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    Good Starter Road Bike?

    Hi, all.

    Does anybody know of a budget road bike that is good a beginner (preferably a Trek)?

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    Most manufacturers make decent entry level road bikes.
    You could check out a Jamis. Good value.
    I would try to keep an open mind and not just pick a certain manufacturer.
    Anyhow, due to the similarities from manufacturer to manufacturer I would be more concerned with finding a decent LBS with a good fitter.

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    A subject with Wide Open written all over it.

    You can get a great bike on your local CraigsList for under two-hundred bucks almost everyday. When you buy new, remember that within a couple of weeks, you'll be swapping out parts and buying stuff for it anyway. Virtually everyone does this. So, you may be better off with a good quality older bike that you can learn on.

    The '95 Scott road bike in my sig cost me $175. I put a B17 (I could have just swapped one of my others) on it as well as new tubes and tires for an additional $150. Some might say that's too much, but it's in mint condition, and works as well as my then new '06 Specialized Sequoia Elite - which cost me $1000. The mental anquish that has resulted from Why I Spent That is, well, mental anquish. Especially since I know I can't get $750 for the Sequoia now. In five years, the Scott will still fetch $100. Again I say, the used market is the way to go for beginners. That Scott is a steel bike with Shimano RSX components throughout - hardly the choice of upper end buyers. Yet, it is reasonably light at 24lbs. and very fast with crisp handling. In short, it has all the characteristics of a more expensive bicycle, except in the weight. Still, on flat ground I can maintain a steady 22-24mph for up to 4 miles along the river road.

    Bottom line is:
    I ride with guys of almost all levels, excluding maybe the very top club types who are truly amazing. In our group there is every type of road bike you can imagine. We cruise in the 17 to 21 mph range in comfort, with no body losing ground because they aren't on a New Bike. Just some food for thouight...
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    Trek, Specialized, Giant, KHS, and other companies sell very good road bikes in the $600 to $800 price range. The less experience you have with road bikes, the more important the quality of the shop you buy from.

    Spend a few hours visiting the four or five shops closest to your home. Get suggestions on selecting the best model and size of bike for your particular needs. Buy from the shop that convinces you they are most serious about high quality customer service, especially, service AFTER the sale.

    At a given price point, when you are looking at one the "major" brands of bikes, the quality of the bike shop selling the bike is more important than the brand of the bike.

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    Define your budget and your expectations. I was in your spot in 04 and my Trek 1000 cost me, with the add-ons such as lock, clothes, shoes etc, $1000 (tax-incl.) I fell in love with cycling so much that last year I forked out $2K for a Devinci. Had I stretched my budget in the beginning and reached for the 1500, I probably wouldn't have needed to upgrade. I know this is all easy to say now but I just wanted to share my experience. And like others have said, find a good LBS with a good fitter.

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    I just bought the Scatante 560 and rode it back from Performance Bikes tonight. That's not enough to recommend it, but it was a nice ride home. I live in Seattle and the 560 went up and down some nice hills on my way home without any problems.

    Normally I ride my 1993 Zeus that I bought in Spain (bought out by Orbea). It rides like a Cadillac but the steel tubing/double crank wipes me out on the hills here (yeah, I'm a wuss). I know you are leaning towards a Trek, but you should give the Scatante 560 and chance. If you have a Performance Bike shop near you, see if you can give it a test ride. I also think that LeMond Etape would be worth a look although it comes with the Tiagra groupo instead of the 105 groupo like the Scatante does.

    I also rented the Fuji Newest 2.0 when I was in Portland for work and I was surprised at how much I liked it even though it came with the Tiagra groupo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alanbikehouston View Post
    Trek, Specialized, Giant, KHS, and other companies sell very good road bikes in the $600 to $800 price range. The less experience you have with road bikes, the more important the quality of the shop you buy from.



    At a given price point, when you are looking at one the "major" brands of bikes, the quality of the bike shop selling the bike is more important than the brand of the bike.

    Don't get hung up on one brand just because Lance rides one. There are lots of manufacturers making good bikes. In the budget side and as a newcomer- then the Bike shop is more important than the Bike. A Good LBS will sell you a bike that fits you- will sell you a bike that is suitable and then look after you and the bike afterwards.

    One warning though- No matter how good the shop- your first bike is only there to tell you what is required on the 2nd. bike. And the 3rd, and the 4th. and so on.
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