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New to road bikes, need suggestions. (m)(4 posts)

New to road bikes, need suggestions. (m)Tylercyclist
Feb 16, 2003 7:40 AM
I am just getting into road biking and need suggestions on a bike to buy. I realize you folks get this a lot, but I hope you can help me out. I don't want to spend more than around $1,000 and I'd like to buy new if possible. My local bike shops (x2) sell LeMond, Trek, Specialized, and Giant. I can get a steel LeMond for around $1000 with a mix of 105 and Tiagra (mostly Tiagra) or I can get a Specialized Allez Elite (in aluminum) for around the same price with full 105 components.

I will be using the bike mostly for touring and training. If I did race, it wouldn't be often (maybe once a year).

Is there a real difference between 105 and Tiagra when it comes to durability and smoothness of shifting? I have heard that steel rides better than aluminum but that steel is stiffer. How can it be stiffer but ride better?

If you think that there are better bikes for the money, please let me know and I'll see if Dallas has a shop that sells them (or online). I saw a Motobecane online for around $1000 with Ultegra, but I'm not sure about these. I have also seen Fuji bikes in this range online.

By the way, I want a double chainring setup, which precludes many of the entry level bikes out there. I appreciate any help you guys can give. I prefer local buying, but will consider otherwise.

re: New to road bikes, need suggestions. (m)tmotz
Feb 16, 2003 8:56 AM
Most of the answers your looking for can be found by searching the archives on this board.
Here's a great deal...asphalt assault
Feb 16, 2003 9:43 AM
If you'd like to go mailorder, Supergo has an Ultegra equipped, carbon forked, Scianti (sp?) framed roadie for a grand. I dont think it's listed on their website though.

My best MTB riding bud has been gushing about this deal for the last few days and says he's gonna try to hold off til the end of the months so he's not "impulse buying". After listening to him last night though, I doubt he's gonna make it til Wednesday before he gets on the phone and orders one.

I'm a roadie newbie to be also. I just got a Ti frame and I'm gonna build it...I got the roadie itch and now I'v infected my bud with the same: )

Have fun!
re: New to road bikes, need suggestions. (m)ukiahbill
Feb 16, 2003 10:54 AM
I'd take a look at entry level Bianchi bikes too. I had a Campione I liked a lot and it got me hooked on Italian steel and Campagnolo parts, and they are roughly $1000. Had to replace the bars, stem, and seat though as they were all junk, a good bike once that was done...but that might need doing on other 1k bikes too.