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    new to the world of road biking

    i want to get in to road biking. Im just curious what kind of bike i should get. dont want to spend more than 200. Wondering if any one could help me out?

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    For $200 you can get a decent quality steel road bike from the 80s-early 90s. It will have friction shifters on the downtube.

    1. Go to a bike shop to test ride a few entry level road bikes to find out what size you need.
    2. Do not buy a bike that does not fit.
    3. Look on craigslist, which about the only place you will find anything.
    4. Look for brands like Trek, Nishiki, Raleigh, Miyata, Bianchi. Avoid Huffy, Ross, Roadmaster.
    5. Look for bikes with CroMoly steel frames (vs. Hi-ten steel)
    6. Do not buy a bike that does not fit.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indolent58 View Post
    For $200 you can get a decent quality steel road bike from the 80s-early 90s. It will have friction shifters on the downtube.

    1. Go to a bike shop to test ride a few entry level road bikes to find out what size you need.
    2. Do not buy a bike that does not fit.
    3. Look on craigslist, which about the only place you will find anything.
    4. Look for brands like Trek, Nishiki, Raleigh, Miyata, Bianchi. Avoid Huffy, Ross, Roadmaster.
    5. Look for bikes with CroMoly steel frames (vs. Hi-ten steel)
    6. Do not buy a bike that does not fit.

    Good luck!
    Nailed it. Buy the best bike you can afford, not the cheapest one you find. And no kidding, make sure it fits. Learned me that one the hard way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indolent58 View Post
    for $200 you can get a decent quality steel road bike from the 80s-early 90s. It will have friction shifters on the downtube.

    1. Go to a bike shop to test ride a few entry level road bikes to find out what size you need.
    2. Do not buy a bike that does not fit.
    3. Look on craigslist, which about the only place you will find anything.
    4. Look for brands like trek, nishiki, raleigh, miyata, bianchi. Avoid huffy, ross, roadmaster.
    5. Look for bikes with cromoly steel frames (vs. Hi-ten steel)
    6. Do not buy a bike that does not fit.

    good luck!
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    Dang, Wall mark has good huffys for 100 bucks
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    Look for a Centurion Ironman from like 88-90... my first roadie and I loved that bike! Just ditch the biopace rings!!
    Cant we all just ride along???

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    Quote Originally Posted by John R View Post
    Dang, Wall mark has good huffys for 100 bucks

    Sure that you're not thinking of the Schwinn Varsity? I've heard they are marked down to about $200...
    May you live long, live strong, and live happy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neccros View Post
    Look for a Centurion Ironman from like 88-90... my first roadie and I loved that bike! Just ditch the biopace rings!!

    LOL, I remember Biopace rings. It was then I learned of the bicycle industry's never ending quest for useless gimmicks to sell bikes.

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