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Road Race Bike(5 posts)

Road Race Bikelexington476
May 12, 2003 5:13 PM
The LBS I deal with (I really like this store) carries Giant and Specialized road bikes. I got my current Specialized Allez 24 there (a $600 road bike). Well I find my self (trying) racing it, something it was not really meant to do. I am not going to upgrade it, so I am THINKING about getting a bike more in line for racing. Now I do not make a lot, so is it possible to get a race-able bike (from Giant or Specialized) in the range of $800 to $950? Figure maybe get $200 to $250 when I sell the current bike. Might buy the bike this coming winter, after I buy a parts kit for my CX bike.
re: Road Race BikeLC
May 12, 2003 5:36 PM
if you can find something with at least 105 components within your price then it should be fine. Might have to go used though.
re: Road Race Biketriple shot espresso
May 12, 2003 5:45 PM
Look for something used. I'd rather have a bike that is 3 or 4 years old that's built for racing then something that's the latest and greatest mediocre middle of the line bike. Get a good frame with cheap components and then upgrade as they break, which they will if you ride and race a lot. Maybe I'm confused about the parts kit for the cx bike, I thought cx bikes got road bike hand me downs.
re: Road Race Bikelexington476
May 12, 2003 5:55 PM
Only have the one road bike, so no hand me downs yet. And I do not want to part out the current road bike.
re: Road Race Biketigermilk
May 13, 2003 11:16 AM
My vote would be to keep your current bike and slowly put together a racing bike. Check ebay, the classifieds here, and online sales to put something together. I'm in the process of putting together an older but never ridden Cannondale CAAD4 frame with Campy Chorus parts. Here's the price breakdown so far:

Frame came with headset, handlebars, seatpost, fork, stem, 105 front derailleur - $400 delivered (need to sell that 105 der. as I don't need it)
Campy Chorus BB and Whipperman Nickel chain - $75 shipped
Chorus front der., slightly used off ebay $30 delivered
Chorus brake calipers - $85 (20% off e-coupon at Performance or some other online retailer)
Chorus 175mm crankset - $110 shipped from ebay (new)
Chorus rear der. and Ergo levers - $180 shipped with 20% off e-coupon from Supergo
Campy cable kit - $35

So for $915 I'm getting a full Chorus bike (except headset) plus since I'm putting it together I get a free education in bike assembly that will help with future bikes I put together. I've got plenty of extra wheelsets so I'm set there. I figure I saved at least $500 so far and over $1k off full retail.