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Old 01-24-13, 04:40 PM   #1
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Is it worth it?

Hey guys. I'm new to the forums. Lately, I've been borrowing one of my friend's Giant Escape 2 to go on casual bike rides and want to get something for myself. I want something similar but lighter and a little more like a road bike. I'd get a road bike but the stance makes my back hurt.

I was looking at the Giant Rapid but a new bike is out of my budget. I'm thinking of going with an older FCR model. Someone has a 2005 FCR 3 in my size for $190. It's in good shape with a few scratches and light rust on a few bolts, which can be easily cleaned. According to bikepedia, the 2005 model is the only FCR 3 that came with a carbon fork.

My friend can help me with any tuning that it might need.

He was asking $250 and I got him to lower it to $190. Does it sound like a good deal for this bike? Here are the specs.

http://www.bikepedia.com/Quickbike/B...e#.UQGwOmfPKAK
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Old 01-24-13, 04:58 PM   #2
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I think that's a fair price if everything works on the bike and it's in decent shape. Beware that the wheels aren't very good. I had some XSR-3's on my 2005 Giant road bike that I had to replace.
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Hey guys. I'm new to the forums. Lately, I've been borrowing one of my friend's Giant Escape 2 to go on casual bike rides and want to get something for myself. I want something similar but lighter and a little more like a road bike. I'd get a road bike but the stance makes my back hurt.

I was looking at the Giant Rapid but a new bike is out of my budget. I'm thinking of going with an older FCR model. Someone has a 2005 FCR 3 in my size for $190. It's in good shape with a few scratches and light rust on a few bolts, which can be easily cleaned. According to bikepedia, the 2005 model is the only FCR 3 that came with a carbon fork.

My friend can help me with any tuning that it might need.

He was asking $250 and I got him to lower it to $190. Does it sound like a good deal for this bike? Here are the specs.

http://www.bikepedia.com/Quickbike/B...e#.UQGwOmfPKAK
The price seems good if there are no problems with the bike. Is it lighter than an Escape 2? Because it seems to be about the same. It was about the same price too. If the FCR 3 is in great shape and if it FITS you and you like it I say go for it. By the way, I love my new Escape 2!
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If it will open Road Bikes as options, you can put a shorter stem on your bike to make your position less bent over. I did this for my wife's bike. She is pretty short and was hard to fit for a bike. The stem was an inexpensive for a inexpensive bike.

A Road Bike option will usually be lighter due to design.
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The bike was sold before I got a chance to go see it, but I did buy a used 2012 Trek 7.1 at a good price.

What advantages does a lighter bike have over one that's a bit heavier? Other than making it easier to lift. I imagine that they are faster off the line and maybe better for uphills, but heavier bikes feel sturdier at faster speeds and don't require as much force once you get up to speed. Am I right?
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lighter bikes, within reason tend to be just as sturdy as heavier ones, because they are higher quality. now, sure, a ultra light roadrace bike wont be as strong as a clunky 80s steelframe mountain bike, but a modern high end carbon fiber mountain bike is probably stronger than that old junker.

lighter bikes accelerate faster, brake faster, turn faster, climb faster. better quality bikes will have lower friction losses from bearings, drive chain. thinner high pressure tires have less rolling resistance wind resistance.
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