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Old 10-30-17, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by GaryDGullett View Post
Let's hear it...In your opinion, what is the the best overhaul road bike based on comfortability, components, speed, fun to ride factor, and overall value? And any other factors I'm not considering at this point.

What would YOU buy today for $1500 or less???
- Take $500. Look at Craigslist for a road bike that fits and is in good working order(wheels spin true, no rust, etc) with Sora or better shifting. If you are in/around a populated are, there should be something for $300-500 that fits you.
- Ride it. Ride it for at least 1000mi.
- Learn from it. Figure out what you like about the stock drivetrain(gearing specifically) and brakes. Figure out what you dont like. Does the bike fit your style of riding or do you want something different to ride gravel?
- Sell it next spring and buy a better bike...if you even think you need a better bike.

It may end up you like the bike as is. It may end up you like the bike but want a lighter more responsive set of wheels and tires. It may end up you realize you hate road cycling.

Chances are if you are buying a used bike now, you will sell it for about the same(or perhaps more) in the spring, so there is little invested.
This is, at least to me, the best way to figure out what you really want while not spending a ton of money in the process.
Buying a road bike that is limited to 25mm tires and finding out you actually want a road bike that can fit 32s for comfort where you ride is a waste and unnecessary.
Buying a road bike with Ultegra or even 105 when you find Sora to be perfect is a waste and unnecessary.
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