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For starters........blakester
Mar 6, 2003 1:54 PM
I am looking to get into road biking for just around town/to school and work purposes. I will not be racing, or riding in any competition of any kind. I'd like to get something that will last me many years of relatively light use. All I have now is an old low end trek MTB. What do I need to know about road bike riding/shifting/braking? (I know all the basics, and have checked otu a bunch of internet places and shops. For mostly 30mile and under rides, and around town commutes, should I go with the shimano sora system and 24 speed triple (there are lots of hills around here) or should I look for a tiagra or 105 system to last me longer? Also, if anyone out there has an old 56cm Road bike sitting around that they would sell, I'd be interested. So, overall any road bike tips and recomendations (models) for my situation would be great. I'd like to keep it under $1000, and ideally under $800. THANK YOU!
where are you at?joekm
Mar 6, 2003 2:03 PM
If your not too far away to ship, I've got an old Centurion (aka: Diamondback) Accordo. Steel frame with Shimano Exage system (including BioPace crank).

It's ridable but needs some sprucing up. Then again, I'd let it go for considerably less than $800.00.

As for frame size, I know it was too big for me but I rode it for several years. I am currently on a 54 cm (C-C) frame and this Accordo was probably 58 measured center to top. 58 would be the max though. Otherwise it's a 56 cm frame.

Let me know if you are interested.
where are you at?blakester
Mar 6, 2003 2:21 PM
I live in washington state USA. What kind of sprucing up? (I'm not too knowledgeable able fixing road bikes) I'm unfamiliar with exage or biopace crank systems. (I thought everythign was pretty much shimano sora-tiagra-105-ultaegra-Dura Ace, or the various campy sytems.) I am looking for a triple, and I would like it to have shifters on the headset/brakes (like the newer bikes do) not just lower down on the frame. How many speeds is best for light riding/commuting (not racing or doing any centuries)?
where are you at?joekm
Mar 7, 2003 6:26 AM
Well, I'm clear on the other end of the country so it may be too cost prohibitive to ship. The bike is from 1989 I believe. It has some paint scratches, the bar tape should be replaced, and the original clip pedals have lost the original screws that hold the toe clips on. Also, the wheel rims are original (700x25c) and need to be trued although I've ridden the bike up till July of last year when I got my new one.

Exage is an older system. The big technology "gee-whiz" points of the day were the off-round (BioPace) crank, which was supposed to improve pedaling efficiency. and the aerodynamic brake components. It also has a steel "aero" threaded fork.

I've often thought I'd look into a Tiaga or 105 partial build kit (to transfer control up to the brake levers) and turn this into my commuter bike. I think I paid about $400.00 when it was new.

If your think you might be interested, give me your e-mail and I'll send some photos. It just may be that you could, get this bike, have your LBS upgrade it to 105, and still come in pretty close to your $800.00 price point.
re: For starters........No_sprint
Mar 6, 2003 2:20 PM
I never recommend going used for any *new* person to this sport. You're a prime candidate for a superstore type purchase. They'll get you on something that'll be a decent fit (this changes over time). If you've got something like a Supergo around, I recommend it. LBS's are notorious for selling *newbies* what they've got. A superstore will have so much inventory and so many sizes, you'll not likely be force fit. Get a last year's closeout for a song of a deal. They typically include 1 year's maintenance, get to know the sport, the rig, etc. Move up a couple year's down the road should your interest build. You will certainly be able to find a rig that'll serve your purpose for $599/$699 or so.
re: For starters........blakester
Mar 6, 2003 2:33 PM
So you think I should buy new to start out, ok, I don't follow this part of your reply though: "You're a prime candidate for a superstore type purchase. They'll get you on something that'll be a decent fit (this changes over time). If you've got something like a Supergo around, I recommend it. LBS's are notorious for selling *newbies* what they've got."
So would you not suggest visiting the local bike store that only carries 2 or 3 brands?
re: For starters........No_sprint
Mar 6, 2003 2:46 PM
Sure, go visit them.

Knowing exactly what you want and what you'll pay is the best way to go about an LBS, if you're going roadie.

You'll undoubtedly find much better deals from a superstore like Supergo. You'll undoubtedly find much more to choose from at a Supergo type store. I've seen Specialized and Cervelos there with full Ultegra for $1199 or so.

Let me suggest to you this hypothetical situation. Say I'm 5'3" and looking for a bike. The local small shop has 10 roadies total. Most are 55cm. They don't have a 50 but just happen to have some obscure 52 or 53. They'll try to force fit you on it. Supergo will have 10 or 12 bikes that will fit you better and let you choose from there.

The largest LBS in my area maxes out at maybe 20 built roadies on hand total. Last time I went to Supergo, I'd guess they had 100 built, at least 10/12 different manufacturers.
re: For starters........blakester
Mar 6, 2003 6:19 PM
I'm assuming Supergo is a store, I have never heard of it. Do you know of any such stores in the northwest?
re: For starters........chriscpa
Mar 6, 2003 3:29 PM
Hi, I have a 55 cm Titanium with Ulterga bike sitting here.
$800 with no wheels. 1000 for a complete bike with kysrium wheels. This will last your years.
re: For starters........russw19
Mar 6, 2003 4:40 PM
I got a 56 cm Cannondale Cad 3 Saeco Dura-Ace with no pedals and no brake calipers, but otherwise complete I would sell for $1000. If someone wants to buy it, I would even pay this board the sellers fee times 3, just because it would be the right thing to do. My frame has a dime sized dent in the top tube from a handlebar impact. Aestetic, not structural, but it's there.

Dura Ace 9 speed STI by the way. It's used, but it works perfectly.

More food for thoughtDL Lawrence
Mar 6, 2003 6:57 PM
In the recent Bicycling magazine (March 2003) there is an article on the 25 best deals in cycling-Best all around road bike under $600, was the Trek 1000 for 550 bucks, brand new.
More food for thoughtblakester
Mar 6, 2003 8:36 PM
So would you say that just 24 speeds and shimano sora componenets are good enough to use, as long as I'm not racing?
More food for thoughtraboboy
Mar 7, 2003 8:06 AM
indeed. sora sounds just fine for what you are looking for. I agree with the Trek 1000 as a good choice, or if you want Steel, check out the low end LeMond (Tourmalet?). Go to a bike shop, and try a few out. :)