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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-09-2009, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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Road Bikes for Beginners

Hey guys,

I posted in another thread, but figured I could use a new one.

I recently purchased a road bike for my wife so she could go riding with her classmates in between study group and pharm. tests

While shopping, I became a little intrigued with the idea - and everyone who knows me says I'll really enjoy the thrill of it. I hate running, but I'm pretty sure I could get into cycling.

With that said, I'm looking for a good beginners road bike. I have stumbled upon a few reviews, but would like some experienced riders opinions.

- Is an aluminum frame with carbon fork sufficient for a beginner?
- Is there a certain style of bike that is better for a certain body style?
- What should I look at on bikes if I am buying used? Common wear points, etc.
- Is there a good online classfied somewhere?

Thanks in advance,
Shawn

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Aluminum frame and carbon fork are fine for a beginner. I bought a brand new Specialized allez last year that has a carbon fork and alum. frame and I love it. As far as what to look for used, I'd say look at the cassette and derailleurs. Check for wear on the teeth of the cassette and gears. As for the derailleurs, make sure they're not bent in any way. If they are, it's pretty much fucked.

Some bike shops will take your measurements to see what type of frame works best for you, so see what they tell you. It never hurts to ask for advice. That always helps the most in terms of comfortable riding positions.

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There is a Specialized Allez fairly local to me, used - 2004 model.

Is there any advantage on the newer bikes, technologically, when compared to the 2004 model?

The guys is asking $325 and it is the height that was recommended for me.

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That is a nice bike for a beginner, I have ridden on before and it was pretty nice. I don't think to much has changed between 2004 and now. aluminum frame is fine for a beginner, just don't plan on any speed records with one. I was amazed how much faster I was when ridding a full carbon bike. that said I still ride an aluminum framed bike, but mainly because the bike I want now is around 3 grand.

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The Specialized Allez would be a great choice. On a beginner bike like that the frame and fork are the same for the most part. Where you get the price increase is the difference in the components. A Specialized Allez double or triple would be fine for a beginner though.

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Just found out that the Specialized Allez is sold.

there is a Fuji Finest AL for $300 (but may be too large)
http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/bik/1026568873.html

and also a Trek 1500 for $600
(also may be too large at 56)
http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/bik/1010486010.html

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I'm an avid mtn biker. I just started glancing at road bikes recently and the Allez seems to be pretty good bang for the buck. Whatever bike will get you out of the house and riding is the best one though. Go to the local bike shop and try a few on for size. In my findings, the Specialized Allez (various models) and the Trek 1.2 and 2.1 seeem to be pretty decent. Good luck.
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