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Noob Question......vertigo411
Sep 21, 2003 5:53 PM
'Sup all,

I'm an mtb'er whose been dipping into a little road riding. The problem is that I'm on a 15 year old Panasonic. It's heavy, it's got steel rims, and only ten speeds. I don't mean to complain, I can get it moving well enough, but the lack of decent accl and dccl on this bike has got me out of my mind. I feel like I'm rinding a train.

Any suggestions for an entry level bike? Now I'm a student with a budget, and most of my bike money goes to the mtb gear. So, lets try and keep it under $500. Also, I don't neccessarily need an '03. If anybody knows of a good '00 or '01 model that I might try and pick up second hand that would be good, too. This way I can walk away with a $1000 bike under my $500 budget.


P.S. If I see 'Trek 5500' anywhere, I'm not even gonna read the post. I know that frame is perfect but..... waaaayyyy out of my money range.
my adviceSteve_0
Sep 22, 2003 4:06 AM
Keep what you've got.

1. Nothing beats hangin with the big'dogs on an 'old' bike with 'just' 10 speeds. It's mostly the motor.

2. As much as I regularly espouse the fact that noone needs to spend even 1/2 of 2 grand on a capable bike, 500 is really gonna be a challenge.

3. I can think of a lot better uses of 5 bills for a college kid (who already has a bike).

You'll havey plenty of dough in 1-3 years (what class are you in?), and you'll have a much better idea of what you want.

Go to Europe instead. Or better yet, HFH.
my advicevertigo411
Sep 22, 2003 4:20 AM
Go to Europe, huh? Well, I'm gonna be at Oxford for the next year. Should I look into picking up a bike there?

Also, if I hold onto this one I HAVE to get a new set a rims. I don't need anything ultra light. I'm a big rider 190lbs, so I need something sturdy. Any thoughts?

If you're gonna be in UK....Steve_0
Sep 22, 2003 4:31 AM
DEFINATELY dont get a bike now. You should spend your money/weekends trippin to Europe.

Yeah, I'd probably pick up a beater in the UK for putzing around Eng/France. Sell it or leave it when you come home.

If you're intent on a set of rims, I'd consider getting a Fixed hub and converting your Pany to a FG or SS. The bike will feel like that high-peformance bike you want, you'll become a stronger/faster rider. Zero maintenance. Definate campus all-purpose material with zero worries.
IMHO, you will have to go used...TFerguson
Sep 22, 2003 4:06 AM
to get under $500 and then you better know what your looking for. Best advice, I think, would be to find a used mainstream model with 105 components.