Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

Buy a Road bike/CX or Keep My Fixie

Notices
General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

Buy a Road bike/CX or Keep My Fixie

Old 05-15-15, 11:07 AM
  #1  
matchstick
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: NW Indiana
Posts: 50

Bikes: '14 Cannondale Synapse 6 Tiagra C || '09 Schwinn Madison Fixed Gear

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Buy a Road bike/CX or Keep My Fixie

I have a 2009 Schwinn Madison that I bought in college brand new. It was used for about a year before I moved away, and its been in the garage ever since. It was a fun bike to ride, but I never rode it very far, and never for a workout, only commuting. I am interested in riding for fitness and to lose some weight now. I have been looking at a number of road/CX bikes and I'm really close to pulling the trigger, but just wondered what the thought was here? I don't really know jack about bikes some talk to me like I'm completely dumb...lol. Most of the riding will be done on county roads and the local bike trail, a little through town. I'm also contemplating getting a tow behind or child seat for my son, which would probably rule out the fixed, but I'm not 100% on that decision yet.

Some of the bikes I've been reading about.
Trek 1.1/1.5
Giant Defy 5
Giodarno Libero
Reline Conquest
Biamondback CCX

There are a ton more that have come up on lists of best entry level bikes, but these seem to all be on multiple lists. I have also seen bikesdirect.com mentioned a few times, but I'd prefer to try them at a local shop if possible.
matchstick is offline  
Old 05-15-15, 11:27 AM
  #2  
obed7
Senior Member
 
obed7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Porter, Texas
Posts: 4,125

Bikes: Trek Domane 5.2, Ridley Xfire, Giant Propel, KHS AeroComp

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1648 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
are the country roads and bike trails paved? If so the trek or the giant look like good choices.
obed7 is offline  
Old 05-15-15, 11:33 AM
  #3  
matchstick
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: NW Indiana
Posts: 50

Bikes: '14 Cannondale Synapse 6 Tiagra C || '09 Schwinn Madison Fixed Gear

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by obed7 View Post
are the country roads and bike trails paved? If so the trek or the giant look like good choices.
That are paved....mostly. The bike trail is nicely paved, the country roads are hit and miss, along with potholes and gravel scattered about. I like the idea of versatility of the CX/Gravel/Whatever bikes, but not opposed to a road bike either. Just looking for input before I begin hitting up shops. Trying to be informed as much as possible without diving into all the technical details of gears, cranks, hubs, derailleurs, etc.
matchstick is offline  
Old 05-15-15, 11:43 AM
  #4  
obed7
Senior Member
 
obed7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Porter, Texas
Posts: 4,125

Bikes: Trek Domane 5.2, Ridley Xfire, Giant Propel, KHS AeroComp

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1648 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
If the roads are mostly paved with just common gravel and potholes and you are a large guy put 25's on the road bike....
if they are really rough and you might get into soft stuff, the cross bike would be better...
I have a ridley cross bike that I have 35 street tires on that I use for my foul weather/bad conditions riding.
it never actually sees cross use.
obed7 is offline  
Old 05-15-15, 09:25 PM
  #5  
matchstick
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: NW Indiana
Posts: 50

Bikes: '14 Cannondale Synapse 6 Tiagra C || '09 Schwinn Madison Fixed Gear

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Tried out a trek 1.1 and giant defy 5 today. After a lot of talking I think I'm going to have the LBS order me a trek Crossrip (or crossrip comp) in my size. Going to mull over it this weekend. And thoughts on the trek Crossrip vs the giant Xroad?
matchstick is offline  
Old 05-15-15, 09:39 PM
  #6  
AlmostTrick
Tortoise Wins by a Hare!
 
AlmostTrick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Looney Tunes, IL
Posts: 7,202

Bikes: Wabi Special FG, Raleigh Roper, Nashbar AL-1, Miyata One Hundred, '70 Schwinn Lemonator and More!!

Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1451 Post(s)
Liked 749 Times in 401 Posts
Have you been riding the Madison? Is it no longer working out?
AlmostTrick is offline  
Old 05-16-15, 07:47 AM
  #7  
matchstick
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: NW Indiana
Posts: 50

Bikes: '14 Cannondale Synapse 6 Tiagra C || '09 Schwinn Madison Fixed Gear

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by AlmostTrick View Post
Have you been riding the Madison? Is it no longer working out?
Just pulled it out yesterday when I got back. Flipped it to a SS and did 5+ miles on it. It works fine...probably needs a tune up, but I think for my long term goal of getting in shape and doing some distance rides a new bike would be better suited.

tell me if I'm wrong though, that was the original question of the thread.
matchstick is offline  
Old 05-16-15, 09:03 AM
  #8  
Retro Grouch 
Senior Member
 
Retro Grouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Posts: 30,023

Bikes: Catrike 559 I own some others but they don't get ridden very much.

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1498 Post(s)
Liked 452 Times in 268 Posts
NW Indiana. When I lived there I once remember taking a 50 mile ride with my neighbor in which the largest hill that we encountered was where the road crossed over a railroad track. Top of a table.

More seriously, I think that you just need to get out a little more on the Madison and see where it takes you. Whatever limitations you encounter will guide you to the characteristics that you'll want your next bike to have.
__________________
My greatest fear is all of my kids standing around my coffin and talking about "how sensible" dad was.
Retro Grouch is offline  
Old 05-16-15, 04:17 PM
  #9  
AlmostTrick
Tortoise Wins by a Hare!
 
AlmostTrick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Looney Tunes, IL
Posts: 7,202

Bikes: Wabi Special FG, Raleigh Roper, Nashbar AL-1, Miyata One Hundred, '70 Schwinn Lemonator and More!!

Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1451 Post(s)
Liked 749 Times in 401 Posts
Originally Posted by matchstick View Post
Just pulled it out yesterday when I got back. Flipped it to a SS and did 5+ miles on it. It works fine...probably needs a tune up, but I think for my long term goal of getting in shape and doing some distance rides a new bike would be better suited.

tell me if I'm wrong though, that was the original question of the thread.
See Below.

Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
More seriously, I think that you just need to get out a little more on the Madison and see where it takes you. Whatever limitations you encounter will guide you to the characteristics that you'll want your next bike to have.
I couldn't agree more with RG. Just start riding and see how it goes. No need to rush to get a new bike when you already have a perfectly fine one. After enough miles you'll know better what you want.
AlmostTrick is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
tammyinvirginia
General Cycling Discussion
42
08-26-18 06:59 PM
Lakerat
General Cycling Discussion
13
10-07-17 03:38 PM
Reodoc
Road Cycling
26
11-24-16 01:36 AM
Amy11325
General Cycling Discussion
16
08-21-15 11:54 AM
oneninetyseven
Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational)
15
01-26-12 07:22 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.