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road bike recommendations
« on: September 10, 2008, 08:16:10 PM »
ok, first of all, if you only want to make anti-roadie comments or jokes, don't bother...

i'd like to buy a road bike.  I'd like to spend around ~$1500, before shoes, etc.  my knowledge of road bike components and frames is minimal.  i am 6 foot 2 and weigh ~150lbs.  i'd like to do some centuries and general kinds of long-distance training, but really who knows what i'll end up doing. 

i'm going to some LBSes tomorrow to look around and would like to get some informed opinions/recommendations from mteb-ers that also ride road.

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Re: road bike recommendations
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2008, 08:46:37 PM »
Mike call me

I got a LBS with a road bike hook up.

I got a pinarello w/campy for $1800

I will introduce you to the owner and he will hook you up with a sweet ride.

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Re: road bike recommendations
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2008, 08:55:31 PM »
First be comfortable on the bike. Be sure you get fitted.  From there componenets rating are pretty much the same as MTB.  For 1500 you can get a really good bike. I spent 1000 on mine and it's great, aluminim frame with carbon fork, and good components. There are plenty out there just like a mountain bike it comes down to comfort and what YOU like. welcome to the dark side!!
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Re: road bike recommendations
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2008, 08:31:19 AM »
I don't know enough about them to make any recommendations but, a month or so ago when my son bought his MTB, the LBS was telling us the 2009 bikes were already out.  Might be some good deals on the 2008's soon.
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Re: road bike recommendations
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2008, 08:44:36 AM »
my knowledge of road bike components and frames is minimal.
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Re: road bike recommendations
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2008, 12:45:27 PM »
Same as mt. bike shopping, test out as many bikes as you can (even if they're outta your price range). Find yourself an aluminum bike, bike w. just a  couple carbon components (fork), full carbon bike, etc. Check em out and see how they feel and ride.

Definitely look for an LBS that gives you a good fitting as that's key.

I'm partial to bianchi, pinarello, and orbea but that's cause I like having a different bike than everybody else. hehe.

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Re: road bike recommendations
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2008, 01:36:29 PM »
here is a nice used carbon frame in a 60 cm

http://tampa.craigslist.org/psc/bik/836315341.html

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Re: road bike recommendations
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2008, 05:23:52 PM »
You should be able to get an aluminum frame with carbon stays for that kind of money.  With at least 105(LX) componentry maybe some Ultegra(XT) in there as well.  Size wise w/o seeing you probably a 60cm or maybe a 62cm.  Finding a bike on craigslist may be your better bet more bike for your bike, but your lbs gives you a the service that you are going to be wanting in getting your first road bike i.e. fitting service plans, warranties, you know!!!
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Re: road bike recommendations
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2008, 07:42:36 PM »
You should be able to get an aluminum frame with carbon stays for that kind of money. 

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that is what my pinarelo is and it rides very smooth and is just the right amount of stiff. 

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Re: road bike recommendations
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2008, 08:09:42 PM »
i bought one today

2007 masi 3VC full carbon
105 shifters/brakes/front der
ultegra rear der
cool shimano wheels with funny looking spokes

just got back from doing laps around davis islands

i just got a lot faster...
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Re: road bike recommendations
« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2008, 08:39:17 PM »
OH NO :o Somebodies getting faster :)

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Re: road bike recommendations
« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2008, 10:09:32 PM »
first of all, thanks to all who responded to my plea for help!

hopefully this will allow me to ride more during the week.  with school and a new job i don't have the free time i used to have to ride the mtb. 

first impressions: 
going to have to work on getting the hang of the shifters, and the pedals, and the brakes.
goes really fast - way too fast for sidewalks
much more aesthetically pleasing than a mountain bike, but maybe it's just the CF...

pic attached - no comments about the bad gear combo :P  i will take better ones tomorrow!
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Re: road bike recommendations
« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2008, 10:28:47 PM »
Very Sexy :) I am getting the bug.

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Re: road bike recommendations
« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2008, 10:36:14 PM »
going to have to work on getting the hang of the shifters, and the pedals, and the brakes.

you have not used those before?

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Re: road bike recommendations
« Reply #14 on: September 11, 2008, 11:21:09 PM »
going to have to work on getting the hang of the shifters, and the pedals, and the brakes.

you have not used those before?

funny.  they are different on the road bike.
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