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flat lander needs advice......(7 posts)

flat lander needs advice......iceman
Mar 18, 2003 10:25 AM
hey all
i've always mountain biked but i recently moved to savannah GA. things are just flat here. since there's no place to go mt biking i'd like to buy a road bike. i'm looking to spend about 1500.00. there are 3 bikes shops near me but the kids that work there don't seem to know much. they mostly sell cruiser bikes to the college kids.

what brands will give me the most bang for my buck? is there a difference between a hill climbing bike and a flat road bike?
i know nothing about buying a road bike so any advice would be help full. i'm 6'1 210 so i'm not a light weight if that makes a difference.
thanks
re: flat lander needs advice......jtolleson
Mar 18, 2003 10:42 AM
There's no fundamental difference between a "hill climbing bike" and a "flat road bike." Some folks who love to climb may choose things that are considered lighter or stiffer, but a good road bike is a good road bike. The one thing that certain folks in hilly country do is add a triple crank on the front (for lower gearing).

Different manufacturers have different geometries, so there is no single right answer to your question, though at that price point I ALWAYS mention the Lemond Buenos Aires if you have a Lemond dealer. I think a Trek 2200 is priced in that neighborhood and Bianchi has several offerings that I really like, including the Giro (al) and Eros (steel).

You can get lots of bang for the buck through some slightly smaller companies like Fuji, Marin, or KHS, but my guess is you may not have a local dealer and I do think test riding and a proper fitting are really important.

Good luck.
Iceman?...Where's Slider? Goose? You can be my wingman. nmeschelon
Mar 18, 2003 10:58 AM
Here I go againNo_sprint
Mar 18, 2003 11:25 AM
I'll bring it up again. For a new rider that knows nothing about good fit and lots of other stuff, a superstore that has a ton of inventory could be the best way to go. This way you won't be ill fitted on a brand spankin' 2003 at full pop price.

I'll plug it again although I've never purchased much from them and have no connection with them. Check out supergo.com. Full Ultegra group, carbon fiber Scattante frame, under $1500. I know nothing about Scattante other than a couple of local riders race them. That's a tough deal to beat.
any large inventory stores in atlanta any one can recomend?iceman
Mar 18, 2003 12:33 PM
when me and my wife shopped for a around town cruiser bikes the selection and knowledge was pretty slim. when i lived in new york there was a killer bike shop in brooklyn to try bikes for size and the owner knew his stuff. he would tweek every thing for a nice fit. i'm just at a little loss down here. i'm not looking to order on line, i don't even know what size frame i need. i would much rather ride a few than point at a picture in a book.
not really_rt_
Mar 18, 2003 12:56 PM
as far as i can tell there really aren't any large inventory stores in atlanta. not to mention, there aren't a lot of shops in atlanta that i would recommend!!

that said, there are 2 shops that i've found to have nice & fairly knowledgeable people: Peachtree Bikes on Peachtree Rd. (duh!) across from the shopping center with the Linen's & Things & the Barnes & Noble; and the shop in Little 5 Points that i can't remember the name of right now.

both the shops above have a decent selection of road bikes for you to try.

one of the posters above recommended the Bianchi Giro & i second that recommendation. but it really depends on the fit. so, just because it was a good bike for me (full 105 for under $1200) doesn't mean it will be good for you.

good luck.
rt
any large inventory stores in atlanta any one can recomend?outacontrol
Mar 19, 2003 7:17 AM
Come down to Jacksonville, there are several good bike shops. Highly recommend Open Road Bicycles, also there's American Bicycle Co. & Champion cycles. All have good inventory. Give them a call to see what they have in stock.