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Road Newbie(8 posts)

Road Newbiemtnnicoll
Jun 3, 2003 8:52 AM
I have been road riding on a slightly modified mountain bike for the past few months and am considering purchasing a road bike (don't tell my mountain bikin' buddies). Can anyone recommend a good bike that can get me into the sport and that I won't want to replace in a year and a half. I don't necessarily want to spend an arm and a leg since I am already spending way too much on my mountain bikes. I don't have any intentions of racing at this point. Mostly looking for a bike for training/entertainment. What should I be looking for. What level of components are advisable.
re: Road NewbieSteve_0
Jun 3, 2003 8:58 AM
Do not go above 105 components; 105 is the point of diminishing returns of value for cash, IMO.

The trek 2000 series is a great value. Even the 1000 will give years of good use (if they still make the 1000). I believe the cannondale r600 is comparable; rely on other posters to be sure of that, though.

Also, try thriftshops and the used bikes at the back of the LBS.
re: Road Newbietxcross
Jun 3, 2003 11:39 AM
You also might want to look at cyclocross bikes. I was in the same boat in the fall of last year. I wanted to start road riding but wasn't really sure I would enjoy it. I bought a cycloross bike because of it's versatility. Now I take it out on the trails once or twice a week. It has significantly improved my mountain bike handling skills, riding trails on a fully rigid bike with skinny tires really makes you appreciate your mountain bike.

As far as some to look at. Jamis Nova, Surly Crosscheck, Kona Jake the Snake and Redline Conquest. If you do some searching each of these can be found for less than $1000. Buy yourself a second set of road tires and your good to go. I also I been averaging at least one 75+ per month with weekly 50 mile rides and I find my cross bike to be very comfortable.

Good luck, and be careful. I've found that I am spending alot more time on the road than I am on the trails these days.
105 level parts are a good way to go- nmbenja15
Jun 3, 2003 6:22 PM
Need advice on RB selection.Groove
Jun 3, 2003 7:16 PM
Am looking at bikes with 105 parts. Need some advice, Fuji Robauix at $1,000, trek 2200 and lemond buenes aires at around $1,500. Differences appear to be in the frames, and rims. How are the Bontrager vs the Richey's? Is the Fuji a good deal? All are 2003 bikes.
Check out Steelnicholasdunford
Jun 3, 2003 11:47 PM
I am a road newbie also and recently converted. Test rode tons of bikes and have to say aluminum is really harsh. Consider steel with 105 components. The less harsh ride has really made a big difference as I get used to going long distances. Also if you really think you want to stay with it, spend the money to get something comfortable that fits well (that means test ride everything and get fit at your LBS), otherwise no matter how sweet the wheel set is you'll hate to get on it.
Second the steel - look for used Jamis or Lemond,BowWow
Jun 3, 2003 11:53 PM
Tiagra or 105 (not Sora) components. You should be able to get a nice bike for $500 - $600. But definitely get a steel frame. Aluminum at this price is way too harsh!

Good Luck! Post a photo when you buy!

Scattante CFR at Supergo!aarontoy
Jun 5, 2003 8:10 AM
I'm new to road riding and took the plunge about 4 months ago on my first serious road bike. My first one was an older Miyata. I started shopoping around and came upon the Scattante bikes that Supergo sells. The one I got is the CFR. Full carbon frame, carbon fork and steerer tube, carbon seatpost, selle Italia gel seat, Full Ultergra!, Shimano R540's and Vittoria Pro Team Kevlar tires. I haven't weighed the bike but it's listed at 17lbs minus pedals and add-ons. This bike is a rocket and is super comfy. I had the opportunity to visit a Supergo shop in Santa Monica during a business trip and sat on a bike to get a feel for the fit and geometry and bought it by phone about 6 weeks later. Price $1495, plus tax, packing and shipping, just under $1700. Man...I LOVE this bike! And no, I don't work for Supergo, I just bought my bike there. As far as I know, it's the only place you can buy these bikes.