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Is a road bike right for me?

Old 03-26-16, 04:55 PM
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Is a road bike right for me?

I've been wanting to get a bike for maybe two months now, and the more I learn about bikes the more lost I become.

My goal is to ride for fitness purposes, ride a paved bike "trail" and ride around my state (CT). But I also need to use it to ride around town. The thing that bugs me, is that where I live the roads are full of cracks and bumps, some potholes, tree roots. The sidewalks are uneven as hell and cracked and broken as well. I wouldn't say I live in the hood, but for some reason the roads just seem kind of crappy. I only ride about a mile to anywhere I need to go within town though. If I were to ride outside of my town the roads get a bit better.

Also because of the crazy drivers around my town, I tend to have to hop onto curbs and run through some grass. It's not a whole lot but I don't know how easy it is for road bikes to get damaged. Of course once I leave town the roads are less bad, there's not so many cars and I can ride on the road and not fear for my life every second that I'm riding.

Right now I ride a mountain bike with broken brake lines, bad shifters, bent wheels, a front shock absorber that doesn't move, and the frame is a little bent too. I didn't do all this, I got it like this from my sister lol. But it's all I have and I want to buy a bike that I will love instead of some hunk of junk from dicks sporting goods.

I am looking to spend around 500-700 on a bike. I weigh about 225 lbs as well and I'm 6'1''
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Get a nice hybrid.
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Sounds like you want a hybrid with thicker tires (32+) for the kind of riding you describe--short trip, poor roads, hopping curbs, etc. With a hybrid you can still do 'fitness' rides of an hour or two, as well as short jaunts around town.

A road bike with narrow tires and how riding position doesn't suit the situation you describe.
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I was going to suggest a cyclocross bike but even on bikesdirect.com they start at $899. Have you visited a bike shop or two to find out what size you'll need?

I agree that a hybrid may be a good place to start. You can get a new hybrid in your price range.
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Originally Posted by mcours2006 View Post
A road bike with narrow tires and how riding position doesn't suit the situation you describe.
+1. At 225 lbs and "hopping curbs", unless you have stellar technique, narrow tires will be an issue and wheels would be done in quickly.

I was going to suggest something with tires in the 35 to 40mm range, that do not have excessive tread (knobbies will slow you down).

If you get something with shocks that can be locked out, you can have the benefit of suspension in town and then lock them and not waste as much energy when you are on smoother roads. If you don't need the shocks around town, don't get them.

A "dual sport" or cross sport or "whatever they are called" bike might be worth considering. Bikes like the Trek DS 8.3, the KHS Ultra Sport 3.0 or Giant Roam 2 or something like those.

For longer distance touring the dual sport idea might not be as good.
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Originally Posted by RonH View Post
I was going to suggest a cyclocross bike but even on bikesdirect.com they start at $899. Have you visited a bike shop or two to find out what size you'll need?

I agree that a hybrid may be a good place to start. You can get a new hybrid in your price range.
I have not visited a shop yet. Mostly because the closest one doesn't have what I was originally looking for. Although now that I've learned more I was planning to go today but they closed! So I'll have to wait until tomorrow. The thing is they only have a few brands. GT, Jamis, and Scott. I don't know if those are just some alternate form of walmart bike or if they are good. I'm really looking for something that I know is good and would want to take care of it like my little baby instead of my redheaded step child that I beat up lol. I don't even know if they do any sort of bike fitting there. I haven't seen anything on the site.

The next best bike shop is 20 miles from me, they have all kinds of stuff, giant, cannondale I think, a bunch of stuff! But it's so far I don't think I can ride 25 miles yet. I would need a taxi with a big trunk or something lol. So I haven't planned a trip that far yet.
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Originally Posted by Igualmente View Post
+1. At 225 lbs and "hopping curbs", unless you have stellar technique, narrow tires will be an issue and wheels would be done in quickly.

I was going to suggest something with tires in the 35 to 40mm range, that do not have excessive tread (knobbies will slow you down).

If you get something with shocks that can be locked out, you can have the benefit of suspension in town and then lock them and not waste as much energy when you are on smoother roads. If you don't need the shocks around town, don't get them.

A "dual sport" or cross sport or "whatever they are called" bike might be worth considering. Bikes like the Trek DS 8.3, the KHS Ultra Sport 3.0 or Giant Roam 2 or something like those.

For longer distance touring the dual sport idea might not be as good.
Thanks for the suggestions. I think I have decent technique while curb hopping lol. I pull up the front wheel before it hits, trying to not actually hit the curb, and the back wheel I sort of bunny hop it with my back feet. I just really hate feeling the shock through my body of hitting it hard so I do my best to minimize it, even on this hunk of junk thats falling apart anyways lol. I'm starting to think maybe I should get a cheap hybrid for around town and a separate road bike for going far....
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Originally Posted by Slachtbeest View Post
I have not visited a shop yet. Mostly because the closest one doesn't have what I was originally looking for. Although now that I've learned more I was planning to go today but they closed! So I'll have to wait until tomorrow. The thing is they only have a few brands. GT, Jamis, and Scott. I don't know if those are just some alternate form of walmart bike or if they are good. I'm really looking for something that I know is good and would want to take care of it like my little baby instead of my redheaded step child that I beat up lol. I don't even know if they do any sort of bike fitting there. I haven't seen anything on the site.

The next best bike shop is 20 miles from me, they have all kinds of stuff, giant, cannondale I think, a bunch of stuff! But it's so far I don't think I can ride 25 miles yet. I would need a taxi with a big trunk or something lol. So I haven't planned a trip that far yet.
GT, Jamis and Scott are all excellent brands.
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Well that's good to know. I'm going tomorrow. Really hope I find something, I was getting ready to break down and buy something from dicks sporting goods. They have some GT bikes over there, but they are all mountain bikes or small womens sized bikes.
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