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>>mtnbiker Wants to Hit the Road(6 posts)

>>mtnbiker Wants to Hit the Roadbhensal
Jan 23, 2004 9:23 AM
Hello all, I've been on the trails for the last 8 years and would love to hit the asphalt. I have no idea where to begin. Please help........
- I'm about 6'0 180 with shorter legs.
- Hand built custom bikes or manufactured?
- Components?
- Price range about $1,000
- Live in Arlington, Va (where to go?)

Keep in mind I may hate the road, so I don't want to go out and throw down 2 or 3 grand, but I would like to at least have a decent bike to start.

Please, please, any suggestions.

Thanks so much!
Go usedAFred
Jan 23, 2004 9:37 AM
For a grand, you're not going to get anywhere near a new bike in the brands you mentioned, no less custom. You should go to a shop and get fit, then test ride bikes with different frame materials (although at $1000 you're gonna be limited mostly to steel and aluminum). With that info check classifieds and local shops for used bikes that fit the bill. I'd avoid Ebay until you know exactly what you're after and even then you need to beware of scams. You should focus on getting a quality frame and decent wheels. If you like the road, you can always upgrade the components. There are some good deals to be had online from places like BikesDirect and Bicycle Blowout. Good luck.
AFred: Questionbhensal
Jan 23, 2004 1:25 PM

Local Bike shop has the following:

'03 Giant OCR 1

Original: $1,049.99 Closeout: $949.99

"Giant's OCR 1 is quick, comfortable and dependable! It features a lightweight aluminum frame and Giant's Compact Road design with relaxed geometry and a great fit. A Shimano 105 parts group with triple chainrings provides the gearing you need for long climbs, rolling terrain, killer headwinds and everything else. Top it all off with Mavic rims, Michelin tires and Shimano clipless pedals and the OCR 1 is ready for some serious mileage."

Thoughts? And by the way, thanks so much for your input!
Sounds goodAFred
Jan 23, 2004 2:21 PM
I just received a TCR Composite as a gift and I am impressed with the feel of Giant's compact geometry. I've never ridden the OCR, but expect that it's a stiff frame. The OCR has been around forever and generally gets good reviews on this site. Compact aluminum can be a bit harsh so you should test ride it (most aluminum bikes in this price range are going to have the same feel). A carbon fork may smooth out the ride a bit (I suspect that it comes with an aluminum fork).

There's nothing wrong with this package. Shimano is good entry level group. Not the crispest shifting around, but solid performance. I expect that the wheels are CXPs. Maybe the shop will upgrade them to Open Pro's which are excellent training wheels and bit smoother/lighter than CXPs.

If you like the ride as compared to others in the same range then it's a good deal. As far as I know, Giant has a good rep. Best of luck. Once you become a giant of the road it's hard to go back to the dirt.
Don't forgetwooglin
Jan 23, 2004 6:45 PM
like the fredly guy in the Bermuda shorts said, fit is critical in a road bike. You won't be moving around as much as on dirt. The best price in the world sucks if the bike doesn't fit (that's a pretty good deal on the Giant btw). Maybe go to another shop and get a fitting on another bike there as well for comparison.
I was in your shoesdgangi
Jan 23, 2004 8:50 PM
I was in your shoes back in September -- being an avid MTB junkie for the past decade I decided to try my hand at a road bike (still love the MTB, though). My price limit was the same as yours - $1000.

I tried to go the "used bike" route but had no luck. I needed a smallish frame size and there was nothing to be found in my local classifieds. And purchasing a used bike from an eBay ad scared me. So I decided to buy new.

After doing a lot of research I settled in on a Fuji Team. I purchased the bike from an LBS (Cycle Spectrum) and found out that they are affiliated with (big on-line reseller of bikes). For $995 I got a very nice bike -- full Shimano Ultegra drivetrain and brakes (think XT), Ritchey Pro wheelset (light, aero, and comfortable), full Ritchey cockpit, and a very responsive aluminum frame. The bike is very light - 16.7 pounds - yet it rides very nicely.

So far I have over 1000 miles on the bike and I am very satisfied with my decision. The nice thing is that this bike is "good enough" so I am not wanting to upgrade anything on it. Had I purchased a cheaper bike I can see that I would be unhappy today because I would want to upgrade the components.

I don't know if there is a Cycle Spectrum in the Arlington area. If not you can always consider purchasing the bike online. Or check with Fuji and see if they have a local dealer.

Good luck!