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Old 04-21-17, 02:00 PM
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Vilano Shadow Road Bike?

Trying to get a new road bike a budget price and came across the Vilano Shadow road bike, does anyone have experience with it? Or can someone recommend an affordable (under 500) road bike?

https://www.amazon.com/Vilano-Shadow...acc&th=1&psc=1
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A lot of people do well with cheap bikes for commuters.

I've always ridden used bikes, but I have wondered how substantial the difference would be between say a brand new Vilano and a 30 year old road bike. Or even a cheap 10 year old road bike. Trickle down technology?

I see the new ones have low level brifters. That is a change.

Also look at BikesDirect.
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Yeah I'd get something off of craigslist before I spent $500 on bike from Amazon...it doesn't look very comfortable for commuting either. No fenders, lights, or kickstand, and it uses rim brakes and puts you butt up and your head down. Not my cup of tea, but if it was I'd buy used.
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A road bike with drop bars can work for commuting, but I know nothing about this one.
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Let me recommend the Nashbar Flatbar Road Bike for the same price. I had one and it was decent enough. Probably equal to a Trek Fx2. It's got a slightly better shifting with an 8-speed triple. Flatbar is probably better for commuting.
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At $500, bet its a hi-ten steel bike.

You need between $650-$1000 to find a high quality mid-level bike with a lightweight alloy frame or double-butted steel frame.

Or find a used LBS bike on eBay/CL from a reputable bike brand like Trek, Specialized, Raleigh and Marin.
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I got a sub $500 Dawes from Bikesdirect that is my main commuter and it rocks. if I were buying a pure commuter I would go with wider tires but i got it for other things and it just happens to work really well.

If you can do your own mechanics work, buying used will general get you more for your money. If you want a new bike with a (however limited) warranty with nothing that needs to be replaced or repaired and wont start making some funny noises a month after you buy it ... BikesDirect is a very good source.

I notice that a lot of people are rabidly opposed to BikesDirect ... and none of them have ever bought a bike there.
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Originally Posted by NormanF
At $500, bet its a hi-ten steel bike.

You need between $650-$1000 to find a high quality mid-level bike with a lightweight alloy frame or double-butted steel frame.

Or find a used LBS bike on eBay/CL from a reputable bike brand like Trek, Specialized, Raleigh and Marin.
It definitely lists it as "6061 Double Butted Aluminum Aero frame with integrated headset".
The rear dropout has a distinct aluminum look with a replaceable derailleur hanger.

The fork, however, may be steel.
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find a used LBS bike on eBay/CL from a reputable bike brand like Trek, Specialized, Raleigh and Marin.
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