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Purchasing my first road bike online(6 posts)

Purchasing my first road bike onlinegildomilo
Jun 21, 2003 3:22 PM
I posted a couple messages last week about touring bikes, and I would like to thank everyone for their help. I'm looking to get a bike to do road riding with. Right now I have an old junk mountain bike that is a 19" frame. I'm looking to get a road bike and was fitted to a 58cm Fuji by a local shop. The guy there is great, and is a certified fitter. I'm thinking that I may want to go with a higher end bike then a fuji, and build the bike up myself. Does anyone have any reccomendations as to how to choose the proper bike size online? All 58cm bikes are not the same as far as geometry, so I was wondering how I could figure out what size bike to purchase.
Thanks,
Gil
re: Purchasing my first road bike onlinerussw19
Jun 21, 2003 4:28 PM
If the guy properly fitted you to a Fuji, look up their website and print out their geometry chart. Then compare that to the geometry of the other bikes you look at and you have a point of reference to what you know already fits you.

Russ
re: Purchasing my first road bike onlinejtolleson
Jun 21, 2003 5:02 PM
Also, for a first road bike there's plenty of nice options in the Fuji line so I wouldn't necessarily fixate on getting something "higher end than Fuji."
re: Purchasing my first road bike onlinegildomilo
Jun 21, 2003 5:48 PM
I just meant as far as touring bikes go. My friend has over 6000 miles on his Fuji Touring with no problems at all. So I don't know why I would want something else, but i'm interested in Bianchi's for some unknown reason.
-Gil
re: Purchasing my first road bike onlinezooog
Jun 22, 2003 1:42 AM
Since this is your 1st road bike maybe it would be best for you to buy from LBS. Unless your buying a custome frame the price difference will not be great enough to make that much of a difference. Bianchi's can be found many places. This will also allow you to test ride all and any bike you want. Good luck.
Never underestimate the importance of a test ride.cydswipe
Jun 22, 2003 4:46 AM
Your first road bike should be a great fit. IMHO you should test ride as many bikes/geometries as possible. Internet deals are good sometimes. A great deal on-line could be a great bike collecting dust in the garage because it's too uncomfortable to ride. Yeah, you can adjust stems etc. to help out. But, I would rather spend the money on the fit up front than tinker with it later. Fuji's are good bikes. Test ride a bunch! Remember, it's your hard earned dollar. Don't rush into a bike you aren't certain you'll love to ride.
Good Luck, post pics of the new ride when it comes time!!