am I crazy?
what should I buy?
am I crazy?
what should I buy?
Last edited by bt; 07-05-13 at 12:52 PM.
Gunnar Roadie should be on your list at the very least. How much are you planning to spend? Budget allowing, have one made.
give us the Budget.
Budget, schmudget. $2700-ish is kinda mid-range, right?
1980ish Free Spirit Sunbird fixed * 1996 Mongoose IBOC Zero-G * 1997 KHS Comp * 1990-ish Scapin * Lemond Buenos Aires Triple
no budget really but I don't want to spend too much over 1k because I've never had nor ridden steel before so if it sucks for me it wouldn't be an expensive mistake.
Buy a used one on ebay or Craigslist
All-City Mister Pink is a sick frame. I like my Soma, but maybe one day...
Depends why you want steel. Looks? "Ride quality"? Shatter resistance?
Find a Lemond Zurich in your size and buy it on ebay or craigs list. Great bike.
"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." - Leo Tolstoy
Why new? There's loads of highend steelies on ebay world wide. Go for Columbus EL-OS steel, about as good as it gets.
2010 Custom Carbon JBC, 1990 Ricardo Pinnacle, 1988 Ricardo Elite, 1983 Ricardo Varsity, 1990 Peugeot Hurricane, 1977 Dawes Galaxy GT, 2007 Pinarello F3-13, Custom aussie made 1980 Columbus SL racer, 1975 Calton Rapide, 1995 Olympia Fusari, 1993 Basso Viper.
As a cyclist who started riding on steel bike's from the bike boom era. Panasonic Sport 1000, (Hi-tensile steel tubing, CroMo 4320, etc). I can say they ride very smoothly compared to an aluminum bike. (Not sure how carbon fiber rides)
I'm a bit perplexed though. How do they make it so light? I guess it's just super thin-walled steel mixture of some kind, with the elite light-weight components and wheels you'll find on most competition bikes. The question though in my mind is, if it's steel, how come it's so darn expensive? Steel is way cheaper than aluminum and carbon fiber. I guess the price is in the their unique design?
First God made the fixie, then he made the freewheel because he was tired of pedaling.
Get on Richard Sach's list. I think the wait time is down to just over 11 years these days....
Why not set your sights higher and go for a titanium bike? There's nothing to compare with the smooth but stiff, shock-absorbing but responsive and lively feeling of titanium.
Or you could go with one of the increasing number of custom stainless steel bike makers: firefly, anderson, a-train....
2010 Fuji Roubaix ACR 3.0
2012 Seven Axiom SL custom
Also, this level of steel is not cheaper than aluminum or carbon. This is the reason why at least Bianchi quit making them. It's just cheaper and easier to create a frame that's even lighter and stiffer by using carbon fiber.
Demented internet tail wagging imbicile.
I hadn't ridden a bike in over 40 years until last spring. I ended up buying a S-works Roubaix and then an S-works Tarmac this spring. Just a couple weeks ago I bought a Tommasini. I gotta say I was pleasantly surprised at the ride quality of the steel bike. It weighs a little more but the ride is not lacking one bit. I'm not sure why one would feel the need for a new bike either. With so many classics for sale on ebay and craigslist. I would think you could get more bike for your budget going that route.
anyone have an ebay link to some nice ones?
Find a nice older frame and build it up with modern stuff.
Links aren't much help until you know what size you need. Do a search for online bicycle fit (Competitive Cyclist has one) and find out what size you need. Then do searches on ebay and your local CL.
You're just trying to start an argument to show how smart you are.