Cycling Saved My Life
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Pensacola, Florida
Bikes: '12 CAAD 10 Ultegra, '78 Medici Pro Strada
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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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