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New rider looking for affordable quality bike(5 posts)

New rider looking for affordable quality bikeHitpuree
Jul 15, 2003 10:00 AM
Hi,
I am looking at buying a road bike for around $500 on ebay. Since I'm new to cycling, I'm not sure what brands are good, or what bikes would be a good deal at this price. I was just wondering if someone would have any advice or suggestions on a solid bike that would be good for someone starting off, yet not too expensive. Also, I will be using this bike mainly in Virginia around the Shenendoah Valley area, so if anyone knows of good bike routes around that area (skyline drive, etc.) please let me know. I appreciate your help.

Thanks

Dave
skip ebay... perhaps others know... Tomasso?MrDan
Jul 15, 2003 7:11 PM
The Tommasso Sicilian at getawaybikes.com is more than 500, but I don't think it can be beat. I have no experience "in person" with this bike, but if you KNOW your fitting this is probably a good bet. I believe it's a Reynolds 531 welded frame. Anyone care to chime in?
-D
skip ebay... perhaps others know... Tomasso?Hitpuree
Jul 16, 2003 7:56 AM
Thank you for your help. I checked out the Sicilian and it looks like a really nice bike, but it still might be a little too expensive for me. What do you think about the following two bikes, and which one would do you think is a better deal:

Tommasso Capri 2003:
http://www.getawaybikes.com/Detail.cfm?Categoryid=33&BrandID=9&ProductID=1000&CFID=2792715&CFTOKEN=60876277

Iron Horse Triumph 2003:
http://www.getawaybikes.com/Detail.cfm?Categoryid=33&BrandID=11&ProductID=839&CFID=2792715&CFTOKEN=60876277

thanks

Dave
skip ebay... perhaps others know... Tomasso?Fender
Jul 16, 2003 9:05 AM
At this price point you can't go wrong with either one. Both have near identical geometries and te same components, other than a carbon fork for the Iron Horse vs. a cromoly for the Tommasso. The Tomasso also has clipless pedals, thus you'll be needing to buy cycling shoes (add ~$40 for entry level shoes). At this price point I would go for the one colors you like best.

One recommendation, buy new tires for it. Something like Michelins or Continentals to avoid flats. A bit pricy, but well worth it.

Enjoy the ride!!!
skip ebay... perhaps others know... Tomasso?MrDan
Jul 16, 2003 12:29 PM
I think the Iron horse may be a better choice since these are both aluminium frames, and the Iron Horse has the fiber fork to smooth things out a bit.

Good luck,
-D