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In search of my first real road bike - need help/advice(4 posts)

In search of my first real road bike - need help/adviceCTRider
Jul 8, 2003 7:07 AM
I recently sold my house and I'm now an apartment dweller, so I have some proceeds from the sale of the house (long story on the house sale, apartment thing) and I was thinking of putting some of it towards a road or cyclocross bike or one of those new rigs that look like a road bike, but utilize flat bars etc. etc.
The reason being is that I could utilize the road bike to just ride from my apartment and I could get my legs and lungs in better condition for the trails (I'm primarily a mountain biker right now). Lately I've been riding with some guys with mad skills and I want to be able to at least keep up with their pace and eventually their skill level. But in order to do so I need to get in better shape.

I currently have an old 80s era Univega road bike that I bought as NOS over the winter for $170 and I like it for treks to the convenience store and winter riding, but it just won't cut it for longer training type rides.

What would you guys recommend in terms of a road oriented rig that would primarily be used for training rides and perhaps a few charity road rides/treks etc?

Can I get anything decent for around a Grand, or better yet, perhaps even a little less?

Any suggestions, recommendations,and or advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance!

You might want to...NatC
Jul 8, 2003 8:00 AM
post over on, since you're primarily a mountain biker. Just kidding Mark.

(get the Douglas!)
LOL! I'm actually getting some good replies there!CTRider
Jul 8, 2003 8:22 AM
I hope some people here chime in with help too. I could use it! ;-)

it should be easy to get in the game for a grandbigrider
Jul 8, 2003 9:05 AM
Pick one of the three

no name frame w/ultegra new
name frame w/105 new
great frame w/ ultegra used

Some suggestions for a 1000 bike new with ultegra

supergo scattante 853
iron horse

The list goes on but you can get aluminum or steel with ultegra for around 1000. I would recommend the steel in this price range unless you are young and your back can take the pain of a low priced aluminum frame. You could also get an epx 303 with tiagra (carbon frame) for around a grand.