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Hi! I'm new to road cycling and would like some help to choose a road bike!

Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway
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GMC Denali
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Schwinn Prelude
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Schwinn Phocus
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Hi! I'm new to road cycling and would like some help to choose a road bike!

Old 05-27-15, 11:37 AM
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Hi! I'm new to road cycling and would like some help to choose a road bike!

Hi! This is my first post on this forum. Also, I'm a beginner in terms of bicycle terms and mechanics, but I have enjoyed riding my bike every summer and almost everyday for over 5 years now. I am currently riding a Kranked mountain bike and I am thinking of switching to a road bike since I only ride in the city and would like a lighter and faster bike. Perhaps, I would even start commuting or participate, later on, in races with a road bike.

So I did some research, and I ended up with 3 choices of road bikes:

Diadora Firenze (CA$650):
Diadora Firenze - Equipment - Bike - Road bikes | Sports Experts

Trek 1.1C 2014 (CA$700):
TREK 1.1C | 56cm | 2014 | H2 : Boutique Martin Swiss Cycles

Scott Speedster S50 2014 (CA$720):
Scott Speedster s50 2014 | Cycle Technique

I am looking for a bike that is durable (for years), fast, light and easy to climb hills with, possibly commute or participate in races, relative to the price of around 700$ or less, so if you guys have any other suggestions than those 3, I would appreciate it! Also, my city roads are a bit bumpy and I usually ride with a backpack (most of the times, it only has a small coat with my lock and some snacks in it).

I also thought about buying entry road bikes, but I would probably end up buying a better one some years afterwards. I was thinking of the GMC Denali, Schwinn Prelude or Schwinn Phocus.

My apologies if this post is in the wrong place, move it as needed.

Thank you for hearing me out!

P.S.: Also, if you guys have a post explaining which components are better than the other (e.g.: Shimano 105 > Shimano 2200 or titanium frame > alluminium frame) please link me to it, I would like to learn more about them.

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Old 05-27-15, 11:51 AM
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The Trek and Scott you list are in fact, entry road bikes. The Schwinns and GMC are what we like to call BSO (bike shaped objects). Diadora makes football boots, so I'm not sure what they do for bikes - I'd go test ride the Scott and the Trek and get the one you like riding more.
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Originally Posted by KappaRhoXVIII View Post
I also thought about buying entry road bikes, but I would probably end up buying a better one some years afterwards. I was thinking of the GMC Denali, Schwinn Prelude or Schwinn Phocus.
Those aren't entry level road bikes. Those are road bike shaped toys that you can pedal down the road.
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Originally Posted by KappaRhoXVIII View Post
P.S.: Also, if you guys have a post explaining which ... are better ...r titanium frame > alluminium frame) please link me to it, I would like to learn more about them.
I can answer that here quickly.

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Go for the Trek..But you need to know what size fits you best.
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Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
Those aren't entry level road bikes. Those are road bike shaped toys that you can pedal down the road.
No, they ARE road bikes. Not all of us have the money or need for a $2000+ full carbon 15lb 11spd road bike. They are perfectly serviceable entry-level road bikes.

Test ride the Trek and Scott. Look around for more I had an 8spd road bike (it was a triple) and never had an issue riding it. Get what you can afford/want to spend, and ENJOY riding!
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Thanks for clarifying guys!

Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Go for the Trek..But you need to know what size fits you best.
May I know why you think the Trek is better?
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Originally Posted by nymtber View Post
No, they ARE road bikes. Not all of us have the money or need for a $2000+ full carbon 15lb 11spd road bike. They are perfectly serviceable entry-level road bikes.

Test ride the Trek and Scott. Look around for more I had an 8spd road bike (it was a triple) and never had an issue riding it. Get what you can afford/want to spend, and ENJOY riding!
I don't have a $2,000 carbon 15 lbs 11 speed road bike. I'm talking down the crappy Walmart bikes, which are crap. I see you don't say test ride the GMC and Schwinn in your follow up...
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Originally Posted by KappaRhoXVIII View Post
I am looking for a bike that is durable (for years), fast, light and easy to climb hills with, possibly commute or participate in races, relative to the price of around 700$ or less, so if you guys have any other suggestions than those 3, I would appreciate it! Also, my city roads are a bit bumpy and I usually ride with a backpack (most of the times, it only has a small coat with my lock and some snacks in it).
First, in terms of your requirements. As somebody famous once said, "Strong. Light. Cheap. Pick two". You've gone with "cheap" (or at least "entry level") with your price point; if that's what you can afford, then that's what you can afford. The "light" and "durable" requirements are not both achievable at that price point.

"Fast" and "easy to climb hills" comes with the engine -- i.e., you. Gears help, but that's a whole separate discussion.

As for commuting; road bikes generally don't have "attachments" with which to carry stuff. Road bikes generally have limited tire clearance; wider tires help when it comes to riding over debris, bumps, potholes, etc. on crowded city streets. The sensitive handling of a road bike makes them somewhat less than ideal when riding in heavy traffic. Many people do commute on road bikes, but they do come with drawbacks. (I commute on my road bike, but I have relatively quiet suburban streets and 20 miles each way).
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I vote for the trek, simply because you'd get a good bike and the name holds value if you sell it.

As noted, light, durable, and cheap are opposing factors, and if you plan to use it for hauling it's not the most useful bike. There are bikes that work for carrying things but they're typically not light, fast, or cheap. They are remarkably durable though.

Entry level bikes wouldn't be my first or even third choice for racing.
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My friend has a 1.1 Trek and he is relatively happy with it. The 8spd Claris will serve you well and do its job for some time. One bad part is the stock tires...which are pretty crappy (but most stock tires are).

I will say that if you get it, and decide you want to drop more $$ into a bike later...don't spend money on the Trek. Sell it and get another. My friend is getting the 'itis and wanting to upgrade his stuff and I keep telling him not to. He'd be better off getting a upper level bike.


Originally Posted by nymtber View Post
No, they ARE road bikes. Not all of us have the money or need for a $2000+ full carbon 15lb 11spd road bike. They are perfectly serviceable entry-level road bikes.

Test ride the Trek and Scott. Look around for more I had an 8spd road bike (it was a triple) and never had an issue riding it. Get what you can afford/want to spend, and ENJOY riding!
Need? Nah...WANT...that's the ticket. I love my full carbon, 11 speed bike...it doesn't make me a lick faster though...LOL...
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No offense to the OP but.... PLEASE GOD PLEASE CAN WE GET A NEW RIDER'S SECTION
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Originally Posted by KappaRhoXVIII View Post
Hi! This is my first post on this forum. Also, I'm a beginner in terms of bicycle terms and mechanics, but I have enjoyed riding my bike every summer and almost everyday for over 5 years now. I am currently riding a Kranked mountain bike and I am thinking of switching to a road bike since I only ride in the city and would like a lighter and faster bike. Perhaps, I would even start commuting or participate, later on, in races with a road bike.

So I did some research, and I ended up with 3 choices of road bikes:

Diadora Firenze (CA$650):
Diadora Firenze - Equipment - Bike - Road bikes | Sports Experts

Trek 1.1C 2014 (CA$700):
TREK 1.1C | 56cm | 2014 | H2 : Boutique Martin Swiss Cycles

Scott Speedster S50 2014 (CA$720):
Scott Speedster s50 2014 | Cycle Technique

I am looking for a bike that is durable (for years), fast, light and easy to climb hills with, possibly commute or participate in races, relative to the price of around 700$ or less, so if you guys have any other suggestions than those 3, I would appreciate it! Also, my city roads are a bit bumpy and I usually ride with a backpack (most of the times, it only has a small coat with my lock and some snacks in it).

I also thought about buying entry road bikes, but I would probably end up buying a better one some years afterwards. I was thinking of the GMC Denali, Schwinn Prelude or Schwinn Phocus.

My apologies if this post is in the wrong place, move it as needed.

Thank you for hearing me out!

P.S.: Also, if you guys have a post explaining which components are better than the other (e.g.: Shimano 105 > Shimano 2200 or titanium frame > alluminium frame) please link me to it, I would like to learn more about them.

I'd say None of the Above.

For $400 or less you can get a 5-20 year old bike that costed the first owner $700-$2000, which will out run all of the bikes that you have listed.

I would not recommend a carbon or carbon composite bike for an inexperienced rider,but even they are available for $200-$500 if you insist on buying one as your first road bike. As you have pointed out, if you stick with it, you'll probably be looking for a more advanced bike if you stick with it in a couple of years.

For $300 or less (I bought (3) last year for less than $100 each, but they will need TLC and tires) you should be able to find a Trek bonded aluminum bike, or a newer Trek TIG aluminum bike (there's one on eBay right now for $75 that needs a front fork and front wheel). For $200-$400 you should be able to find a Trek or Specialized Composite bike, or a full carbon bike for $500 (there have been (3) Trek Composite bikes for less than $200, and (3) more for less than $350) on the local CraigsList recently).
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First, in terms of your requirements. As somebody famous once said, "Strong. Light. Cheap. Pick two". You've gone with "cheap"
A better question is Strong, Light, Cheap or Used. Pick 3, but you can't pick Strong, Light and Cheap.
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For what some of those bikes cost, you could get a REALLY NICE used road bike. Have you looked on Kijiji? (The Canadian equivalent of Craigslist).

Why pay good money for a crap new bike, which will depreciate 50% or more the first time you ride it; when you could have a nice bike, that somebody else bought, and likely didn't ride?
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Specialized is going to sue you for not including one of their bikes.
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