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Newbie looking for a (cheap) ride...(6 posts)

Newbie looking for a (cheap) ride...kurt12
Apr 17, 2003 6:29 AM
I'm looking to expand my mountain biking horizons to the road and am having trouble choosing a bike. I want to keep it to $1000 or less and have thus far, been looking at the 2002 Bianchi Giro at supergo.com, the Tommaso Sicilian or ACF1 at getawaybikes.com, and the Motobecane Grand Sprint at bikesdirect.com. I'm suspect of Tommaso and Motobecane because I can't find much info on either of them, and customer reviews tend to be mixed. The Motobecane, especially, makes me wonder since it comes w/ full Ultegra for only $999. Any thoughts on their frame, fork, wheelset, etc. One last thing... I want to be able to keep up w/ my friends. Doesn't have to be lightning fast, but I need to be able to get some speed out of the bike. Any help/insight is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Recommend:MXL02
Apr 17, 2003 7:30 AM
This topic is routinely discussed on the forum. Use the search feature to help you. My own two cents, if you have not ridden a road bike before, do not buy one over the internet...get one from a reputable shop, who can fit you, trade out stems and saddles, etc, until you get fit properly. Recently I've seen a Raliegh Grand Prix for $899...Alum frame, 105 components...not a bad starter bike IMO. Giant also makes some very nice starter models. Good Luck,
couple suggestionsdante
Apr 17, 2003 7:56 AM
just having made the jump from mtn. to road as well, a couple things to keep in mind:
1) proper fit is more important than make/model/components/price. Get a fitting done at your LBS, and see what they have for previous years models in your size.
2) Try a BUNCH out, and see what you like best. All will ride differently...
3) After you know your size, then decide whether to go mail-order or not. you can compare frame sizes/geometry/materials and come up with somewhat of an idea how they'll ride.
4) Don't worry about speed, in the $1000 range any will be adequate but not spectacular. Of course it's not going to be *quite* as fast as a bike with $800 wheels, but it's not going to be relevant unless you're racing or really out hammering. Now your stamina from being used to mtn. biking is another matter...

Have fun, it's almost as much fun as ripping through some nice singletrack.

dante
re: Newbie looking for a (cheap) ride...funknuggets
Apr 17, 2003 2:08 PM
what size you lookin for?
$150 used is a cheap ride. $1000 is a very nice bikeContinental
Apr 18, 2003 6:59 AM
re: Newbie looking for a (cheap) ride...Rushfan
Apr 20, 2003 7:58 PM
I picked up a Specialized Allez Elite 27 over the winter and am very happy with it. List $1050, I got it on sale for $900. Some of the local bike shops near me have 2002 models on deep discount...

When you go shopping, make sure to budget for clipless pedals, shoes, gloves, and shorts. All of these really make a difference in comfort. And consider getting a professional fitting- I didn't do that and should have.