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Old 05-18-17, 04:42 PM
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Any thoughts on this bike?

I am new to riding and enjoying it so far. I have a Walmart mountain bike that I have been riding 6-7 miles at a time in 30-40 minutes. I would like to start going further, faster and eventually commute a few times a week. My work is about 10 miles away, so I definitely know it's doable.

I want to get an inexpensive used first road bike to get started and learn what I like and don't like. Does anyone have any opinions on this bike?

Panasonic DX 3000 Light Racing Road Bike 17" Frame For 125. I am unable to post a link because I do not yet have 10 posts, but can try to post some pictures?

I know it's pretty old, but it would fit the criteria of being cheap and used. I am 6'1, so from what I've read, it should be the right size. Would it be a good starter or should I stay away, save up and continue with the current bike for now?
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Old 05-18-17, 04:47 PM
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Ok, I can't post pictures either. If anyone wants to find it to help, it's on Craigslist in Broward, Floria. I will post the link once I have ten posts!
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Old 05-18-17, 04:53 PM
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A 17" (42,5cm)road frame is far too small for someone your height. Even a mountain bike that size would be too small. Before you look farther, most road bikes will be measured in centimeters and you should be looking in the 56-58 cm range
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Old 05-18-17, 04:57 PM
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Agreed, a 17" bike is WAY, WAY, WAY (INFINITE "WAYS") too small for you. Move on. However, I will disagree with alcjphil above. I'd be looking for a 58-62 cm bike for you. It depends on your inseam though.

Road bikes are typically measured in centimeters.

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https://miami.craigslist.org/brw/bik/6122324624.html

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Old 05-18-17, 05:00 PM
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Thank you both for the insight! I am happy I asked before getting it and regretting it, forcing me to stop before I even got started. I guess I'll keep on looking.
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Old 05-18-17, 05:13 PM
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A good local bike shop that sells used bikes might be an interesting alternative for you. You will pay a bit more but you can try the bike and the shop owners can help you with your decision
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Google bike fitting and/or bike frame charts for someone your height.
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Originally Posted by alcjphil View Post
Before you look farther, most road bikes will be measured in centimeters and you should be looking in the 56-58 cm range
I'd suggest 60cm to start, or possibly greater.
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Old 05-19-17, 06:36 AM
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Where in Broward are you? I mostly know shops in the south and central Broward area. Big Wheel Cycle is a very good shop. They have a clearance outlet on the north side of Pines Blvd just east of University Drive. You can get great discounts on previous year's models, that are still brand new. I like them a lot. They have an excellent repair shop. They have several shops around Broward including one on Sunrise Blvd.

Lee's Bicycle Shop and Locksmith is in Hollywood on the east side of US 1 (Federal Highway) just north of Johnson Street. I bought a road bike (Jamis Quest) there about 5 years ago. Their repair shop is excellent. They sell some low priced road bikes (around $300) which is good because most local bike shops have road bikes that rarely start under $500.
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Old 05-19-17, 07:04 AM
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FWIW, I'm 5-10, and I am comfortable on a ~23"/57cm frame.
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Old 05-19-17, 07:19 AM
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
FWIW, I'm 5-10, and I am comfortable on a ~23"/57cm frame.
FWIW, I am 5'10", and fit on a 52.

I am a mutant with 28" inseams...
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Old 05-19-17, 07:22 AM
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Originally Posted by rgconner View Post
FWIW, I am 5'10", and fit on a 52.

I am a mutant with 28" inseams...
Odd, I am mostly the same (29"ish inseams). I can't fit my torso over most 52cm top tubes, I'm way too cramped.
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Yes 17" is WAY too small for your height. As others have alluded to OP, get a bike that fits you. It's extremely important.
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Old 05-19-17, 07:38 AM
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FYI and for what it's worth...sizing can be very different from person to person. So like the comments above, I would do some research before buying.

I am almost 6'3" and ride a 58
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Originally Posted by Garilia View Post
Where in Broward are you? I mostly know shops in the south and central Broward area. Big Wheel Cycle is a very good shop. They have a clearance outlet on the north side of Pines Blvd just east of University Drive. You can get great discounts on previous year's models, that are still brand new. I like them a lot. They have an excellent repair shop. They have several shops around Broward including one on Sunrise Blvd.

Lee's Bicycle Shop and Locksmith is in Hollywood on the east side of US 1 (Federal Highway) just north of Johnson Street. I bought a road bike (Jamis Quest) there about 5 years ago. Their repair shop is excellent. They sell some low priced road bikes (around $300) which is good because most local bike shops have road bikes that rarely start under $500.
I am in the Sunrise area. I will definitely check out both shops you mentioned. Thanks!
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I saw a site that someone referenced on another post where you can enter all your measurements to get a good sizing. I will do that, but also think I am just going to go to one of the LBS mentioned above and make sure to get into a correctly sized bike. I don't want to end up buying something too small, hating it and quitting/wasting money!
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Originally Posted by schreibz View Post
I saw a site that someone referenced on another post where you can enter all your measurements to get a good sizing. I will do that, but also think I am just going to go to one of the LBS mentioned above and make sure to get into a correctly sized bike. I don't want to end up buying something too small, hating it and quitting/wasting money!
+1 GREAT IDEA. It will save you a lot of $ and frustration...not to mention comfort. Odds are, if the size is wrong you will not enjoy cycling.
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
Odd, I am mostly the same (29"ish inseams). I can't fit my torso over most 52cm top tubes, I'm way too cramped.
very long stems.


I think the current one is a 180mm. Might be 170. It is on my fixie, which is an old 80's Japanese frame.

Which by and large are not available anymore.

Or a custom bike, which I was fortunate enough to be able to afford 15+ years ago.


Nowadays there are more bikes that "fit" because of dropped top tubes don't mean racking my nuts on tube.

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Originally Posted by schreibz View Post
I saw a site that someone referenced on another post where you can enter all your measurements to get a good sizing. I will do that, but also think I am just going to go to one of the LBS mentioned above and make sure to get into a correctly sized bike. I don't want to end up buying something too small, hating it and quitting/wasting money!
The shops I mentioned are great at helping you get fitted and dialed in correctly. Buying a used bike through Craigslist, pawn shops, and used sporting goods stores means a lot of time searching for the diamond in the rough. At least that was my experience in South Florida 6-7 years ago when I bought my hardtail and my road bike. You also need to be good at bike repairing, or pay a good repair shop to make it road ready in most cases.

Both shops I've mentioned have been in business for over 30 years (Lee's has been in business for over 50). My experience 6-7 years ago had me traveling all over Broward and North Dade county to different bike shops. Some are really high end, and some didn't even ask me if I needed assistance. Some bike shops (Bike America for instance) only sells current year models and charges full MSRP. They try to sell you on the "Bike America" advantage which involves a free tuneup after 30 days and a lifetime warranty on the frame. Most LBS (local bike shops) offer that same service, and the frame warranty comes from the manufacturer, not the vendor. Most frames don't break under normal wear and tear. And good luck getting the company to stand behind that warranty if the frame was damaged due to negligence or an accident.

I'm currently in the market for a road oriented hybrid for my 13 year old son, and will buy from one of these shops. I figure if i'm going to spend between $300-400 on a bike, I'd rather get a model that's a year or two old, but still brand new for 20-30% off of its original price (so a bike that was originally $500-600) than to pay $350 for a $350 bike.

Big Wheel Cycles USA, Inc. | Hollywood, FL | Bicycle Shop

954-925-5157 Lee's Locksmith & Bicycle Shop 954-391-5484

For example, my 2010 pearl white Jamis Quest had an MSRP of $1,725, and I paid $1,100 at Lee's bike shop. Lee's tends to take last year's bikes when shops like Bike America give them back to the distributor to make room for the current models.

https://www.bicyclebluebook.com/sear....aspx?id=19572

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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
FWIW, I'm 5-10, and I am comfortable on a ~23"/57cm frame.
Originally Posted by rgconner View Post
FWIW, I am 5'10", and fit on a 52.

I am a mutant with 28" inseams...
Well HA. I'm 5'10" and I ride a 54 cm mostly, but can also ride 56s comfortably. Anything bigger and I'm uncomfortable.

I suppose that stands to show that bike fitting is very personal.
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