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I need some help...(6 posts)

I need some help...tdubmtb
Dec 4, 2003 6:25 PM
Can anyone help me by giving their oppinion on the road bike that should purchase. I am new to the sport and probably will not race, but I will ride a great deal. I currently ride mountain bikes all the time but I have always wanted to try road riding. I now finally have some money to buy a road bike, but I don't know where to start looking at road bikes. All I do know is that I want a light weight bike (my MTB weighs around 24 lbs) with STI shifters. I will probably want to go with something that is new(er).
My MTB is top of the line so I know how high performance feels, I'm just concerned that I wont like the way the bike shifts, or rides, etc...
Can anyone give me a recomendation, with such little information?

--thank you
re: I need some help...wooglin
Dec 4, 2003 7:18 PM
"Can anyone give me a recomendation, with such little information?"

Not really. Your LBSs will be your best allies in this. I'd figure out what you've got to spend (not forgetting the accessories you'll have to have) and then ride everything you can get your hands on in that price range. Keep riding them until you start to feel what the differences are and what your preferences are. I'd also suggest riding some bikes a couple of price points above what you're looking for to get an idea of what "quality" feels like. Once you've done that, pick the bike that feels the best. And take your time.

Stpe 1 though is going to a couple or three shops and getting fit. Size matters in a road bike far more than on the trail.
Any recomendations???tdubmtb
Dec 4, 2003 8:02 PM
on companies that make good bikes?
or on components, etc...
Any recomendations???lyleseven
Dec 4, 2003 10:27 PM
There are so many, where would one start? Best advice, as above, ride a lot of the bikes. Don't rush into buying one until you have ridden at least a half dozen or more that are reasonable fits. Depending on how much money you want to spend makes a difference also. For production bikes, I like LeMond, Bianchi and Raleigh for under $2000, but the choices are huge! You will have a choice of Shimano (mostly) and Campy components. Both are good as long as you don't buy their low end crap. In Shimano, stay with 105 or above, with Campy, Centaur or above. Good hunting!
recomendationCrankist
Dec 5, 2003 9:11 AM
I don't know of anyone who regreted buying a LeMond Zurich.
It's a v. good all-rounder & affordable. A good bike to be riding while you learn to figure out if you want something different from a frame. I spent my first couple of years on one and will keep it though there's good re-sale value. Ask for the 'classic' version for 2004 which is all steel (no CF).
re: I need some help...DINOSAUR
Dec 5, 2003 10:18 AM
You might be better off starting with an aluminum or steel bike. Fit is very important. Middle of the road components such as Shimano Ultegra will work fine (my Ultegra group is still working on my 5 year old Klein). You can ride for a couple of years and see what you like/dislike about your current bike and go from there. If you find a reputable bike shop and have someone listen to you, you should have no problems. The problem is most LBS's (local bike shops) tend to just push bikes out the door and don't work with you on fitting. Finding a good frame and having the bike built up might be the way to go, as the stock bikes always don't fit when it comes to stems and such. Spend a lot of time and research bike fit, the important measurement is top tube length. Your LBS might offer a fitting service for free, or refundable if you buy a bike from them (mine was free, but I had to insist on a fitting as they usually don't provide one). If you are like most of us, you will ride for a couple of years and learn what you like and dislike and go from there. We all have different preferences and it comes down to what works for you, and a lot of that is based on experience (some good, some bad).
What I did was first narrow down my frame material, then component group, then wheeset, then saddle selection and so on. Then the sizing came in, which was the difficult part.