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Old 07-01-16, 01:48 PM
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hybrid to road bike. . .

I got back into cycling last year. I currently ride about 50-100 miles a week through commuting to work 2-3 days a week (17 miles round trip) and 20 ish mile loops. I want to go farther, faster, and more efficiently. I bought the hybrid for the commuting. I am 45 years old 6'4" and an athletic 240 lbs (should be closer to 225).




Currently ride a TREK 7.2fx hybrid-
Upgrades so far:
shimano m530 spd pedals
bontrager aero bars
700 X 28 tires Bontrager AW1


As you can see it is becoming more like a road bike, and that is the reason for this post. I want to keep the hybrid regardless of where this ends up.


While I've just started looking (about one month) at 6'4" I notice it is hard for me to find a bike that fits me on local craigslist. I live in and am surrounded by towns of about 100,000 so no booming metropolis.




The real question:


I am wanting to get a road bike, but have many directions I am considering. My main struggle is I am a cheap individual.
Should I . . . .


1. Hope to find a used bike that fits me on craigslist or the like
2. Buy on Bikes Direct or the like
3. Bite the bullet and spend north of $1000 at my LBS.
4. Buy parts and build one - This one appeals to me as I want to know how to work on the entire bike. I do have solid mechanical skills.


If I build a bike I will likely go aluminum, (carbon forks maybe). Tiagra or comparable components. I have no idea what this will end up costing me. I like the idea of only a dual ring up front.





The Road Bike section suggested I post here as well. . . makes sense.
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If you look for a Fuji dealer, or look up a Performance Bicycle (they carry Fuji) there are some cheaper options. My Sportif 1.5 cost me $809 out the door, and it has 9 speed Sora components, which have been rock solid really, it also has mechanical disks which sort of usually bring 32 spoke wheels them :-).

The 7 and 8 speed Sportif are a little bit cheaper.

Looks like the changed the numbers, a 3.0 is the same as my bike, Sora and disk brakes, 32 spoke rear 28 spoke front. $699 at Performance. And you would get $70 back for future purchases if you join their Team Performance plan.

Just google search this......
Fuji Sportif 3.0 LE Road Bike - 2016 Performance Exclusive

I was about your weight when I started riding it, zero issues really. I have moved on but still have it and am very happy with it.


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Originally Posted by rperkins146 View Post
I am a cheap individual....I do have solid mechanical skills.
Bikes Direct. I'm 6'5" and the choices for bikes my size on Craigslist are dismal. Can't beat bikes direct for value if you can do the setup and maintenance yourself.
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Originally Posted by rperkins146 View Post
Should I . . . .


1. Hope to find a used bike that fits me on craigslist or the like
2. Buy on Bikes Direct or the like
3. Bite the bullet and spend north of $1000 at my LBS.
4. Buy parts and build one - This one appeals to me as I want to know how to work on the entire bike. I do have solid mechanical skills.


If I build a bike I will likely go aluminum, (carbon forks maybe). Tiagra or comparable components. I have no idea what this will end up costing me. I like the idea of only a dual ring up front.
Unless you're a savvy shopper and willing to spend a long time hunting for bargains, building a bike from a frame and parts will usually end up costing more money than buying a complete bike. Figure 25-50% more if you shop well. If you're not willing to wait for good sales to come along, you may end up spending a lot more than a complete bike would cost. The good news is that you'll get exactly what you want if you build yourself. The bad news is that you'll get exactly what you want if you build yourself! If you don't have an opinion on cables, bottom brackets, seat posts, handlebars, headsets, etc. you may end up buying a set of parts that isn't optimal.

Bikes Direct bikes can be a good value, but the bikes are a bit hit-and-miss component-wise. Many of their bikes include decent derailleurs and levers, but lower-end brakes, wheels, and cranks. That's not to say that the components aren't decent, just that there's a reason their prices are so low. Warranty support is non-existent, so you'll end up paying for anything you can't fix or adjust yourself. The other problem will be buying a bike that fits you properly. If you've never ridden a road bike before, getting a properly fitting bike over the Internet may be a challenge. I know what works for me in terms of top tube length, head tube, length, handlebar drop, etc. Do you know what works for you?

If you're not confident in your ability to adjust derailleurs or get a proper fit without being able to sit on the bike first, then it might not be a bad idea to buy from your LBS. Avoid the "big name" brands (Trek, Specialized, etc) and your money will go much further. Fuji and Giant produce bikes that are every bit as good as their big-name competition, but their prices are more reasonable and sales are more frequent.
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I appreciate all your input. We have two LBS in town, and one sells Giant among others. I plan to visit them and see what is available. My wife may or may not like this. . .
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Test riding bikes is free:-) take cell phone pictures of the bikes and make notes :-).
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I would suggest you build your own ride. More than likely it'll cost more than buying a complete bike. An alternative to this is to buy a frame the correct size and a used donor bike for the components. Nashbar has some cheap frames though you have to find someone (COOP) to chase and face the BB and headtube.
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Take a look at the Orbea road bikes as they are well built.
I am 6'3" and 360 pounds and my Orbea Orca in 60cm has stood up well since late January 2015 with use on many road surfaces.

The only maintenance is I have had to do is replace a couple shifting cables, and re-lace and true the rear wheel.
My Orbea came with the 105 10 speed groupset.
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I bought a Trek Domane on eBay. Set a search alert for one and it took a couple months but one turned up just my size with about 250 gentle miles on it. I've been riding it for 2-1/2 years now and love it. Retailed for 3500, purchase price was 2700. I guess a shop sold it but the buyer turned it back in wanting something else.
If you know what you want, try setting a couple search alerts and see what turns up.
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I am almost 6.5 and bought a used bike had problems went for a fitting at lbs and when they got done it looked like a circus bike as they had to put so many spacers etc to get the fitting correct. My family got me a bike for christmas that was the correct size frame and it made a big difference. I guess the point is get something that is going to fit you if you can find used that is great but the correct fit should be the deal maker or breaker.
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