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Old 11-27-10, 04:54 AM
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Help!!!

Right guys, I'm looking for a flat-bar road-bike as I'm not completely comfortable with bull-horns or drop-downs. Any thing up to 275, with a 54cm or 55cm frame. I've been looking all over the internet but I'm a complete newbie and have no idea what makes are good. Can someone please help.

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Old 11-27-10, 05:40 AM
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As a newbie you really need a good bike shop. They will advise you on fit and will offer a tuneup when all the cables slacken off.
I suggest that the first step is check out your local bike shops (LBS). Find one that you like and see what brands they do.
In that price range, a little more cash buys a lot more bike.
Budget for accessories (lights, lock, pump, , fenders, luggage rack, helmet etc). It is easier to negotiate extra accessories rather than beat down the price of a bike.

Decide what tyre you want to run. Most flat-bar road bikes can run a max of 25-28mm. Some have V brakes and can run wider sizes.
Look for models with threaded eyelets for fenders and luggage rack.

The brand is not too significant, they are mostly just stickers on Taiwanese or Chinese frames with standard Shimano components.
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Thanks, I checked out the bike shop earlier and they showed me some comfortable bikes, and they had a specific bike which they thought would be pretty good, but since I'm about 5"7 they said it might be too big. The bike they showed me had a 56cm frame and 55cm was just a tiny bit too big. The bike is a Raleigh Airlite Sf 1.0 and here's the link:https://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Raleigh-Airlit...item2c56e3fd83. It's down from 400 and I have a PayPal voucher which means that I get it for 250. Should I go for it? I'm only 14 so I should grow into it. What do you guys think?
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Old 11-27-10, 05:03 PM
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I would hesitate to get a 58cm bike at 5'7". I'm 5'8" and the sizing calculator at Colorado Cyclists says I can use 54cm. I bought a Nashbar 54cm touring frame which is standard, not compact and the top tube came pretty close to my groin area when I tried it with wheels. I think I could have gone with 52cm instead.

Let me take a quick peek at what I can find.

EDIT: Well, I could not find a flat bar road bike on several sites that I looked at. So, here's a few bikes I find at least interesting (by the way, the 17" model on the Lambretta might be just right for your size and the Cube in 54cm):
https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=42412

https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=44374

ANOTHER EDIT: Whoops! There's a different price for the 54cm so here you go with a lower price:
https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=30601

You might be able to adjust stem, seatpost ect when you grow taller. But, there's always an acceptable range from what I've seen. In other words, a 54cm frame might be good for people of various heights. I don't think it would be a problem if you outgrew the frame just a little.

YET ANOTHER EDIT: I have to say though that the Cube might be a better choice because the Lambretta from what I can see might be more suitable for comfortable riding rather than fast riding.

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Old 11-27-10, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by NeilChhabda View Post
Thanks, I checked out the bike shop earlier and they showed me some comfortable bikes, and they had a specific bike which they thought would be pretty good, but since I'm about 5"7 they said it might be too big. The bike they showed me had a 56cm frame and 55cm was just a tiny bit too big. The bike is a Raleigh Airlite Sf 1.0 and here's the link:https://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Raleigh-Airlit...item2c56e3fd83. It's down from 400 and I have a PayPal voucher which means that I get it for 250. Should I go for it? I'm only 14 so I should grow into it. What do you guys think?
That model of bike looks fine based on the specs, but it's definitely too tall for you. Most major brands of bike will have a similar model with a similar price, and I don't think that Raleigh is a deal so good you can't pass it up. Also, if the bike shop actually tried to get you to buy a 56cm bike, find another bike shop.

You're 14, and will probably get taller than you are now; how tall are your parents/siblings/other close family? When trying a bike, check your standover clearance. Stand flat footed over the top tube (not the seat). As an absolute minimum the top tube should not touch your crotch. An inch or two of space would be better. Don't be tempted to get a bike that fails this test because you'll be tall enough later, it's unsafe right now. You will be able to adjust the fit of a bike quite a bit as you get taller by moving and changing parts.
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Old 11-28-10, 02:17 AM
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A 54 cm is right. I have a 55 cm Schwinn Super Sport DBX which is sized "medium" by Schwinn. It fits right with a change of seatpost and a higher stem. Being 5'7", my other bikes are 52 cm.
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