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Newbie bike help(2 posts)

Newbie bike helpBen S
Aug 15, 2003 12:11 PM
I have enjoyed mountain biking for the past several years, and would like to try road biking for fun, fitness, etc. I am having a hard time deciding on the "right" bike for me. I have ruled out Sora-level bikes, and am looking at Tiagra and 105 group levels. I had short test rides on the Giant OCR 1, and the new OCR 2. The OCR 2 has 105 rear der. rest is Tiagra, and carbon forks for about $860, which appears to be a good bike for good value. Today at my LBS, I found a Jamis Quest (2001), which has only been ridden 10 times and looks it - very clean and good condition. I am going to take a test ride next week. The Quest is steel frame with steel forks, but has a complete 105 drivetrain for $1,000. I want to make sure that I'll be able to use the bike for several years to come, even if I really enjoy road riding - I don't want to outgrow the bike in a matter of months. Any comments would be appreciated.
re: Newbie bike helpCaseysdad
Aug 15, 2003 12:32 PM
The best thing that you can do to insure long-term usability and comfort is to make sure that you get a frame that fits you optimally. Components can be swapped out if they're not doing it for you, but a good frame fit can make or break your road riding experience.

Your LBS should be able to guide you through the sizing process, but not every dealer will take the time to do so. Especially if you're considering a used bike. If you have to, shop around at other local shops until you find one that will give you more than just a, "Yeah, that looks about right." Trust me, investing the extra time to get a good fit on your frame is the single best way to guarantee an enjoyable riding experience over the long haul.