Buying a road Bike

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by Geoff, Mar 11, 2003.

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    I am changing from Mountain Bike to Road Bike. I thought the tech area would be a good place to ask,
    ...What bike am I looking for? I want to ride for performance. It will be my main source for
    exercise. I plan to work towards long distance rides. What am I looking for most other than fit?
    Could one of you tech.'s help me out please! What brand is considered best? What components, tires,
    wheel sets, I am lost!!!
     
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  2. geoff-<< I am changing from Mountain Bike to Road Bike. I thought the tech area would be a good
    place to ask, ...What bike am I looking for?

    << What am I looking for most other than fit?

    Good support from a bike shop. Real information, not marketing fluff.

    Fit is light years more important than materials, equipment, etc. The bike should disappear beneath
    you. The object of the ride is the ride, not the bike.

    << What brand is considered best? << What components, tires, wheel sets, I am lost!!!

    No bike anything is 'best' Go to a bike shop that will talk to you..not just try to sell ya
    something.

    Peter Chisholm Vecchio's Bicicletteria 1833 Pearl St. Boulder, CO, 80302
    (303)440-3535 http://www.vecchios.com "Ruote convenzionali costruite eccezionalmente bene"
     
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    In article <[email protected]>, Geoff <[email protected]> wrote:
    >I am changing from Mountain Bike to Road Bike. I thought the tech area would be a good place to
    >ask, ...What bike am I looking for? I want to ride for performance. It will be my main source for
    >exercise. I plan to work towards long distance rides. What am I looking for most other than fit?
    >Could one of you tech.'s help me out please! What brand is considered best? What components, tires,
    >wheel sets, I am lost!!!

    All the major brands have some very nice bikes. Prices tend to be very competitive, so the most
    important factors are good fit and good service from your shop. Your shop can help you with fit.

    If you're buying a complete bike, it will come with components that match the frame in quality.
    Don't try spec'ing individual components unless you really know what you want or you need sizes that
    are different from the stock components.

    Ken
     
  4. The biggest differences will be between different bike shops, not the bikes themselves. A good
    shop will listen to how you want to ride, perhaps open up your mind to some other possibilities
    as well, and try to come up with a solution that fits how *YOU* ride, rather than how the
    particular salesperson thinks everyone should ride. And, as others have mentioned, proper fit is
    a huge thing as well.

    Don't get too hung up over minute details regarding components. Once you get to the $900 level or
    so, you're dealing with stuff that works far better than the more-costly bikes from not all that
    many years ago. Even at $550 you can get a machine that will give you a lot of fun on the road.
    Whether it has Campagnolo or Shimano isn't all that relevant, except...

    The right bike is ideally a combination of things, of which fit & the service of the dealer are
    probably the most important, but one cannot leave out the other things that sometimes get people
    excited about riding. Could be the color of the bike, something I used to think was pretty darned
    silly, but y'know, if somebody wants to ride more because they like the flashy (or not) look of
    their machine, who cares? If it gets them out cycling, fine. Ultimately, the right bike is the
    one you can't stand to pass in the garage, because you want to ditch your responsibilities, jump
    on it and go.

    --Mike-- Chain Reaction Bicycles http://www.ChainReaction.com

    "Geoff" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > I am changing from Mountain Bike to Road Bike. I thought the tech area would be a good place to
    > ask, ...What bike am I looking for? I want to ride for performance. It will be my main source for
    > exercise. I plan to work towards long distance rides. What am I looking for most other than fit?
    > Could one of you tech.'s help me out please! What brand is considered best? What components,
    > tires, wheel sets, I am lost!!!
     
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