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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-22-2010, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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Road bike riders - opinions please...

I'm looking into road riding. I've been mountain biking on and off for about 4 years now, nothing serious. Here recently I've been riding my mountain bike on the road and it just seems a little to heavy for the road. With that said, I'm wanting to buy used for now, that way I can hopefully find a good deal on a bike with better components, and so I can get all the rookie adjustments out of the way before buying a new, more expensive bike. I'd like to eventually try my hand at Triathlons, I'm a runner now, but have decided to go with a road bike, as opposed to a Tri/TT bike. I came across these two bikes on Craigslist and was wondering if someone could give their opinion on the 2 and let me know if the price is worth it for an entry level bike.

This guy is willing to let it go for $800...
http://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/bik/1856216165.html

Or...

http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/bik/1856204619.html

Also, I'm not looking to break records with future Tri's, just doing it for the fun, health and accomplishment.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-22-2010, 01:24 PM
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If you know the frame size is right, then I would go and look at both and see if the will let you test ride them down the street. The first one is older so the components may be the same grade as on the newer bike. Just going by the pic I would go with the Cannondale looks like it has been on that wall for most of its life and both the up shift and down shift levers are on the brake handle which I like more than down shifting with my thumb. Also if you are going to be riding in chip seal roads look at carbon forks, seat post, and bars, and go to a 25mm tire this will help a ton with the vibrations from the road, check ebay for these items much cheaper than stores. But both would be good enrty level bike. Josh
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I'm pretty sure the frame is right, I have never tested a road bike, but according to most charts, for my height, that is what I need.

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The first bike has 105 and ultegra stuff. I would go that way. Just a little nicer bike. I would go to a LBS and get fitted, make sure that size works for you, also once you get the bike pay for a good fitting so they can set everything up rigth for you. The better the fit the more comfortable the ride. You will be much happier especially when you start ridding long 50+ distances.
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I'm pretty sure the frame is right, I have never tested a road bike, but according to most charts, for my height, that is what I need.
I would definatly go sit on one, not all bikes are built the same, even though the chart says it should fit, it may not be comfortable to you. Both those bikes have a pretty relaxed riding position though.
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The first bike has 105 and ultegra stuff. I would go that way. Just a little nicer bike. I would go to a LBS and get fitted, make sure that size works for you, also once you get the bike pay for a good fitting so they can set everything up rigth for you. The better the fit the more comfortable the ride. You will be much happier especially when you start ridding long 50+ distances.
Yeah, I think I'm going to just save my coins and buy new for that very reason. I plan on riding a lot, and might as well get something fitted to me.

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Remember that stiffer frames (like a 'Dale) are great for sprinting and climbing, but not as comfortable as a good steel or carbon frame on longer rides. The number 1 issue is a proper fit.

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Just like cars buy a new one after the next years roll out. I bought my Cannondale six 5 for $1200 retail was $1800. But def do some e-net shopping narrow it down to a couple models per brand call around find them get fitted and test ride each bike. When you buy the bike have them fit the bike to you stem length, seat, seat hight, handle bars, most shops will give you a credit for the new take off items towards the new parts.
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