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Buying my first road bike

Old 02-08-06, 02:14 PM
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Buying my first road bike

I am in the market to buy my first road bike, and am looking at a Specialized Allez Triple, it costs 650. Is this a good bike? Will it handle my 230lbs, or is there a better deal for a better or different bike. I am not committed to any certain brand, but this bike is available at the LBS. To see a picture of this bike you can visit https://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=12390

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Personally, I love mine. It' a lot of bang for the buck in my opinion. I've got about 1,000 miles on mine without a lick of problems. I'd say go for it.
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laneman,
That's a decent quality starter bike in my opinion. If the shop offers free tune-ups for at least 2-3 years, it's a good buy. As far as the weight goes, the bike should be fine, but talk to your shop about it...
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Originally Posted by Lucky07
laneman,
That's a decent quality starter bike in my opinion. If the shop offers free tune-ups for at least 2-3 years, it's a good buy. As far as the weight goes, the bike should be fine, but talk to your shop about it...

+1...your weight is fine...my father in law has one...nice bike...very clean...if there is a local performance or supergo you can get a good deal on the 05s that are left...
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Originally Posted by laneman34
Will it handle my 230lbs, or is there a better deal for a better or different bike.
I ride a Trek 1000 -- Trek's answer to the Allez (Or is the Allez Specialized's answer to the Trek 1000? You decide.) I bought it at 267 pounds (now sub 240, thanks for asking) and it's held up fine. I can't see the Allez responding any differently, especially since you are starting off weighing less than I do now.
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I test rode one of those when I was bike shopping last year and I have to say that I liiked the ride very much. I would not worry about the weight issue with that bike, it will hold up. The Allez is a nice starter bike and should serve you quite well.

Now having said that, I ended up with a LeMond because it fit better.

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The bike can handle your weight, but your weight will stress the wheels, especially if you ride fast on poor surfaces. Make sure that the wheels are well trued when you take delivery of the bike. Get them trued again after about thirty days of riding. Get them checked out at least every six months after that.

A 28mm tire will provide a lot more protection for your rims than a 23mm tire. Keep your tires at the maximum PSI listed on the sidewall (a 120 pound rider can often ride at FAR lower PSI levels...but not a 220 pound rider).

My guess is: if you ride four or five times a week, next year you may be a 190 pound rider. Enjoy your new bike!
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Hey guys thanks for all the advice, but one last question what size bike do I get? I am 6'1'' tops.
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Another satisfied owner of an Allez Triple. Bought it late last summer, have put 1000ish miles on it. I am not so much a fan of the sora shifters and want to upgrade them soon. Otherwise, I looooove it.
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Originally Posted by laneman34
Hey guys thanks for all the advice, but one last question what size bike do I get? I am 6'1'' tops.
One of the advantages of a LBS is you can go for a fit. Depending on how you are proportioned and different bikes have different angles and size tubes I would say somewhere between 58cm and 60cm. I'm 6' and ride either a 58 or 59cm bike. Just for example my 59 seems smaller to me than the 58.
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Each bike sizing is somewhat up to intrepretation to some. Let the LBS fit you. I am 6'0" and ride a 56cm Trek Pilot 2.1

LBS will let you know.
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BTW- great entry level bike. You could also upgrade the components down the road if you wanted to keep the bike. I like the relaxed geometry as I call it for more upright sitting on the saddle. That was purpose of me buying my Trek Pilot.
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Originally Posted by laneman34
Hey guys thanks for all the advice, but one last question what size bike do I get? I am 6'1'' tops.

Probably anywhere between a 56cm and 62 cm. It depends on how you are built. Your torso and reach probably has more to do with the size than your height.
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This is my Allez triple. I upgraded after putting about 2500 miles on the sora and tiagra parts. I now have a 105 crank, Ultegra FD & RD, and 105 shifters. I also upgraded my wheelset to Bontrager Race. I love my bike!!!!!!!!!!!!! You'll be happy with an Allez.
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make sure you try out the other bikes in the simliar price range before you take the plunge.

Most notably the:
Trek 1000/1200 (9sp)
Giant OCR 3/OCR 2 (9sp)
Allez Sport (9sp)
Personally, I prefered the Trek 1000 when I was shopping for an entry level bike. It felt a little lighter and a bit sportier.

Also, I would spend just A LITTLE bit more to get a 9 speed bike (Tiagra). You're going to like the STI shifting a little bit better over the thumb levers of the Sora.

Also, I believe 8 speed is going to be on the way out quickly. Parts are also harder to obtain for 8 speed. Say you broke your 8 speed shifters, you won't be able to swap those out with the 105 9 speed levers that are on sale right now for $120. Lots of reasons to go 9 speed... just spend a little bit more, and you'll have a bike that will be easier to upgrade down the line.
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laneman,

I'd second what DJ said above.

Had an interesting coversation with a bike shop salesman. I had already bought my new bike (Allez Elite Triple) and we were just shooting the breeze until a mechanic gave my bike a final once over.

We were discussing Sora, which I have on my other bike. The salesman said that Sora shifter work fine, the problem was with durability. He said they specifically made for casual/low mileage bikes and if a rider was planning on putting heavy mileage on a bike, it was worth upgrading to Tiagra. He said for the money Tiagra is a lighter, more efficient, more durable group. The Salesguy claims Shimano spent an enormous amount of time and money doing R & D for Tiagra.

If you're planning on putting over a 1000 miles per year on your bike, it's probably worth checking out a full Tiagra group.
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I love mine, just turned 1000 miles no problems at all.
I swapped out the stock seat first thing, I hate the Specilized BG seats.
I'm 5'11, 175 34 in inseam and I ride a 58c.
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Originally Posted by laneman34
Hey guys thanks for all the advice, but one last question what size bike do I get? I am 6'1'' tops.
Best thing is to have the guys at the bike shop fit you. The ol' standby rule is to have an inch or so of clearance between your crotch and the top tube. That may be a good place to start but it's more complicated than that. A good fit is very important.

If the bike don't fit; it'll just sit(in the garage).
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The Allez has compact geometry, so the 1" rule doesn't strickly apply. For reference, I'm a shade over 6ft. and got the 58. But you really need to get on the bike and check it out yourself.
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i agree, the 1 inch rule thing and others.. with compact frames do not go at all. I would say get a Ridley compact in large size. That it will fit perfect. I know u dont want to spend a lot of money anyways... but those frames a sure thing racing machines.

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I too am looking at getting this bike. How does it compare to the Felt F90? I have ridden the Felt and like it better than the Trek 1000 and the Giant OCR3. The final comparison I have is the F90 and Allez. Luckily my lbs sells them both. What should I expect?
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I can recommend the Allez Triple. Bang for the buck, it's a great bike. I've put about 5000 miles on it, but since I'm heavily into training for racing and racing, i'm selling my Allez triple and getting a CF bike.

In any case though, it's a solid bike. Try to buy it from a shop that offers at least a year, if not more, of free tune-ups. I don't know how mechanically proficient you are with bikes, but with regular maintenance, this bike should last you quite some time.
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