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New Biker - Advice Anyone?(7 posts)

New Biker - Advice Anyone?Belliss
Jan 20, 2003 5:12 PM
A friend recommended this site to me as I enter the world of road biking. I am looking to buy a new bike and would look someone/anyone's advice in term of what i should get given I am just starting out in this sport. I am an avid mountain biker but I am aware they are entirely different sports - thus different equipment. I used to row quite competitively and i think biking will be refreshing yet still very competitive. Anyone's thoughts on bike specs or anything else.

Any help is appreciated.

Lots of variables, like;look271
Jan 20, 2003 5:16 PM
How much do you plan to ride?
How much do you plan to spend?
What type of riding (touring, racing, just for fun)?

A lttle more details would help =)
Lots of variables, like;Belliss
Jan 21, 2003 1:13 PM
I plan to race, so i'd basically be training 6 days per week and slowly build my volume to higher levels. I am about 5"9 and a half. I plan on spending 700 american (roughly). I also intend on purchasing a trainer. Do you know anything about good versus bad trainers.

Thank You
Lots of variables, like;look271
Jan 22, 2003 7:16 AM
For that price, you should be getting a low to mid range alum frame,possibly with Shimano 105 components. Raliegh and Fuji make decent bikes in this range, and I'm sure there are others. If you plan to race, you may want to either 1) spend some more $$ or 2) look for a decent used bike. Check out e-bay or the classifieds here. Good luck!
Not enough info to make a comment, but!GeoCyclist
Jan 21, 2003 5:07 AM
If you are going to race, start out cheap (second hand) so when you wreck it doesn't break the bank.

Ride on!
Not enough info to make a comment, but!mainframe
Jan 21, 2003 6:54 AM
I'd say start out cheap (used is the best buy) regardless of whether or not you race. What you want in a bike will evolve through your ongoing experience. Don't buy it all today, tomorrow you'll find a thousand reasons why you should have done something different.
Not enough info to make a comment, but!Belliss
Jan 21, 2003 1:14 PM
Sorry about the lack of information

I am just under 5"10, i plan to race and train 6 time per week. I have already been looking at the used bike area and plan to spend the middle of the road somewhat - roughly 700-800 american. Any other tips or web-sites?

Thank You