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road bike for beginning riders(6 posts)

road bike for beginning ridersBeach
Dec 18, 2002 1:25 PM
I am interested in finding out what brands a new road riders should focus attention on? I am interested in new or used models?? I will be riding in SF Bay Area.
re: road bike for beginning riderslaffeaux
Dec 18, 2002 3:35 PM
Fit is more important than brand. Go to several bike shops and try out the bikes to see what bikes you are more comfortable on. All of the larger manufacturers sell bikes suitable for new bikers. What part of the Bay Area are you in?
re: road bike for beginning riderswillride4ever
Dec 18, 2002 5:06 PM
You can't go wrong with Giants, Treks, Cannondales and Specialized. Take a few test drives to have a feel of the different bikes. Also, you cannot discount a good used bike just to see if this sport is really for you. You'll save money this way and it gives you time to make that final decision. If you decide this is the sport for you, you will have a good second or winter bike in the end.

Ride On!
Strongly consider a used bikeKerry
Dec 18, 2002 5:24 PM
Make sure you know your fit, and then save a bunch of cash/get a much nicer starter bike by pursuing the used route.
Go with fit first, less likely to get discouraged.niteschaos
Dec 18, 2002 6:00 PM
With all that said, if you want to start out with something affordable and conventional looking, look at what Felt has to offer. I was in your shoes this summer and have thoroughly enjoyed my decision 2 races later.
re: road bike for beginning ridersjtolleson
Dec 19, 2002 6:53 AM
This is a hard question to answer because there isn't a single brand on the market that I'd just tell you to avoid. Virtually every major manufacturer offers a nice bike, similarly spec'd, for the beginning roadie.

I do have some biases, though, and others may differ. I think that those who are quite overweight (I'm not saying this applies to you, I don't know anything about you) get frustrated and uncomfortable on a drop handlebar road bike. I think a hybrid is a necessary first step for those riders.

Assuming that's a non-issue, I think that most beginning roadies might enjoy themselves a little more on steel instead of aluminum. Most steel bikes are a little more foregiving. There are nice steel offerings from KHS, Fuji, Bianchi, Iron Horse, and others in the entry level bike arena.

The suggestion of buying used is a great one from a financial perspective. More bike for less money. But unless you have a local friend who is kind of knowledgable to help you, that can be really daunting. Buying new from an LBS isn't a tragedy. You aren't just buying a bike; you are buying the wealth of advice and fit assistance that a good bike shop can provide, plus usually a year's free service. Now is the time of year that some bike shops still have '02 bikes (or even '01) and are offering good discounts.

Start with going to your town's best road oriented bike shop and pick a salesperson's brain. Test ride a bike or two. Even if you are shopping the used market, you'll still be well served by going to a local shop and putting hands on bikes.