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First New Road bike - I Need lots of HELP!!(6 posts)

First New Road bike - I Need lots of HELP!!twowheelMarc
Jul 11, 2003 12:03 PM
I am looking to buy a new/used road bike. I am going to use the bike to get back into shape and probably work my way up into some amateur racing eventually. I am not looking for the fastest and lightest thing out there because quite frankly I can't afford it, hell some of the bikes are more than I paid for one of my motorcycles.

I have been trying to do some research on bikes, prices quality etc. I am looking at bikes like the Trek 1000, Cannondale 400 or 800, I have also been looked at the Tommaso bikes or maybe a used Bianchi but I am lost at the moment. I don't know which manufacturers (and there are a ton of them) are better than the others or which components are better than others.

I am looking for a bike that is relatively light and fast and I can ride all day - basically the best performance bike for the money - oh yeah money I'd like to stay in the $700 range (I know I'm a cheap bastard) which I have been looking at used bikes.

ALL RECCOMENDATIONS WELCOMED!!!!!

PLEASE HELP!!!!!
re: First New Road bike - I Need lots of HELP!!raboboy
Jul 11, 2003 12:44 PM
go to a few local bike shops (LBS) and take some test rides, take at least a half hour on each bike to get a good feel. Then get fit, find out what sizes work best for you. Fit is the most important aspect. All of those manufacturers make fine rides. SO, once you find out what sizes you would need for each bike, you have the choice of either buying a new, lower end model (probably with Sora or tiagra components) or you could try shopping for a used one in your size with better parts. This 2nd option might take a little more time.
That is up to you.
re: First New Road bike - I Need lots of HELP!!jtolleson
Jul 11, 2003 1:06 PM
Folks get paralyzed when they go to buy a new bike because they are afraid of making a mistake. The ONLY real mistake is buying a bike that doesn't fit.

At a given price point, there is rarely a huge difference in frames. You can get steel or aluminum (both have their fans, no right or wrong there) in the sub $1500 market. Those are the options.

Components are easy to get a GENERAL handle on because as you move up the food chain, you get a little nicer finish, some say better durability (but you'll probably get a different bike before you wear out an entire drive train).

Shimano components from bottom to top go Sora, Tiagra, Shimano 105, Ultegra, and Dura Ace.

80% of the bikes at the price point you are shopping will be Shimano-equipped.
Used??? (nm)Alexx
Jul 12, 2003 11:17 AM
re: First New Road bike - I Need lots of HELP!!jschwarz
Jul 12, 2003 7:09 PM
Here's my 2 cents. I was in the same situation as you about 2 months ago. I looked at a lot of bikes (low end Trek, Specialized, Giant etc.). I ended up purchasing the 2002 Tommaso Capri from Getaway Bikes. I had test riden both the Trek and Specialized and wasn't completely happy. I took a chance ordering the Tommaso online simply because the components were basically the same and the bike was almost $200 less expensive. Although I had some problems with Getaway Bikes, since I got the bike I have been extremely happy with it. I can stress like everyone else that fit is important. I spent a lot of time researching what size suited me the best before ordering online. I generally ride 3-4 times a week at 20 miles a ride and the bike has suited me great!
re: First New Road bike - I Need lots of HELP!!shokhead
Jul 13, 2003 2:24 PM
Research all you can but buying without riding is risky.