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    Which bike to choose

    Hello!

    Phew, what a godsend, i just found this forum after trawling the internet for so so long looking for bikes and reliable information about them. What better place than a forum?

    I was wondering if there were more informed people who could give me advice on the new 2005 Trek range.

    I'm looking to buy my new road bike soon, but i'm very inexperienced in what to look for (i've used the same old racing bike for 5 years).

    I was settled on the new 1500

    But then became very interested in getting a carbon frame bike, so looked further up toward the new 5000


    Does anyone have any advice? Is it worth going for the carbon frame?

    Also - do you think the new 2005 range is value for money?

    Are there any good alternatives, i.e. an older range that can be picked up cheaper, and if so - where? I'm having great trouble finding good online bike shops

    My budget is $2000.

    I will be using the bike for road racing and reasonable length touring - up to 1500 miles.

    Any advice that could be given would be incredibly appreciated!

    Thanks!

    Sal

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    Toyota Racing Dev. PWRDbyTRD's Avatar
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    I can't really offer much help, but welcome to the forums
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    Disclaimer: I'm 425lb...I put unnormal loads on my bike. This should help you in answering any of my questions.

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    "True" racing and "True" touring are two distinctly different activities. Most of the folks who actually enter actual races in my area enter short races with lots of sharp corners. The sort of race where a short wheelbase and ultra-light wheels and tires are an advantage. Some folks think a lighter carbon or aluminum frame is better than a steel frame in short fast races...they are probably wrong...but the bikes built for racing most commonly have aluminum or carbon frames. Geometry that favors quick steering reactions over stability under load.

    A long loaded tour is most comfortable on a bike designed for loaded touring (where the rider, equipment, and gear are a total load of over 200 or 250 pounds). Built for front and rear racks, plus fenders. Long wheelbase. Chainstays set up to handle 35mm tires. Wide, sturdy rims, 36 or 40 spokes in back, 36 spokes in front. Steel frame. Stable geometry.

    In the 1980's, bike companies made some bikes that were a nice blend of these features. Very light steel frames that could handle racks, fat tires, and fenders. Yet, with a set of light wheels and light tires, a good racing bike. I don't know of any "factory" bikes of that sort today. Some of the "high hand" custom frame makers still make "sport touring" frames though.

    If I was going to ride just ONE bike (a horrible fate to contemplate) I would probably have a touring bike, such as the Trek 520, or the Fuji Tourer. If I had some reason to want to ride fast, I would buy an extra set of wheels with light rims and light 25mm tires. Then, I use the light wheels for faster riding, and use the touring wheels when carrying loads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alanbikehouston
    "True" racing and "True" touring are two distinctly different activities. Most of the folks who actually enter actual races in my area enter short races with lots of sharp corners. The sort of race where a short wheelbase and ultra-light wheels and tires are an advantage. Some folks think a lighter carbon or aluminum frame is better than a steel frame in short fast races...they are probably wrong...but the bikes built for racing most commonly have aluminum or carbon frames. Geometry that favors quick steering reactions over stability under load.

    A long loaded tour is most comfortable on a bike designed for loaded touring (where the rider, equipment, and gear are a total load of over 200 or 250 pounds). Built for front and rear racks, plus fenders. Long wheelbase. Chainstays set up to handle 35mm tires. Wide, sturdy rims, 36 or 40 spokes in back, 36 spokes in front. Steel frame. Stable geometry.

    In the 1980's, bike companies made some bikes that were a nice blend of these features. Very light steel frames that could handle racks, fat tires, and fenders. Yet, with a set of light wheels and light tires, a good racing bike. I don't know of any "factory" bikes of that sort today. Some of the "high hand" custom frame makers still make "sport touring" frames though.

    If I was going to ride just ONE bike (a horrible fate to contemplate) I would probably have a touring bike, such as the Trek 520, or the Fuji Tourer. If I had some reason to want to ride fast, I would buy an extra set of wheels with light rims and light 25mm tires. Then, I use the light wheels for faster riding, and use the touring wheels when carrying loads.
    Some VERY good advice here, mate.

    I'll add just one thought................

    Large sums of money spent on a bike may impress your friends,
    but,.......it may not get you a good bike that YOU can can
    ride with pride and comfort. Knowledge backed up by just
    enough money will. So do your homework and be aware that the
    "best" bike may be waiting for you.....used.....on E-bay,in
    a yard sale, a rummage sale or your local paper.

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