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Old 01-08-07, 06:52 PM   #1
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What road bike to buy

I have been a mountain biker for a long time and I am familiar with the parts and all for mountain bikes, but I am lost when it comes to road bikes. I don't ride trails much anymore so I want a road bike. I am 6' 225 and want something that has a lot of potential in the range of $500. Please help me in my quest to find a good road bike. Thanks guys.
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There's this!

http://cgi.ebay.com/BIANCHI-VELOCE-R...QQcmdZViewItem
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Nice bike, Tom. However, it says it has a standover height of 33 inches, which would make this a 59cm Veloce, which is probably a tad tall for a 6.0" Clyde. I'm 6-1" and ride a 57cm Bianchi with a standover of 31.0 inches. But I got my bike off of ebay, and as long as you are buying from a reputable seller, you can get a nice bike for a nice price.
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Nice bike, Tom. However, it says it has a standover height of 33 inches, which would make this a 59cm Veloce, which is probably a tad tall for a 6.0" Clyde. I'm 6-1" and ride a 57cm Bianchi with a standover of 31.0 inches. But I got my bike off of ebay, and as long as you are buying from a reputable seller, you can get a nice bike for a nice price.
That's actually the point I was trying to make as well as suggesting a line of bike. He is a mountainbiker, so should understand fit geometry already.
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Road bike.
Potential.
$500 price.

Pick two.
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A typical LBS road bike price range starts at around $500-$550. Lowest priced bikes on the floor of my two closests LBSs are $525 & $550.

So the options are department store bike, something from Bikesdirect, used, or slight bump up to bottom of line LBS bike.

I've seen a Schwinn LeTour down in the $575 range. And the Fuji Newest 4.0 for under $500, but that's a pretty striped down bike. The 3.0 is better but up around $600. Then there is the Trek 1000 that lists for $700, but my LBS sells it for $650.

If you know what size best fits you, and you can make your own fit adjustments, then I'd go used as $500 will get you a nice used bike.
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At $500 I would look for a used bike locally on CL or in the classifieds.
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Last month this ebay seller was listing a NOS LeMond Reno, Reynolds 525, at $450 BIN. In addition to this 57cm they had a 59cm. Nothing listed now, but they relist every so often. fwiw.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Lemond-Reno-NEW-...QQcmdZViewItem
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A typical LBS road bike price range starts at around $500-$550. Lowest priced bikes on the floor of my two closests LBSs are $525 & $550.

So the options are department store bike, something from Bikesdirect, used, or slight bump up to bottom of line LBS bike.

I've seen a Schwinn LeTour down in the $575 range. And the Fuji Newest 4.0 for under $500, but that's a pretty striped down bike. The 3.0 is better but up around $600. Then there is the Trek 1000 that lists for $700, but my LBS sells it for $650.

If you know what size best fits you, and you can make your own fit adjustments, then I'd go used as $500 will get you a nice used bike.
It's true that you aren't going to get a great new bike for $500 but there are some deals around. If you have a Performance nearby, they have an Iron Horse Triumph for $450. It's Sora level which isn't bad for less than $500. REI has the Novara Divano Bike for $630 with Tiagra components. If you have a Fuji dealer near, the Fuji Finest series are a fairly good value. The Finest 4.0 is around $500. The LeMond Etape looks pretty good for near $700.

Just look around and ride everything you can sit on.
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Not trying to hijack the thread, but I've been looking for info on the finest 4.0.
Last year's model had the down tube shifters but I can get it for around 350 for the LBS (which is the same price as the mtb i need to give back), I was just wondering what you thought of downtube shifters and the 2200 shimano drivetrain parts and derailleurs.

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Not trying to hijack the thread, but I've been looking for info on the finest 4.0.
Last year's model had the down tube shifters but I can get it for around 350 for the LBS (which is the same price as the mtb i need to give back), I was just wondering what you thought of downtube shifters and the 2200 shimano drivetrain parts and derailleurs.

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I actually prefer the DT shifters, but I'm a retrogrouch. I don't even use indexed shifting. I ride old lugged steel and love it.

Finest 4.0 is a sweet ride though and if I were looking at a new bike, that would be right there in the list I was looking at.
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Not trying to hijack the thread, but I've been looking for info on the finest 4.0.
Last year's model had the down tube shifters but I can get it for around 350 for the LBS (which is the same price as the mtb i need to give back), I was just wondering what you thought of downtube shifters and the 2200 shimano drivetrain parts and derailleurs.

Thanks!
If you are going to go for downtube shifters, I would buy a used bike from the period where that technology was at its height. 2200 is sub Sora level. You may be able to get a good used bike with a better quality frame and Camy or Sun Tour gear for similar (or better) price.
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If you are going to go for downtube shifters, I would buy a used bike from the period where that technology was at its height. 2200 is sub Sora level. You may be able to get a good used bike with a better quality frame and Camy or Sun Tour gear for similar (or better) price.
Agreed, that's why I ride vintage steel! Simplicity and function with a touch of elegance in the metalworking!
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