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Help a newb pick a ride under 1k$(17 posts)

Help a newb pick a ride under 1k$jedinice1980
Mar 19, 2003 5:23 AM
Hey - thanks for reading.
Before college I was pretty hard core into mountain biking - but alas my days of spending $60 for a new rim every month are over.
Now I'm out of college, have some money and would like to start road biking - just training at first but maybe some club rides and races later.
The array of choices is appalling - somebody please make some recommendations for a bike under 1k$ to start with, preferably one that would up grade nicely over time...
I am a blank page - so treat me like I know nothing - the technology has almost completely changed on me during my 5 year hiatus (I remember when "chrome-moly" was still a really neato new idea).
Cervelo one, (has tiagra but you can upgrade) orafrican
Mar 19, 2003 5:48 AM
buy my litespeed.
Start with a used bike. After a year you will have a better ideaMB1
Mar 19, 2003 6:07 AM
of what is out there and what is important to you for your riding style.

Another bonus it that if you take care of your used bike it will not have lost a lot of value if you decide to sell it.
www.gvhbikes.comMudman
Mar 19, 2003 6:34 AM
Check out his special values.
Start off by answering a few questions...Scot_Gore
Mar 19, 2003 7:38 AM
...to help yourself narrow down from a broad array of choices and help the folks here give more focused advice.

Try these.....I Want:
A: A lite and fast a bike as possible for speed, speed speed, and more speed.
or
B: A steady and comfortable bike for long, longer, and even longer distances.

A: I expect to carry all I need in a small bag and jersey pockets because I'll be recreational riding in good weather.
or
B: I expect to need to carry gear to meet my needs to commute and ride in all weather conditions.

A: I have some particuliar inclinations to buy products from cetain regions (ie Italy, USA) or brands (ie Shimano, Campy)
or
B: I have no particuliar inclinations regarding my component make up.

A: I like new innovations and gadgets and don't mind being one of the first to discover their degree of effectiveness.
or
B: I like tried and true proven systems. It comforts me to know that when I'm flying down a hill at 45mph that all my gear is proven to be up to that task. (an over-exageration)

Hope that helps.
Scot
Start off by answering a few questions...jedinice1980
Mar 19, 2003 8:37 AM
Thanks for asking the right questions...

A+1/2 - I'm looking more towards the speed end - but not so much as to be impractical for daily road use.

A - Good weather rides, little to no cargo.

B - Despite the times I have no inclination to a exports or imports.

B - Not looking to break new ground - something proven like the Tiagra or 105 line (no experience with Campy).

Thanks for taking the time...
Two AnswersScot_Gore
Mar 19, 2003 9:30 AM
If you can strech another $300 or so then here's a good choice. (I pasted this off a local LBS's website)

'02 LeMond Buenos Aires (Triple chainring)
$1,679.99 Closeout: $1,299.99

If you want a race-worthy bike with the gearing versatility of a touring rig, check out LeMond's Buenos Aires. Built with Reynolds 853 Designer Select double-butted steel tubing and LeMond geometry, this bike is strong, light and unbelievably comfortable. It's Shimano Ultegra 27-speed drivetrain off...
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If the $1000 is firm then:

Giant OCR 1
$1,099.99 Sale Price: $999.99

Giant's OCR 1 is quick, comfortable and dependable! It features a lightweight aluminum frame and Giant's Compact Road design with relaxed geometry and a great fit. A Shimano 105 parts group with triple chainrings provides the gearing you need for long climbs, rolling terrain, killer headwinds and ev...
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or

'03 Specialized Allez Elite 27 (Triple chainring)
$1,099.99

The Allez Elite 27 is ready to tackle any road you'd like to conquer. It features the A1 Premium aluminum double-butted frame that feels quick, light and rides like a dream. Plus, it has rack mounts if touring is your thing. Shimano's 105 27-speed components provides plenty of gears for easy climbin...

My two cents. LFR may be along shortly with a 2nd (it'd do my ego good anyway)

Scot
One suggestionmakalu
Mar 19, 2003 9:37 AM
If you get an aluminum frame, try to at least get a carbon fiber fork to help dampen some road jitters.
Oh yeah.........Third (and best) AnswerScot_Gore
Mar 19, 2003 9:57 AM
Learn to understand your own road bike size like you understand your own phone number and buy used.

Scot
Fitgeeker
Mar 19, 2003 7:42 AM
Depends on whether you know exactly what size frame you ride. You're going to get a lot of mail order suggestions, and that's great *if* you know the fit details. Used can also be good if you know the right size, but there can be hidden costs (cassette, chain, tires, rim tape, new stem in proper length).

If you're uncertain about sizing, it might be better to visit a LBS who's good at bike fitting. Granted, such shops may not be easy to find :-) !
I was in your boatmakalu
Mar 19, 2003 8:36 AM
Just recently. I ended up researching all models, and ended up purchasing a 2003 Trek 1200. Including tax and all, it was like $1009.

She gets her first ride today!!!
congrads, let me know youre impressionsjedinice1980
Mar 19, 2003 8:42 AM
re: Help a newb pick a ride under 1k$shamelessgearwhore
Mar 19, 2003 9:31 AM
I think the specialized and trek lines have ok bikes in that range. Whatever you buy, you will want something else in 2 years anyway so don't worry about it too much.
re: Help a newb pick a ride under 1k$cycleaddict
Mar 19, 2003 11:46 AM
A proper fit will be the most important part of buying a bike. Spend some time around this site and also get to know the guys down at the local bike shop.
Stretch your budget to the max--spending some extra now will pay off later. No doubt about it.
If possible, buy used. So many folks have really nice bikes that hang in the garage and do nothing but gather dust. You because bicycles have such poor resale value, you stand the chance of find a gem at a great price.
Wot I didEl Kabong
Mar 19, 2003 12:19 PM
I'm in approximately your same boat, but with a much longer hiatus. I'm just finishing putting together a bike that cost almost exactly what you want to spend. I got a fairly inexpensive, but reasonably nice steel frame off eBay, and am populating it with components from eBay and on sale at various on-line retailers. I actually ended up with mostly DuraAce drivetrain components, except for Ultegra cranks. I built up a nice set of wheels with some 25th anniversary DuraAce hubs from eBay and Interloc Cadence rims, and the whole thing is coming together nicely.

I'm sure the cognoscenti will turn up their noses at the results (cheapo frame with top shelf components) but my reasons for doing it this way were:

- I may like road biking, or I may hate it (I'm primarily a mountain biker). If I like it, I can upgrade the frame and have a top notch ride. If I hate it, the components will resell readily, and since I got them for a good price I won't lose out too much.

- I already know how to build up a bike and enjoy it.

- I love building wheels.

- I like putting things together exactly the way I want.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it -- and if it turns out I like road biking, I've got a Cinelli frame at GVHbikes all picked out...

El K.
I was in your shoes last summerniteschaos
Mar 19, 2003 12:31 PM
Doing alot of group rides and 4 races since I started riding I have found that training makes the biggest difference in results. That said, you can't train properly without something that fits properly. Used or new, you will have a blast if you are just startying out riding on the road. My bike has 3000 miles on it since last summer and it still shifts and rides like new (I like to think cause I'm a maintence wiz), and I ride a little $750 Felt F75. I got helmet, shorts, shoes, pedals, bike, pump all for under $1000. Don't forget the cost of other things that come with a road bike.

If this is your first purchase in a while, I would suggest you do it at a shop. A good shop is a great place and they'll make sure you enjoy your riding.

If you are just starting out, it doesnt matter what your frame is made of cause chances are you won't be able to feel a difference during the usual short test ride, but you'll have fun either way. Giant, Felt, Trek, Cannondale, Leader, Bianchi, KHS and a few others all make great starter machines that the beginning roadie will be more than happy to use.

Keep points to remember:
1. Fit is Critical
2. Don't worry about the weight
3. If you can, go clipless, its awesome!
3. If you don't know if you need a triple, you probably do.
excellent response. nominated for RBR new bike FAQ nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 19, 2003 12:34 PM