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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

Just some newbie questions :D

Old 07-07-05, 02:15 PM
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Hi there, right now I am using a mountain bike, I used to go off jumps, head into the forrest, all that jazz. But recently I find myself just trying to go fast and enjoy the bike trails with it.

I am starting to think that a road bike might be for me! But now heres the problem, I am afraid it will be too flimsy for me. I am a bit overweight (about 180lbs) But I play to lose about 30 of that by the time I buy a new bike, just want some info.

I want a bike that will mainly be used on the paved bike trails within my city, but I want to do time trial type stuff, I need something really fast but that can take a steep hill from time to time without buckling out from under me. I also need something under $1500 US. I would like to eventually get into racing events or even just group rides, so I need a bike that will carry me through that.

You guys got any suggestions? I personally like the TREK brandname, although my family ussually goes with specialized (mountain bikes though)
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Old 07-07-05, 02:22 PM
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180 pounds is not that heavy. Any $1500 bike should be fine for your weight. There are some ultralight racing bikes that may not be strong enough for you, but those are way out of your price range.

Trek and Specialized both make fine road bikes in the $1500 price range. Giant, Bianchi, Cannondale, etc. are also fine. Take some test rides at your local bike shop and buy whatever fits you the best.
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Old 07-07-05, 02:23 PM
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180 isnt super heavy weight.. you wont BUCKLE your frame, if its a good one... a road bike with aero bars might let you do TTs... 1500 is a good amount... :usesearch:
Lastly brandname aint worth squat.. Its the 'ride' you are after.. Testride, testride, testride.. any and every brand in your LBS...
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Old 07-07-05, 02:27 PM
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180 heavy?

There a lot of guys here that would love to be down to 180...including me.

Nope, that's no issue.
Anything you buy will work just fine. Just pay good attention to proper fit and size. A good LBS will work with you on that in terms of suggestions , fittings, and test rides.
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Old 07-07-05, 02:33 PM
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Well, you know, lotsa the bikers I see on road bikes are easily <140lbs, so just thought I would mention it, I don't know how much durability they start carving off of these bikes for less weight . Well thankyou, and whens the best time to get a good deal on a bike? Fall or Winter? I am in Canada where it snows in the winter, I am planning on riding next year but getting the best price possible this year, only problem is test rides are impossible in the winter.
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I rode a Trek 1000 for 15 years and weighed over 200 the whole time with no problems. Visit your local bike shops and ride as many bikes as you can in your price range. Spend as much time on the bike as they will let you, take it out on the road if possible, not just a loop around the parking lot. Buy the one that fits and feels the best as similary priced bikes should all have comparable components. As a mountain bike rider, you already have helmet, gloves, etc, but make sure to budget for shoes and pedals. If you have clipless on your mountain bike and already have shoes, you can get buy using mtb pedals on your road bike. I do. Good Luck
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Okay I have another question... http://www2.trekbikes.com/Bikes/bikefinder/ . I see that there is a section for road bikes, just on the road (Not really what I want to do) And Bike paths is the next one over, which really have none of the bikes that can be seen in this forum and the faster looking ones with your hands way down out front.

Is there anything stopping someone from taking a roadbike onto a bike path? I don't quite understand EEK!
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Hybrid candidate?
Put a little smoother tire on it and you can go both ways.
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Originally Posted by Hipcycler
Hybrid candidate?
Put a little smoother tire on it and you can go both ways.

Oh no. The OP wants to join a club and maybe race, and a hybrid ain't gonna work. Yes I know you can go fast on 'em. But would you trade your road bike for a hybrid, Hip? I think not. A good road bike is cycling in its most brilliant form, IMO. A good road bike is pure joy punctuated by moments of pain that let you know you're alive. A good road bike is design, engineering, speed, handling. A good road bike is like a lovingly crafted wine or pungent, spicy Belgian ale. A hybrid is like a nice pair of slacks. Okay... I'm way over the top here. But when I'm finally pulling kids in a trailer I'll think about a hybrid. Untill then, I'm using the road bike.

Take the MTB on the trails and the road bike on the road. 1500 US will get you a nice bike that should last you a long time. Try as many as you can and find the one that fits you best, the one you feel the best on.
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Rjkresse and all, thankyou so much for taking the time to reply.

Let me take this chance to just recap what I wish to do with this bike. This bike is going to be on pavement only, on the ride to the river valley bike trail in my city, and than through the bike trail and back home. I do not plan to go over any big bumps on this bike, the only stress it will get is going pretty fast down a few steep hills that can be found in the river valley.

I guess I should just go out and ride one, see how sturdy they are, I would immagine that going on the trails with steep inclines and whatnot would be just fine, but ya never know!

The racing would come at a later date. right now I would just like to time myself every few days and try to push out the fastest time I can through the river valley, I think that would be very fun. , racing and a club would probably come in the following yr or 2 or 3. So if a hybrid is going to be good for that, thats fine. I just wanna light bike that seems effortless to ride, but afterwards you feel the burn in your legs and you know you just pushed yourself harder than you ever have

Thankyou all again


PS- What do ya'll think about the Trek 7700 FX? Its a hybrid but looks like a pretty mean one. http://www.roadbikereview.com/mfr/tr...0_5672crx.aspx
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Oh...for what you describe I think a grand will serve you well.
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Hi nightsky,
ever thought about a 'cross bike? You could go fast on the road, and you would also be able to take it into the forests and add some spice and variety to your training.

otherwise the other posters are spot on. 1500 is a great price point, and if you are looking at trek the 1000 and the 1200 are good looking bikes.
The 1200 is also made in Wisconsin.

Good luck
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Just a note, if you want to do TT stuff and will only be using the bike on paved surfaces, I think I true road bike might be the way to go. Don't underestimate the benefit of a good set of drop bars to make you faster than flat bars would. Plus, they give you more hand positions. And I know its a total OCP thing, but road bikes just look faster.
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