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Old 10-31-17, 10:47 AM
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Pretty much what @mstateglfr said. Get something basic for now, and save the cash for when you realize what you don't like about the current bike.

I'm on my second "generation" of bikes. I am enjoying cycling far more now that I have had a chance to know what I wanted in a bike, and bought something along those lines, instead of just buying something nice off the bat and realizing later that it wasn't right, I couldn't get half what I paid for out of it, and would be gun shy from dropping some cash on a replacement.

That said, this time of year shops near me are starting their year-end sales, you may snag a decent deal on a model year or two old bike. If you have an REI near you, they have most of their stock on decent clearance as well right now, and they carry a higher end line than most other generic sport chains. You might check and see if any local shops have a used rack, too. One by me sells off their tradeins, generally at a pretty decent value.

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Originally Posted by GaryDGullett View Post
I've been scanning CL daily local and areas within a few hour drive. With my limited knowledge, my fear is I may get burned and spend more in the long run than maybe buying a new bike or even a new old stock.
where are you located and what size bike are you looking for(or height)?
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
where are you located and what size bike are you looking for(or height)?
I am in Kentucky and 6ft.

I think I am looking for a large.
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
Pretty much what @mstateglfr said. Get something basic for now, and save the cash for when you realize what you don't like about the current bike.

I'm on my second "generation" of bikes. I am enjoying cycling far more now that I have had a chance to know what I wanted in a bike, and bought something along those lines, instead of just buying something nice off the bat and realizing later that it wasn't right, I couldn't get half what I paid for out of it, and would be gun shy from dropping some cash on a replacement.

That said, this time of year shops near me are starting their year-end sales, you may snag a decent deal on a model year or two old bike. If you have an REI near you, they have most of their stock on decent clearance as well right now, and they carry a higher end line than most other generic sport chains. You might check and see if any local shops have a used rack, too. One by me sells off their tradeins, generally at a pretty decent value.

Closeout deals would be great! The nearest bike shop is 1 hour away so I try to stop in whenever possible.
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Originally Posted by GaryDGullett View Post
I am in Kentucky and 6ft.

I think I am looking for a large.

Bike frame sizes tend to be in CM, measuring the length of the seat tube, up from the crank axis point.
people have various leg lengths though they may be of similar overall heights..

Yes Drop into that proper bike shop and test ride bikes.





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Originally Posted by GaryDGullett View Post
I am in Kentucky and 6ft.

I think I am looking for a large.
Some brands size their bikes in S M L XL and XXL, others in cm. At around 6', you would probably be looking for a 58 cm frame. Again though, this varies based on your proportions and on personal preference. There are some 6 footers who go a little smaller, others might go larger.
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Put your measurements into the competitive cyclist fit guide. It will tell you exactly what size frame you need.
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Visit as many bike shops as you can, even if you buy a used bike on Craigslist.

Buy a bike that fits.

Ride it a lot. Start with 10 miles at a time/30 miles or so a week and ramp up to 50, 80, and then 100+ miles a week.

Once you spend a few dozen hours in the saddle, you'll know what's important.
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Thanks again for all the great advice.

A great find on CL would be ideal but we shall see.
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Old 11-02-17, 01:10 PM
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There are some really good deals on CL and yes, you can also get burned. I've found a few really nice bikes. I suspect sometimes it is just like the OP. Someone has a budget, buys a "lot" of bike, then realizes they don't like it or their interests change and the thing gets ridden very little and eventually sold.

I just found a Specialized Tarmac Comp, 2013 model I believe, for $650 with the original tires so I know it was ridden very little. Size is a couple cm smaller than I would have chosen, and I wasn't shopping for a sports car, but I believe if I can't get comfortable on it by tweaking then I can probably get my money out of it.
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Originally Posted by MRT2 View Post
Some brands size their bikes in S M L XL and XXL, others in cm. At around 6', you would probably be looking for a 58 cm frame. Again though, this varies based on your proportions and on personal preference. There are some 6 footers who go a little smaller, others might go larger.
The size really depends on inseam and torso length. The OP should take some time to measure himself and use a fit calculator like this one:

https://www.competitivecyclist.com/S...ulatorBike.jsp

Its worth the effort. For example, I'm 6'1" and ride a 56cm bike (56.5cm top tube). I have a short inseam and longer torso. So I could be quite happy on a 55cm frame with a longer top tube like a Lemond. But I never knew that when I started out getting better road bikes in high school...
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As far as deals, I saw a Cannondale CAAD 10 with complete Shimano 105 group near me for $700. If I were in the market, then I'd be all over that like white on rice. This is assuming that you want a standard road bike and don't wan't to run fenders and wider tires. If you want more of a commuting bike, then consider something like a cyclocross or gravel bike. I sometimes see a lady on a Lemond Poprad on my commute. I think that's a nice bike for the job and has tire clearence to try many different sizes. Another guy I saw on the commute had a Diamondback Haanjenn (or Haanjo). They have some interesting bikes as well but the Haanjos can get pricey pretty quick.
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Old 11-03-17, 09:32 AM
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You can't go wrong with a caad12 Cannondale with Shimano 105.

And it's right within your price range.
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Hey...

I'm new here and still learning my way around the forum. I found my way to this forum thru a google search of dealing with dogs while riding. LOL...But either way, I'm glad I did.

I realize this may be a subjective question and will most likely net lots of opinions. But I am looking to upgrade from a cheap MTB to a road bike. I ride road 90% of the time ranging in distances from 5-10 miles to 20-30. And will undoubtedly ride more once I settle on the right bike. I'm certainly a novice when it comes to biking. My current bike was actually given to me from a friend who rides $$$$ bikes. Since he doesn't have children, he has the extra cash. I, on the other hand, am limited. He rides dirt mostly and travels several hours or more away from home to ride trails. I want something I can hop on at home and ride 3-4 hours. And eventually upgrade MTB's.


Let's hear it...In your opinion, what is the the best overhaul road bike based on comfortability, components, speed, fun to ride factor, and overall value? And any other factors I'm not considering at this point.

What would YOU buy today for $1500 or less???
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So, I went to one of the LBS yesterday. The goal was to check out inventory and seek help getting fitted for a decent road bike. Like I've done here, I explained that I'm new to the bike world and thought about getting something in the 800-1000 range since many have suggested my budget may be too high. Find a bike in that range , ride it and figure out what I like and don't like. Maybe even find a deal on CL. The shop was a dealer for Giant and Cannondale.

Adam, the salesperson, was very nice and helpful but steered me to the Cannondale Synapse. Aluminim frame, disc brakes, CF fork and ?I think the 105 as well. Nice bike priced at $1600. I didn't get a chance to try it as they were very busy and I was a little limited on time. He felt I needed a 54cm bike. I sit on it and it felt a little cramped. Would have liked to have gotten the feel for a 56cm.

But all in all it seemed like a good bike. I also asked about the CAAD 12 as someone else here suggested. He states it was more of a racier bike with a geometry geared toward those riders and he didn't feel it was the best bike to start with due to my lack of experience.

Anyone have any feedback on this particular bike? Likes, dislikes? Should I be looking somewhere else? Did I get good advice?

I'm sorry I havent responded to every post here directly but I'm definitely taking everything into consideration and appreciate everyone's help.
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Old 11-05-17, 11:12 PM
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I picked up a previous years carbon giant defy with 105 components for 1500 out the door with a basic fitting
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Originally Posted by GaryDGullett View Post
So, I went to one of the LBS yesterday. The goal was to check out inventory and seek help getting fitted for a decent road bike. Like I've done here, I explained that I'm new to the bike world and thought about getting something in the 800-1000 range since many have suggested my budget may be too high. Find a bike in that range , ride it and figure out what I like and don't like. Maybe even find a deal on CL. The shop was a dealer for Giant and Cannondale.

Adam, the salesperson, was very nice and helpful but steered me to the Cannondale Synapse. Aluminim frame, disc brakes, CF fork and ?I think the 105 as well. Nice bike priced at $1600. I didn't get a chance to try it as they were very busy and I was a little limited on time. He felt I needed a 54cm bike. I sit on it and it felt a little cramped. Would have liked to have gotten the feel for a 56cm.

But all in all it seemed like a good bike. I also asked about the CAAD 12 as someone else here suggested. He states it was more of a racier bike with a geometry geared toward those riders and he didn't feel it was the best bike to start with due to my lack of experience.

Anyone have any feedback on this particular bike? Likes, dislikes? Should I be looking somewhere else? Did I get good advice?

I'm sorry I havent responded to every post here directly but I'm definitely taking everything into consideration and appreciate everyone's help.
Other than the fact that the salesman put you on a bike that is almost twice what you said you wanted to spend, he didn't steer you wrong. But it is up to you to decide if this bike fits you and if you are willing to spend that kind of money on a first bike. Without doubt, if you are going to be doing a lot of riding, it is worth it to spend the extra money on an 11 speed drivetrain, lighter weight, through axles and disc brakes. that said, you might be almost as happy with a 9 speed drivetrain, and rim brakes for under $1,000.
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Originally Posted by GaryDGullett View Post
Adam, the salesperson, was very nice and helpful but steered me to the Cannondale Synapse. Aluminim frame, disc brakes, CF fork and ?I think the 105 as well. Nice bike priced at $1600.


Anyone have any feedback on this particular bike? Likes, dislikes? Should I be looking somewhere else? Did I get good advice?.
My wife has a Synapse thats a couple years old- its Sora equipped and was right at $1000. Absurdly expensive when compared to online offerings, but in line with retail bike shop offerings. Its a very good bike for the amount she rides and for even use than that- it would be perfectly fine to ride multiple times a week year in and year out.
Bikes are basically just a bunch of consumable components and all of them wear out due to age and use- Paying more wont really get you significantly longer lasting components compared to a $1000 bike(it will get you longer lasting components compared to a $150 walmart bike).

Check with the shop to see about the Sora Synapse in your size. It now has disc brakes because disc brakes are the new suspension forks of cycling- retailers toss em on everything because consumers think they are better and necessary. But the Sora bike should still be right about $1000.
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Diamondback Century 1 ($800) or Raleigh Merit 3 ($750) are both 105 equipped aluminum endurance bikes. Get one of those.
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Originally Posted by GaryDGullett View Post
So, I went to one of the LBS yesterday. The goal was to check out inventory and seek help getting fitted for a decent road bike. Like I've done here, I explained that I'm new to the bike world and thought about getting something in the 800-1000 range since many have suggested my budget may be too high. Find a bike in that range , ride it and figure out what I like and don't like. Maybe even find a deal on CL. The shop was a dealer for Giant and Cannondale.

Adam, the salesperson, was very nice and helpful but steered me to the Cannondale Synapse. Aluminim frame, disc brakes, CF fork and ?I think the 105 as well. Nice bike priced at $1600. I didn't get a chance to try it as they were very busy and I was a little limited on time. He felt I needed a 54cm bike. I sit on it and it felt a little cramped. Would have liked to have gotten the feel for a 56cm.

But all in all it seemed like a good bike. I also asked about the CAAD 12 as someone else here suggested. He states it was more of a racier bike with a geometry geared toward those riders and he didn't feel it was the best bike to start with due to my lack of experience.

Anyone have any feedback on this particular bike? Likes, dislikes? Should I be looking somewhere else? Did I get good advice?

I'm sorry I havent responded to every post here directly but I'm definitely taking everything into consideration and appreciate everyone's help.
Don't worry about responding to people individually. Carbon fiber and Aluminum bikes are good and they are light. But the CF bikes in the lower price ranges in my opinion are like aluminum bikes - they are really stiff and do not ride well. This is why I recommended a steel frame. I would shy away from carbon fiber forks - that is because I have had three of them break. But I have also been riding CF since it came out and a lot of these things could be said to have been experimental.

Bike fit is everything so don't buy a bike you don't feel comfortable on. And be aware that each person generally has different tastes in saddles so it is unlikely that you will find a bike with a saddle you are satisfied with. Also remember that if you become a serious cyclist you will probably graduate to clipless pedals though there are many serious cyclists that use flat pedals because the majority of falls a cyclist takes is because he can't clip out in time to put a foot down before he falls.
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Everyone answers from their own preferences and mostly the kinds of bikes they've bought themselves, which is fine because that's what you asked. But keep in mind that's it's all opinion not hard and fast rules.

For my part, I am completely indifferent to 105 level, above or below, and mostly agnostic about what brand or quality the frame is. Unless you anticipate lining up in mass start road races and competing for the finish, these involve nuances that aren't very important. In your situation I reason that since I want to ride on the road, longer distances, faster, the first priority is a road bike - which seems obvious, but it eliminates variations such as hybrids, 29'rs, flat bar, CX, townies, fixed gear etc so that's helpful. Road bike geometry and gearing, likely something more "endurance" style than aggressive racing machines. That narrows it down from "aerodynamic" framed featherweight bikes.

Choices are easier from that starting perspective. Look closely into variations of road frame geometry (angles and wheelbase mostly) and what is associated with each, and you'll have actual numbers to quantify with, while ignoring the unhelpful marketing fluff of bike reviews. Figure out or find out the bike's weight so you don't wind up with a 25 pound road bike. 20 pounds or 22 pounds is fine - it's not just the extra few pounds, but something is a compromise on really heavy bikes and the compromise affects the ride. So I'd just use that number, say over 22, as a cutoff deal-killer.

Within those parameters, my strong preference for a "newbie", if you really are, is buying new rather than some used bike. No rabbit-hole with a new, rationally-selected bike. Standard, modern parts. The budget may range from as little as 5 or $600 and up depending on your specific criteria. But don't agonize over choices, because entry-level is more uniform and the bigger priority is get a bike and start riding!
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Diamondback Century 1 ($800) or Raleigh Merit 3 ($750) are both 105 equipped aluminum endurance bikes. Get one of those.
also Fuji Sportif ... also check out Bikes Direct.

Yo can always buy Cannondale stickers online.

AL frame, CF forks, discs if you want them--if you get mech discs you Must get Spyres. Any bike which offers all that will be by and large the same as any other bike which offers all that.

Except for the stickers.
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For my part, I am completely indifferent to 105 level, above or below, and mostly agnostic about what brand or quality the frame is. ... Figure out or find out the bike's weight so you don't wind up with a 25 pound road bike. 20 pounds or 22 pounds is fine - it's not just the extra few pounds, but something is a compromise on really heavy bikes and the compromise affects the ride. So I'd just use that number, say over 22, as a cutoff deal-killer.
Wheels, tires, and seat post/saddle are where the heavier bikes tend to get heavier. Saddle will likely change, seat post is $30. Wheels get pricey.

I can also agree that while 105 is as good as you will ever need (unless to compete very seriously) Sora and Tiagra are great groups functionally. They also lack the name cachet but if you are out riding your bike that makes no difference.

Yesterday I did 3.5 hours on a 2014 Dawes from BikesDirect which I have upgraded some. It has 9-speed Tiagra (4500) from years ago, but i tunes d it properly and it works flawlessly and why should I care? (Modern Sora is also 9-speed and better than the two-generations-old Tiagra from what I hear.)

I have bikes with 10-speed Tiagra, 11-speed 105 and Ultegra ... but for a long ride (for me) I chose an old AL-frame/CF-fork mail-order bike with five-year-old components, a $22 seat post and an $11 saddle. And glad I did.
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Getting the best road bike under 1500 could be tricky because most of the sturdiest, high-end bikes cost a lot more than that. But we have tried our best to sift through the best options and have shortlisted to of the best options from which you can choose as per your needs.
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