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    Need help selecting a bike

    I have been riding for a few months now on my dad's old mtb for exercise. Now that I'm starting to ride farther I have come to the conclusion I would like to get a new bike more fitting of the riding I have been doing. Currently I ride between 14-20 miles, 4-5 times a week and have found the limiting factor on how long I ride has become comfort and not my legs being tired out. The bike I'm using is simply what I had and was not fit for me and I think it is too small which is leading to some of the discomfort. I'm 6'2 and currently weigh 250 lbs. (weighed 294 when I began riding/eating better).

    Right now I only ride on the road/sidewalk and have decided I would prefer to get a bike with drop bars, and I have a budget of no more than $1000.

    Here are the bikes I'm currently looking at:
    CAAD 8 6 TIAGRA: http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/road...6-tiagra-15829
    CAADX TIAGRA: http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/road...1-caadx-tiagra
    Jamis Aurora: http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebik...rora_spec.html
    Bianchi Volpe: http://www.bianchiusa.com/bikes/gran-fondo/volpe/
    Trek 1.5: http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...d_1_series/1_5
    Fuji Cross 3.0: http://www.fujibikes.com/bike/details/cross-302
    Fuji Newest 1.0: http://www.fujibikes.com/bike/details/newest-103

    I think most of those seem to be good entry level bikes. Judging by MSRPs I think the ones I listed would come in under the $1000 dollar mark. 3 are aluminum road bikes, 2 steel, and 2 cyclocross. The reason I am looking at the cyclocross and steel is because I'm concerned with my weight and the fact that in some areas I ride on the sidewalk/not the best roads, and that the aluminum bikes wouldn't hold up as well as a heavier bike.

    Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated. Also feel free to make suggestions.

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    Hey there Zamboni!

    There are several bikes that come to mind. I am very familiar with the Jamis brand. They make excellent bikes. The Coda is an award-winning bike and is well within your budget. The Coda Elite has excellent componentry and rides like a dream. However, the Jamis Satellite is an awesome bike as well and comes with great components too.

    Fuji makes a great Touring bike that's within your budget, as well. Then we move on to Specialized and the Allez Double Steel. I've ridden that one and it too is a spectacular ride. The 2011 Raleigh Grand Prix is on sale at REI and it has a steel lugged frame. I just purchased the Grand Prix and it rides better than most other bikes at REI.

    If I were you, I'd go with the Fuji Touring bike, since you can go the supermarket and place groceries in your panniers or upon your rack. Since you're not racing anybody, you really don't have to commit to a pure road bike. Therefore, I'd say you could go with either a Touring bike or a commuter, bikes all outside of the conventional road bike or racer category.

    So, to sum my suggestions up, I would advise in this order:

    (1) Fuji- Touring *

    (2) Jamis- Coda

    (3) Jamis- Satellite

    (4) Raleigh- Grand Prix

    (5) Specialized- Allez Double Steel

    Good Luck!

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    Actually, all of these bikes are racing-styled bikes with the one exception of the Fuji, because it is technically called a "Touring" bike. The Codas are all Flat handlebar racers, that are primarily used for commuting, exercise, and light touring. The others are more racer-styled with drop handlebars.
    Last edited by SlimRider; 09-04-11 at 06:31 PM.

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    I'd say the Fuji, touring bikes are wonderful for getting around on!
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    Have you considered something like a Felt F85?
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    Felt isn't stocked by any LBS. After looking at the suggestions and reading a few sights, I think a steel bike is right for me. Having trouble distinguishing differences between the bikes and wethere or not the differences would benefit me or be something I should avoid.

    The bikes I'm looking at are the suggested Allez Double Steel, Jamis Aurora, Jamis Satellite, Raleigh Port Townsend and Raleigh Grand Prix, and Fuji Touring.

    Does the Fuji have mtb bike gears? How does it compare to bikes with road gears. The Satellite has a carbon fork, what kind of difference does that make? Lastly, I think I would like a bike that could use a wider tire, how can you tell which bikes can use say a 32c tire?

    Thanks for any insight y'all can provide.

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    Ok Zamboni!

    It's like this...

    Both the Raleighs have lower end componentry (like Sora) on them. However, since the Grand Prix has lugged steel tubes, I'd be willing to overlook that and upgrade later, because they don't make too many lugged, steel-framed-bikes, off-the-shelf anymore. I'd omit the Port Townsend though due to the component issue.

    The Jamis Aurora is a great choice if you can swing it into your budget, because it has more acceptable componentry (Shimano 105) and it's set to carry cargo, since it's a touring bike. The Jamis Satellite's componentry ( Sora Again, but this time with Tiagra) is not as good as the Aurora's (Shimano 105 with Tiagra). However, it too can be set up to carry cargo, but it's really more of a hybrid bike, based upon its geometry. Plus the Aurora has other componetry that's just better!

    The Fuji, has better componentry than the Satellite and both of the Raleighs. It edges the Aurora out too IMHO, because it has a good MTB rear derailleur (Deore) instead of a good road bike derailleur (Shimano 105). It's other components are great too!

    * That gold Fuji Touring bike looks absolutely spectacular for 2012! ....SWEET!

    If you can swing a terrific deal on a Specialized Allez Double Steel, you'd better hurry, because they're phasing them out of their line-up. Their last Allez Double Steel was made in 2010! You might also want to take a look at the Specialized "Roll 8" Globe city bike too.

    If you just want what you want despite $$$SAVINGS$$$, the Fuji just might be your choice!...Or maybe mine!

    Good Luck!

    PS.

    UV light degrades carbon...It won't affect steel!
    Last edited by SlimRider; 09-05-11 at 04:23 AM.

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