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    Hello from South Chicago burbs...

    Hello to all at this forum. I am in need of some advice and help.

    Short story; Going on the RAGBRI ride this year with my father who is 62. This is his 5th time riding. I on the other hand have not bicycle ridden recently. Have been training on my dads hybrid, but I rode his road bike this weekend, and man, what a difference. So, I am looking for some help finding a decent road bike for under $300.

    Any ideas? And thanks in advance.

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    Hi, welcome to BF, the only thing I can think of at that low a budget is to look for a used bike on Craig's List. Best of luck on the search for your bike and on the RAGBRAI. You can try posting in the Hybrid Forum for ideas on lowering the weight of the hybrid, that is the biggest difference in the bikes, frame materials, wheelset, group set, etc., are all lighter components on the dedicated road bike. The road bike's frame geometry lends toward its handling characteristics, all combined make for a quicker feeling bike that will be easier to accelerate and to maintain a speed, hills are the big place that the weight will challenge you.

    Edit: Don't be tempted to try a department store bike shaped object for this ride, it will self destruct and before it does it will make you regret that you are cycling. An 80's or 90's road bike with indexed shifting and 700C wheelset is your best bet, be sure the bike fits you and can be brought up to safe specs with cables, brake service (pads and cables at minimum) and derailleur adjustments/cables. If the chain is rusted it will need to be replaced as as not to strand you when it breaks.
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    welcome, im from chicago too. Im sure everyone will tell you that under $300 will not buy you a decent bike. Used you should be able to find something serviceable or if you are into them you can get a very decent vintage/classic road bike in that price range.

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    Thanks for the infomation. I will keep looking on CL.

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    What size you ride? My friend is selling his gt zr5000 which might or might not fit you.

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    Well, I am 6'0" with about a 34" inseam. How much is the bike your friend is selling? Obviousely, trying to get a good bike for my budget without breaking the bank.

    Thanks

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    Welcome from another south 'burbs rider. Have fun on your ride.

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    ill have to find out, he does not know what size it is. Ill try to get you the info in a few days. Look up the bike in the meantime and see if its something you might want to get. its i believe a 99 gt zr5000, ill find out a price too

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    Yes this is something I might e interested in. Please let me know what your friend says about the size and price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dohc97 View Post
    ill have to find out, he does not know what size it is. Ill try to get you the info in a few days. Look up the bike in the meantime and see if its something you might want to get. its i believe a 99 gt zr5000, ill find out a price too

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    sorry it took me forever, my friend has been super busy. Unfortunately the bike wont fit you, its only a 52 cm, good thing is it is now at my house and i will be cleaning it up before it goes up for sale elsewhere. Did you happen to find a bike?

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    Hello from South Chicago burbs...

    If you want a nice vintage bike, i have an older 60cm Raleigh Gran Sport for sale. Reynolds 531 lugged frame. Its a real beauty. I'm up in Evanston. Could send u pics if interested.

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    No problem. I did find a bike last week. I found a good deal on craigslist, but it was gone before I made up my mind on it. So, I purchased a motobecane mirage sl on bikesdirect for about $450.

    Took a spin on a few bikes at perfomance bikes in Naperville before commiting on the size and style.

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    Thanks for the offer, but I purchased a new bike last week. Took it for a spin in the neighborhood, but no time to get any other time on it yet.

    Thanks.

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