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Titanium bikes(3 posts)

Titanium bikesTim37
May 12, 2003 6:24 PM
I'm new to the forum and was searching for some opinions on a new bike purchase. I live in Maine and will be riding a road bike in all kinds of weather. I'm 218 pounds, although dropping weight to a hopefull under 200 by the end of the summer. I am shy of 5'8" and am a prior bodybuilder. I currently have a steel fuji bike and like the ride, but it will not last too long with the weather and road salt. Aluminum rattles a bit too much on these roads and my bones.
I'm leaning toward a full titanium frame, but local selection is poor. I've considered Merckx majestic, Litespeed, Merlin, Moser, Seven, and Lemond. I'm going to have to travel 100 to 200 miles to get to test ride any titanium other than litespeed. Thus, I'm looking for opinions which I would put more stock in than a test ride in the parking lot.
Should I be considering carbon frames, too? We have Trek locally, but I was looking for something less ubiquitous.
Steel should hold up fine if you take care of it.the bull
May 12, 2003 6:38 PM
Paint all chips, use frame saver, and clean off road grime once and awhile.The ti bike would be the way to go though.Nothing wrong with those Litespeeds great bike.Hell peel the stickers off the Litespeed that will make them wonder what you got!
Ride that Fuji into the ground!LC
May 12, 2003 10:14 PM
Most Ti built for someone at 5'8" will be too wippy for you. Carbon should be strong enough if you want it.

I think the Fuji will last longer than you will want it to unless you store the bike in a salt water bath every night. My oldest bikes are steel and they are my winter/rain bikes with no sign of rust. If you really need to get a new frame then stick with steel. The extra couple ounces won't mean much to you.