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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Old 02-16-06, 09:28 PM
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Well, after some time lusting over a new road bike, I have finally taken some serious steps in picking up a new ride, hopefully by springtime. Although this is my second roadie, this will be the first time shopping and buying myself, for my first road bike was a hand me down bike from my father. Ive had my heart set on the trek 1500 for the overall package, but have been seen cheating on her after I started eyeing a cannondale r700 becuase of it's highly praised frame. Both are a round the $1,100 mark I set, but will make a decision after some test riding.

Ok, here's, the catch, I was wondering, being an 18 year old teenage college guy, do i really have a chance to lower the asking price a good bit, and get a good deal, Im not even sure how much i think i can squeeze, but I just have this idea that im going to get taken advantage of, and screwed out of a deal they would consider accepting from, say some thirty something year old. then from me. Ive read some other threads about bargaining but i feel that im in a unique situation because i am so young and inexperienced. So how would you suggest i go about this?
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I shopped for a bike last year around may 05 and I was lookin at the trek 1500, the lemond tourmalet, and the cdale r700 and ended up with the r700 and I love the choice I made. as for the bargaining I have no idea, I paid $1300 for my r700
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Jimbo, as long as you're in college I would recommend a steel bike. You're almost positively sure to have your bike stolen and it's best if it isn't one you really paid a fortune for.
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Make a lot of trips to the shop, buy every little thing you need there, get them to know your face and be a good, never difficult, customer. Get on a first name basis with the owner and sales guys/mechanics. Ask if they sponsor a team/club or can suggest one to join. With any luck you may score a team discount if you do join. But mostly this just lets the LBS know that you'll be a customer to keep long-term, one to make happy. THEN start talking about how you really need a new bike but are tight on cash, being a 'poor college kid' and all. If they know, like and value you as a customer, you won't get burned.
As far as choosing which bike, test ride them as much as the shop will allow rather than focusing on Ultegra this or 105 that. Buy the one that feels most like you'd want to spend hours on it.

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Originally Posted by cyclintom
Jimbo, as long as you're in college I would recommend a steel bike. You're almost positively sure to have your bike stolen and it's best if it isn't one you really paid a fortune for.


Where are you going to get a new steel road bike, that doesn't cost a fortune?
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Originally Posted by cyclintom
Jimbo, as long as you're in college I would recommend a steel bike. You're almost positively sure to have your bike stolen and it's best if it isn't one you really paid a fortune for.
I go to a school with more than 30,000 undergrad students, and can't think of a single person on my team who has had their road bike stolen.

You see, most college kids are smart enough to bring their nice bikes inside.

My campus bike? If someone is unfortunate enough to take the risk in stealing that P.o.S. while locked, well, they need it more than I do, and I can buy another one for $50.
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