General Cycling Discussion - best $800 bike?
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08-13-09, 03:04 PM
Just learned my company will reimburse up to $800 for a bike, would greatly value any recommendations in this rough price range. This would be for road cycling, and I'm a beginner--20 miles is a long ride for me.
It's a "use it or lose it" benefit for this year, so there's no reason not to spend the entire $800 :)
08-13-09, 04:27 PM
First tell us what company this is and whether they're hiring, then we'll help you with the bike.
08-13-09, 04:53 PM
Those new Masi Caffe* bikes are quite nice and get good ratings. And the Raleigh Clubman just got a good review in bicycletimesmag.com
Both are close to your price-range.
I'm sure a bunch of folks will arrive and toss out many others. These are the two I've read very good reviews of that are in the $$ ballpark.
* - Seems the one's from last year had dropbars. Now they come with flat handlebars. Hunt around for old stock, maybe.
1 - http://earlsbikes.com/itemdetails.cfm?libid=52734
08-13-09, 06:31 PM
Unless you are a roadie, Trek 7500. bk
08-14-09, 12:01 AM
The one at your LBS that you like after you ride several. :)
08-14-09, 11:27 AM
A Specialized Sequoia:
It's an "endurance" road bike. That means it's still a road bike with curly handlebars (doesn't put you in a position like a kite into the wind on windy days like an upright handlebar bike can, and the curly bars are easier on your hands for longer rides) but it has a more upright riding position (so you aren't leaned far over) and more relaxed geometry (the handling is more stable).
If you're more of a "Type A" personality who's always just like "go go go" I'd probably go with a more racey bike like a Specialized Allez, but I think for most beginner road bikers an "endurance" road bike is the option they'd be the happiest with.
P.S. I agree with the previous poster, though - I'm making a "try out this bike" suggestion, but you should definitely test ride several and go with the one that you like the most. :-)
08-16-09, 05:05 PM
OK as Hexenmiester said whom do you work for and are they hiring?
if my employer was going to give me $800 towards a bike my first choice would a Bianchi Pista or San Jose.
but then again just go ride a few. it is real hard to find a "bad" bike these days especially at the price. do not get too hung up on this derailluer or that crank. just find one you like after trying a few.
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