First road bike

Discussion in 'Bike buying advice' started by Steve F, Nov 22, 2006.

  1. Steve F

    Steve F New Member

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    I am a new entrant to this type of riding and could use some advice on choosing a bike. I'm young and fit, without money to burn, but I don't want to buy something that will need upgrading in a couple years (unless I somehow get really good). With other sports I've found that there are equipment makers that produce mostly or only junk but still have a dedicated following of people who think it is good gear. I feel like it would be better to buy something decent from a quality manufacturer and not have to upgrade so soon. I'm also considering buying a used bike, but I probably need to be better educated on what I am looking at to do that. I'm not opposed to upgrading parts as needed but I'd hate to find I'm unhappy with the bike in a year or two. Is $1500 a reasonable budget for a bike like this that would meet my needs for the first few years or should I be prepared to spend more? I'd be grateful for any suggestions, even if it's just to point me to things online that I should read.

    Steve

    EDIT: Perhaps I should explain what I plan to do with the bike. I expect that mostly I'll be riding hills for an hour or so, but I might change my mind on distance riding if I can find the time.
     
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    Steve F New Member

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    After looking around it appears that a decent starter bike is within my budget. A guy in a shop suggested trying to get into a carbon framed bike because it will ride more comfortably than aluminum. I would have expected that the desirability of carbon framing is for lightness and stiffness in competition bikes, and probably something that won't make a big difference for me.

    I assume if I want to have a nice bike later on, it might be better to buy one with a good frame and less expensive components and upgrade the components later on. I take good care of equipment that needs to be cared for, but I'm unsure of frame durability should I crash at some point.
     
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    Being new, I would not recommend buying used. The LBS would be your best bet. At the $1500 price point, I would recommend the carbon frame. As you mention, you can upgrade the components later. Most elect to upgrade the wheels first.

    Also, prices seem to drop in January. I would wait, as you should be able to get some good deals on the past years models.
     
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    I agree. I would be more concerned with the components on the bike than the frame itself. It always amazes me how people consider the frame on a bike 'the bike' itself, if you know what I mean.

    My suggestion would be to go with at least Campy Veloce group or Shimano 105, then start shopping for a bike with those components. Shifters and rear derailleur are a minimum that should be in that group range.

    Have fun.


     
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    Buy something really cheap as you will destroy it, being new to it all, but in the process you will learn what it is you want in a bike. Everyones different, and the reality is that no two people at the end of the day want the same thing.
     
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    . I'm also considering buying a used bike, but I probably need to be better educated on what I am looking at to do that.should read.

    I understand the wanting to buy a used bike. My first was a used DB. I just wanted to make sure I liked the sport. When you do buy one get what you really want. This past March I bought a bike I thought I really wanted. Six months later I bought the bike I really wanted. $1500 is more than enough to buy a very nice bike, especially this time of year.
     
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    coming from a person who is already window-shopping for his 3rd bike in the last 6 months, i have to say that, unless your budget is unlimited, there is no such thing as a good 1st bike that won't require upgrading within a couple of years.

    all kidding aside, if you're completely new to cycling (like i am), i'd recommend setting a $500 limit for your first bike. maybe i'm an exception to the rule...but when i go to the lbs, i'm just itching to upgrade again.

    if you're really dying to spend $1500, you can get an '06 specialized roubaix for that price. i really liked that bike. much more so than the allez.

    happy hunting.
     
  9. Steve F

    Steve F New Member

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    I appreciate all the input. After looking and asking around some more, I ended up with a Cannondale CAAD8 bike with Shimano 105 components (I don't think this one had any Ultegra parts) and Shimano F550 (something like that) wheels that was on sale for $1000. I'm more concerned about service than price, so I bought from a local shop that I like and treated me well. It might not be the perfect starter bike, but it fits me properly and the price was right, so I hope it will work for a while. Now I have to learn how to extricate myself from the pedals without eating it, and a whole bunch of other things.
     
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    I take that back. The derailleurs are both Ultegra, the rest appears to be 105. The wheels say R550, but I don't think I'd be fooling anyone if I pretended to know what that means.
     
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