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    Steel Roadie between$700-$1000

    Hello everyone.

    By the end of summer I am looking to purchase a geared, steel road bike (I currently ride a singlespeed road bike). Purposes will mostly include commuting, but there are lots of big group rides that go on in the area I live in and I hope to be able to drop in on some and join some as often as possible (guess I should see what level they are first.....)

    I live in a very hilly area and can still get around to most places easily, but I think its time to grab one.

    Weekly I may be putting in only about 80-90.

    I would probably in the long run slowly upgrade my drivetrain so I'd hope I find a bike with a good solid frame, so im not particularly married to steel.

    Also....the roads around my area absolutely suck. They are horrendously potholed, rocky and just suck horribly.
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    Seriously, I wouldn't trust it at all.

    phatomfingers would be interested in this.

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    Cx bike. Surly or Soma make nice ones. You can put up to 38c tires on my on Soma double cross and it runs discs so spacing for brakes isn't an issue. Put some 25-28c tires on you get speed and a nice ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ph4nt0mf1ng3rs View Post
    Hello everyone.

    By the end of summer I am looking to purchase a geared, steel road bike (I currently ride a singlespeed road bike). Purposes will mostly include commuting, but there are lots of big group rides that go on in the area I live in and I hope to be able to drop in on some and join some as often as possible (guess I should see what level they are first.....)

    I live in a very hilly area and can still get around to most places easily, but I think its time to grab one.

    Weekly I may be putting in only about 80-90.

    I would probably in the long run slowly upgrade my drivetrain so I'd hope I find a bike with a good solid frame, so im not particularly married to steel.

    Also....the roads around my area absolutely suck. They are horrendously potholed, rocky and just suck horribly.
    For that money ALU is better choice.

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    There's a steel Bianchi in that price range.

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    In that price range I think you pretty much have:

    Save Up To 60% Off Pro Level Steel Road Bikes | Commuting | Commuter Bikes | Motobecane Gran Premio PRO

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    used/Craigslist/ebay

    Surly Pacer and All City Mr Pink run slightly over $1000. It seems with steel bike there are 3-4 in the $1000-1500 range for a complete and then it jumps up to boutique brands where you will spend a lot more like a Gunnar

    Soma Smoothie frameset is nice if you can still find one or the Soma ES which lets you run wider tires which could be good on bad roads. Fyxation sells a bike in a 1x10 that looks interesting:

    Fyxation Quiver Commuter, Gravel Grinder, Road Bicycle tagged "quiver" | Fyxation

    I got my 25 year old Centurion for under $300 and put a few bucks into tuning it up and I love riding it so you may want to start looking at CL and Ebay to see what options are there
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    Jamis has a couple steel road bikes under $1000 also.

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    Thanks guys. Would alum really be a better option then for the price I am willing to pay? Or is steel still just fine?
    Quote Originally Posted by Vixtor View Post
    Seriously, I wouldn't trust it at all.

    phatomfingers would be interested in this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ph4nt0mf1ng3rs View Post
    Thanks guys. Would alum really be a better option then for the price I am willing to pay? Or is steel still just fine?
    Not better but maybe more options. I have a steel bike and an alum/carbon fork and I ride them the same distances on the same roads. The alum is much stiffer so I notice a difference when I'm climbing and sprinting etc but in reality my avg might be 1/2 mph slower on the steel on the same rides. Just get the best bike you can afford. Components and wheels would be more important to me than frame material
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    I'm not sure how you might feel about shopping for a used bike but if that was a comfortable route you could get a lot of bike for 1k.

    I know a lot of guys like their aluminium bikes but the few I have ridden you could not pay me to ride them.( Not meant to insult anyone), I just couldn't stand the road buzz

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    Quote Originally Posted by squatchy View Post
    I'm not sure how you might feel about shopping for a used bike but if that was a comfortable route you could get a lot of bike for 1k.

    I know a lot of guys like their aluminium bikes but the few I have ridden you could not pay me to ride them.( Not meant to insult anyone), I just couldn't stand the road buzz
    This is the route I took. Found a used steel frame on CL and built it up with new parts from Nashbar and Ribble. I came in at almost exactly $1,000 fully built.

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    +1 on used. I considered buying this steel bike while I was on vacation two weeks ago:
    Gunnar Road Bike 55cm(Med)

    There are a couple of LeMonds (853 w/Ultegra) on my local C-List now for 700 or 800. Not screaming deals, but decent.
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    I just bought my SO a Lemond Zurich in great condition for $450. I bought a Super clean Tommasini for $600 last summer. I didn't look used at all. I had to really try to find even the first paint nick. A couple months ago I bought A Merckx for $1400. It was really well kept as well. It seems pretty easy to buy nice steel bikes fo a great price. So many people buy a new bike and end up not riding much more that 1 summer and it sits in the garage or basement for ever and then they finally sell it. So many people also moved away from steel to carbon so that has also moved the price of steel downward

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    Quote Originally Posted by squatchy View Post
    I just bought my SO a Lemond Zurich in great condition for $450. I bought a Super clean Tommasini for $600 last summer. I didn't look used at all. I had to really try to find even the first paint nick. A couple months ago I bought A Merckx for $1400. It was really well kept as well. It seems pretty easy to buy nice steel bikes fo a great price. So many people buy a new bike and end up not riding much more that 1 summer and it sits in the garage or basement for ever and then they finally sell it. So many people also moved away from steel to carbon so that has also moved the price of steel downward
    Depends on where you are. On ebay, the nicer steel frames I see (Lemond, Bianchies,other Italians) going for $500-1000 for frame sets alone. Where I live in LA, these bikes also fetch a good sum on Craigslist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by squatchy View Post

    I know a lot of guys like their aluminium bikes but the few I have ridden you could not pay me to ride them.( Not meant to insult anyone), I just couldn't stand the road buzz
    Carbon fork/carbon seat post = no buzz. I have a steel bike too that I love but I really don't feel considerable differences in comfort between the two bikes
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    used jamis quest.
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    This is on my local CL for $800.

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    Most of the nice steel bikes on CL around here have been turned into fixie thingies and singlespeeds, with white or purple tires and stupid bullhorn bars. There should be some law against that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CenturionIM View Post
    used jamis quest.
    I got a new quest comp(520 frame, sora components) for $980, and I love it.

    I'm an uncultured noob on his first drop bar bike though.

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