"/230# and want a bike for recreational rides. Most of my rides will be in the 2-4 hour range with the occasional all day group expedition. I don't want to drop a wad of cash on my 1st road bike, just want to see if this is something I'll want to do as much as mtn biking. So give me some reccomendations and suggestions.
Steel, and well made at that! Don't go light weight. nmSpunout
Nov 12, 2002 9:53 AM
re: New to Road Bikes...help me outgregario
Nov 12, 2002 9:56 AM
try this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1582483480

This bike might fit you. No, I'm not the seller, I just happened to see it. Unfortunately, at your height, the pickins' get a littler slimmer. I'm 6'2" with long legs and I require a 62 c-c or so. Many frames don't come any bigger than 61 c-t, but there are a few. Cannondale is one that comes to mind, as well as Colnago, and some other Italian Steel frames. I've sold a couple bikes via E-bay but never have bought one. Buyer beware. There are also classifieds on this site to check out. Used may be the way to go if you're just trying to see how you like it.
Find a nice steel bikebigrider
Nov 12, 2002 10:04 AM
If you don't want to spend a lot of money but you want to be comfortable on the bike I would recommend a steel frame. Inexpensive aluminum frames will not ride well but will be around 1 lb. lighter. That isn't a whole lot in proportion to your size. If you are looking at less than a thousand dollars for a complete bike titanium, and carbon are pretty much out of the picture.

Supergo is running some nice specials on end of year bikes. With your size you may have a LBS that ordered a large bike and can't get rid of it and may be willing to deal.
Agree, go steelwillin
Nov 12, 2002 12:08 PM
I went back to raod riding after a long absence. I did some basic resaerch first, and was so confused with the various frame materials and forum talk, that I decided to buy a "decent" entry level steel bike.

I weigh 200, weighed 210 back then. I purchased a Jamis brand bike, cost about 1100 new out the door last year. Almost 12 months ago.

I was very happy with the bike, put about 4000 miles on in 9 months, then bought a titanium bike after I new what was gouing on in todays bike world.

My suggestion would be to look at the Jamis web site, where they have reprinted some bicycling magazine reviews on the Jamis, and get an idea of that bike.

Greg Lemond's bikes are good too, about the same price, or not much more.

Used you can find great values on steel bikes. Depending on what you want to spend, you can get a great bike with few miles for considerabley less than new. For example, my old Jamis will sell at 700 or so, and it is less than a year old.

Also consider the upgrade to Ultegra from 105. It is only 100 dollars price difference on most bikes, and is well spent.

After you get the basic steel bike, you can decide on upgrading or not after a season, and not be too much out of pocket on the first bike.
Definitely steel for .......PEDDLEFOOT
Nov 12, 2002 11:59 AM
the style of riding and your size.Go for comfort over weight savings for your purposes.
How about a steel touring bike like?frank02
Nov 12, 2002 1:40 PM
I was looking at the Trek 520 steel frame touring bike. Seems like a logical direction to get a durable and comfy bike, and they come in a 25"/62.5cm frame.

Comments?

FRAMESET:
FRAME: Trek Cro-Moly. High grade Trek engineered double butted Cro-Moly steel. Excellent shock absorption. Handmade in the USA.
FORK: Trek triple butted Cro-Moly

WHEELS:
WHEELS: Bontrager Fairlane rims; Shimano Deore LX hubs; 14G stainless spokes
TIRES: Bontrager Select, 700x35c

COMPONENTS:
SADDLE: Trek CRZ+ Road
SEATPOST: Bontrager Sport
HANDLEBARS: Bontrager Select
STEM: Bontrager Race, 7°
HEADSET: Cane Creek C-1 1-1/8" AHS

DRIVETRAIN:
SHIFTERS: Shimano Dura-Ace, bar end control
FRONT DERAILLEUR: Shimano 105
REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano Deore LX
CRANKSET: Shimano 105 52/42/30
CASSETTE: SRAM 7.0 11-32, 9spd

OTHER:
BRAKESET: Alloy linear pull
PEDALS: Shimano M515, clipless
EXTRAS: Rack
Trek 520Steve Bailey
Nov 12, 2002 2:00 PM
Lot's of good reasons to go in this direction, especially as it's equipped and designed to do "real tours" (I.E. - fully loaded) tours should you want to. I happily rode my Miyata tourer for a few years with skinny tires, no rack, etc... swapping to big tires, rack etc for commuting.

Or you could look into a Rivendell Rambouillet built up custom from Sheldon or Peter White, or a similar Heron.

Both would be a good bit lighter, maybe not riding as harsh as a dedicated touring bike would, but would have a similar riding style and comfort for long day's in the saddle.

www.rivendellbicycles.com
www.sheldonbrown.com
www.peterwhitecycles.com

Steve B.
Definitely go usedKerry
Nov 12, 2002 5:32 PM
You can either save a bunch of money or go higher up the quality line for a starter bike. This is the best way to get into the road side of life. Just make sure it fits.

http://www.bsn.com/cycling/ergobike.html
http://www.coloradocyclist.com/BikeFit/index.cfm
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harart-frames.html
http://www.rivendellbicycles.com/frameinfo/Frame_Sizing.htm
http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/fitting.htm

For adjusting the fit of the bike, there are roughly five starting points:

1. Seat height (top of saddle to center of pedal axle) at 108-110% of inseam.
2. Saddle parallel to ground.
3. Saddle fore/aft adjusted so that a plumb bob from the bony protrusion just below the kneecap passes through the pedal axle when the cranks are horizontal. This is known as KOPS (Knee Over Pedal Spindle)
4. Front hub axle obscured by the handlebars when riding in your "regular" position (drops, hoods, or tops).
5. Top of handlebars 1 to 4.5+ inches below the top of the saddle depending on your flexibility and size.

These are all starting points for "average" proportioned people, and many folks like to move away from these starting points as they learn what makes them more comfortable, powerful, or efficient. You want to get the fit of the frame as close as you can, then do minor adjustments with the stem, seat post, saddle position, etc.
re: New to Road Bikes...help me outNJRoad
Nov 13, 2002 6:35 AM
Maybe you could try www.gvhbikes.com

I've never bought from them but have heard great things from people on this site. Shimano 105 and Basso Gap steel frame would run you about $1350. He may even be able to order one of the Viners that he sells in your size, he doesn't show any in current inventory.
re: New to Road Bikes...help me outThorman
Nov 13, 2002 5:18 PM
I would have to agree with previous posts about buying used. You get so much more for the money when you buy a used rig. The biggest thing I would look for is what grouping is on the bike. I would suggest not getting anything less than Shimano 105.

Thorman
http://www.ScottThor.com