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Old 06-08-14, 10:14 PM
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beginning cyclist looking in to road bikes

Bike's have long been a part of my life, but recently I have gotten more in to cycling, leaving the car at home when I'm going to work and any other short trips around town offers the opportunity to appreciate the summer weather in addition to getting some additional exercise. But the entire time I have been doing so on my mountain bike. Although it is a dated specialized it is still offers an amazing ride on the trails out here in Colorado, however the allure of getting a cheap and cool looking road bike is starting to creep in to my mind. After a couple weeks of lurking on craigslist and only driving when absolutely necessary I was wondering is it worth getting a road bike? In the summer before college, and living entirely without a car, is a road bike worth the cash and hassle of trying to maintain two bikes? I still plan on riding my mountain bike at college, since I will be close to trails, but on the other side of the coin I will be living in a city where the majority of my transportation will be done on concrete, are the speed and looks of a road bike worth it over a fat tired mountain bike. I will post a link to the craigslist ad and pictures of the bike I am looking at, if you could give me any advice as well as upgrades I may have to do it would be greatly appreciated, I was planning on upgrading at least to standard drop down handlebars rather than the bullhorn handlebars currently on it, but are there any other obvious issues or suggested upgrades you all see? is the price fair? the current owner says he had it tuned up last season but hasn't rode it because it is too big for him (it fits me) he says he threw some air in the tires after t had been stored indoors since last season and it rode and shifts well, any advice or info would be greatly appreciated!
craigslist link : Diamondback road bike
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Old 06-09-14, 06:49 AM
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I say, if you're mountain bike is a hardtail, then just use that bike for everything. Mountain bikes are some of the most versatile bikes on the planet. Mountain bikes thrive where no road bike would even attempt to tread.
As long as your mountain bike is not a full suspended mountain bike, then by all means, keep that mtb for all utilitarian purposes, including your commutes and trail riding to boot!

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Besides, college campuses are theft magnets for bicycles. Rather than investing in a used bike, which just might require more added expenses, invest in a really good lock, instead!
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Old 06-09-14, 07:45 AM
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Originally Posted by WestPablo View Post
I say, if you're mountain bike is a hardtail, then just use that bike for everything. Mountain bikes are some of the most versatile bikes on the planet. Mountain bikes thrive where no road bike would even attempt to tread.
As long as your mountain bike is not a full suspended mountain bike, then by all means, keep that mtb for all utilitarian purposes, including your commutes and trail riding to boot!
+1.

Get a second wheel set on which you put slick tires. Smooth tires will make a huge difference for street riding (will feel like a new bike) and you can still throw on the knobby tires when you want to go off-road.
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Originally Posted by cplager View Post
Get a second wheel set on which you put slick tires.
even easier
would be to get a very nice floor pump
so the tire pressure can quickly be adapted to whatever ride is planned
and the next time the tires on the mtb wear out
replace them with more lightly treaded street tires
as these can give great road performance
and are generally still acceptable for dirt
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Old 06-09-14, 10:11 AM
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i disagree with you me

if the op has a the desire and $$$ to get a road bike
then he/she should start looking
and when the ideal candidate becomes available
snap it up

but
dont buy a bike with undesirable features
like bullhorn bars
with the hope of modifying it
as that defeats the purpose of bargain hunting in the first place

just wait for a bike to come along that does not require modifications
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Old 06-09-14, 02:30 PM
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I don't know the market in Denver, but the price looks reasonable to me if everything functions well.

You're going to potentially want to change the saddle on any bike you get, so that isn't a big deal. Also, the bullhorn bars can be swapped pretty easily since the levers are drop bar levers. A set of $10 bars and a rewrap with $10 of tape, and possibly a set of brake cables if you need them to get the right cable length on the drop bars you are good to go. Maybe even cheaper because I suspect there is a bike co-op in a place like Denver where you could find a donor set of handlebars pretty cheap, or bring the bike, and possibly trade with someone who likes bullhorns.

The one question that would be key is whether you would like down-tube shifters. That would be the most expensive change to make on that bike. Some people love them, and others don't.
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