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Entry Level Road Bike Suggestions?(7 posts)

Entry Level Road Bike Suggestions?Nomatt
May 4, 2003 1:31 PM
I am looking to get into road biking. I will be travelling about 25 miles a day a couple days a week maybe.looking for a nice entry level bike. I was looking at the following bikes in the 500-650 range:

Trek 1000
Giant OCR 3
Raleigh Grand Sport
Bianchi Brava
Specialized Allez 24
Schwinn Fastback
Cannondale R400
Fuji Finest

and i cant seem to choose. so which is best in your opinion. any others in this price range that i should look at ? thanks
Might be a little higher than your price range, but..........tronracer
May 4, 2003 1:34 PM
Looks like a sweet bike
Fit....Fit.....Fit......Fit....Dave Hickey
May 4, 2003 2:22 PM
I can't say it enough. Fit is most important. All of the bikes you mentioned are fine. Have you ridden any of them?
Buy the bike you are most comfortable riding.
re: Entry Level Road Bike Suggestions?jtolleson
May 4, 2003 3:01 PM
I can't agree more that fit is the issue for many in picking a bike, and the list you have includes a couple of offerings (Giant, Specialized) engineered with the sloping top tube "compact geometry" style which is favored by those with shorter legs and longer torsoes. The rest are all traditional, I think (except maybe the Schwinn?)

For those riding for comfort and casual fitness/recreation, I favor steel. It is slightly more forgiving than aluminum, but only a few companies offer a steel entry level bike (Bianchi and Specialized and Fuji, I think).

These bikes will all be very similarly built and similarly spec'd (Shimano Sora or Campy Mirage) ... there's no true "mistake" among them. Keep an eye out for sales, though. The weak enconomy means that for $700, for example, some bike shops are offering some bikes that are one rung up the "food chain."

One other manufacturer with an affordable entry level bike is KHS. You can shop them through Performance bike shops.
Nevada CityTower
May 4, 2003 5:43 PM
LeMond's Nevada City is around 800 I think. Decent entry level steel bike with traditional geometry.
Good catchjtolleson
May 4, 2003 8:02 PM
I recommend Lemond a lot and totally overlooked that one...
Also Jamis Venturadante
May 5, 2003 10:24 AM
$850 for a steel bike/carbon fork and tiagra shifters/der. Going to be a couple pounds heavier than the alu, but ride quality would be better.