|Looking for a road bike recommendations||rayman65|
Nov 19, 2002 7:12 PM
|I am training for a duathalon at the end of March in Birmingham, Alabama. I am looking for a solid road bike between 1000-$1500. I have have test ridden a Trek 2300 and a Klein Carbon Pro. I preferred the Klein but it was wee bit out of my price range. Any recommendations? I am 5ft 9 with a 31.5 - 32 in inseam if matters.
|Look at GVHbikes.com for some alternatives . . .||Look381i|
Nov 20, 2002 4:57 AM
|if you are willing to consider internet shopping. Gary Hobbs has years of successful experience fitting riders at a distance and providing big bang for the buck. He will build up the frame you choose to suit your budget and taste. |
By the way, one of my back up bikes is a Guerciotti Neuron w/Chorus, a two-year old GVH purchase, since upgraded. I am your size and would be willing to part with it, so if you are interested, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (I may not be far from you -- Macon, GA). It is priced toward the bottom of your range.
|Look at GVHbikes.com for some alternatives . . .||outofthesaddle|
Nov 20, 2002 8:49 AM
|I would think about getting fitted before dialing up Gary. He is super helpful and his pricing is unbeatable but he can only do so much over the phone. You should take a look at the bikes he carries and figure out which you prefer. Then you might pay someone to fit you and come up with the relevant sizing for that bike (frame/stem/crank, etc.) I bought my last bike from Gary -- I knew exactly what I wanted and it took about 1 minute to order. I saved a ton of money. I will definitely buy my next bike from him as well.|
|Buy the Trek and start training.||Sintesi|
Nov 20, 2002 6:05 AM
|Almost all the bikes in this price range are very good values and none are truly better than the others. You're new to the game so stick with name brands like Trek, Specialized, Giant, Lemond, Klein, etc..., and take the one that feels and looks coolest to you. You can't go wrong. Start training, get hooked, and then start saving for your Pegoretti or Serotta as your next bike in three or four years.|
Nov 20, 2002 7:38 AM
|Fit is priority #1. Buy whatever fits and feels best to you. A professional fitting for ~$50 would probably be a good investment, as many people on this forum recommend.
I bought my first bike this summer, a Giant TCR2, and am quite happy with it. Use it for triathlons with aerobars. For an entry-level bike, I don't think you can wrong with either of your choices as long as it fits you well and feels right under you. For second and third bikes, and for the "last bike you'll ever buy", you'll probably want to be more picky.
|re: Looking for a road bike recommendations||gotj|
Nov 20, 2002 10:19 AM
|If you're looking for a good price on a new bike, this Scattante from Supergo that I've seen advertised here looks like a good deal (Reynolds 853, carbon fork, Ultegra, etc.), though I don't know how it compares to GVH inventory. They have it in 54, which might come close to your size: