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Am I about to make a huge mistake (bike question)(3 posts)

Am I about to make a huge mistake (bike question)Fatnslow
Jun 22, 2003 8:05 PM
I am planning on making my first foray into the road bike scene and I need a little advice.

I want to buy a bike, and getaway bikes (www.getawaybikes.com) has one on sale right now that seems to be a pretty good deal, but, being unfamiliar with this side of the sport, I need to know if its a decent bike.

The bike is a Tommaso S1. It has a Reynolds 853 frame and an Ultegra gruppo. It also comes equipped with a Selle Italia Trimatic 2 saddle, carbon seat post, carbon fork, shimano 540 wheelset all for $1,199.00.

My questions are:

1. Is that a decent bike for a beginner.

2. Will it handle my generous (okay...massive) frame. I weigh about 275 pounds.

Thaks in advance for y'all's advice.
re: Am I about to make a huge mistake (bike question)Learux
Jun 22, 2003 9:52 PM
I suggest you go to a well equipped bike store. You'll probably end up paying a little more. But you ll get good advice. Go to at least three stores, browse around and wait for them to come to you. At first act semi interested and if they are still helpfull you know you found the right place.

Escpecially for your first bike it is important to get one that fits well!!

Learux
I second the advice of Don't mail order your first road bikebigrider
Jun 23, 2003 5:50 AM
If you are not sure about fit and you have good, knowledgable bike stores around where you live, I would visit them and try out some bikes and see what you like. The bike sounds like a decent deal but not a steal, they have similar prices on several websites. I think the steel will be a comfortable ride and will last. If you gotta pay 300 more at a bike shop for the same level and they fit you well and give you solid advice then it is worth the money. Just be aware, they are out to sell the bikes they carry so be careful about biased advice. That is why it is worth looking at several different stores and increasing your knowledge of fit and comfort. If you go threadless don't let them cut the steerer tube short, just stack spacers until you are sure you can ride distances without feeling pain induced by positioning.

I don't think the wheels 540s will hold up for you. I busted a spoke on a pair after 500 miles and sold them to a skinny guy. But most mail orders won't sub wheelsets. If you have a choice go with a 36 spoke 3cross brass nipple semi-aero wheel like CXP 33s.