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New to road bikes, I'm a little overwhelmed...(9 posts)

New to road bikes, I'm a little overwhelmed...salz
Oct 14, 2003 5:09 PM
I've had a mountain bike for a long time, but given how much I actually end up riding on the road, I think it's time to get a road bike. I'm about 6'5" and 230-235 pounds. So far I've been very interested in the Jamis Quest, and maybe the Bianchi Giro, although the Bianchi would be the absolute limit as to what I would spend right now. I definitely don't need the latest and greatest, since I won't be racing anytime soon, but I push pretty hard and I love to go fast (in other words, I will sacrifice some comfort for speed). The Jamis Quest is right around what I would like to spend, and from what I've read seems like a great deal, but I just want to know what else there is to consider. Thanks for the help.
I probally would only say hi to you if you were on the Bianchi !the bull
Oct 14, 2003 5:50 PM
: ) nmthe bull
Oct 14, 2003 5:53 PM
careful with the sizing...Dorf411
Oct 14, 2003 6:08 PM
At your height which is 2 inches taller than myself you really have to work hard to get a non-custom bike to fit correctly. I am shorter than you and 63cm still leaves me with more post than what would be ideal but I can make it work with about 3-4" of drop to the bars. I am sure you will have a much more difficult time getting a good fit with the standard 62 or 63cm frame which is generally the big size for non-custom frames. You should seriously consider custom, many of which are fairly affordable like Landshark.

John
other choices...lyleseven
Oct 14, 2003 7:19 PM
Raleigh also puts a lot of bike under you for the money, similar to Jamis. Cheap custom is another way to go, but anyway you go custom you are looking at a minimum of $1500 with any decent components and wheels.
You can get a Rivendell Redwood for about $1500.lonebikeroftheapocalypse
Oct 15, 2003 5:44 AM
The Redwood is the tall version of the Romulus. It comes in 65 and 68cm sizes. Check it out. Plus when you really get into road biking and you get one of those Italian racers that you don't want to get wet you can slap fenders on this and make it your rain bike.

http://www.rivendellbicycles.com/html/bikes_romulusframes.html
Fuji Legacy Elite on bikesdirect.comOffTheBack
Oct 15, 2003 5:47 AM
Reynolds 853 steel frame, carbon fork, 105 group for $900, you can have some $ left over for shoes, shorts, etc. Good luck!
Both bikes are too small for you....misanthrope
Oct 16, 2003 8:03 AM
Both Jamis and Bianchi measure Center to Top (CtT) and the Top Tubes (TT) are probably too short for your reach.

Get measured (wrenchscience.com, bsn.com, or LBS)so at least you know what you're looking for CtC and TT. You probably need about a 63cm CtC which is about a 66cm CtT and a TT around 60cm - just a guess - no warranty.

Clydedales like us are pretty much limited when it comes to frames manufacturers. I found frames that fit me at Cannondale, Rivendale, Viner, Moots, Independent Fabrication and a few others. On the web sites you can compare their geometry versus your measurements.

You can pretty much rule out and mfgs that measure CtT - most of the ones at the LBS.

I'm 6'6" 220.
Fuji's 64cm (c-t) has a 61cm effective TT. (nm)TFerguson
Oct 16, 2003 11:55 AM