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Old 02-19-06, 10:57 AM
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I cannot believe I'm even asking this, knowing that I might be yelled at, maimed, executed, egged, assaulted....but, here we go.

Can anyone recommend a good Dept. Store Road Bike that would be good for a absolutely newb? I have a MTB that I bike with due to it's Front DISC brake, but now, I need something a little easier to train with for STP. Thanks, guys!

I'm about 6' 2'' and most of my length is in my body, not legs. I weigh about 260lbs. I know, go away. Biking makes me HEALTHY!
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Thats great that you're biking to stay healthy. Unfortunatly, I can't recommend a dept. store bike to you mainly because of your height. Dept. store bikes are one size fits all, generally about 17.5", which is waaaay to small for you, and I doubt you'd be even close to comfortable on one of those.
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There is no such thing. For $500-650 you can pick up an entry level road bike from a real manufacturer. Best of luck with the STP thing, its a great ride.
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There is only one "dept. store road bike" and it is terrible. Your best bet is finding something used, at a thrift store, or at a yardsale and putting a little money into getting it running smoothly.
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Now, while we have this lovely subject open, what's the clear diffrence between a MTB and a Road bike? I mean, cannot a MTB be used successfully as a road Bike or is there something restricting it?
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You've prolly heard this already but any bike store bike is gonna be better than any dept store bike! NOW Go AWAY!


I was in a bike store yesterday and got a look at MOTOBECANE bikes (spelling?).

Man, for the price, I thought they looked great. They had some models nearly $500. And that store was overpriced! Sure looked much better than any dept store bike I've seen.

Check them out!
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Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz
You've prolly heard this already but any bike store bike is gonna be better than any dept store bike! NOW Go AWAY!


I was in a bike store yesterday and got a look at MOTOBECANE bikes (spelling?).

Man, for the price, I thought they looked great. They had some models nearly $500. And that store was overpriced! Sure looked much better than any dept store bike I've seen.

Check them out!

Cheapest road bike that my LBS has, is a $3,000 bike. That's JUST the frame. Cannondale.
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Originally Posted by DaemonLee
Cheapest road bike that my LBS has, is a $3,000 bike. That's JUST the frame. Cannondale.

Find a different LBS than. Almost all of them are going to have a entry level road bike. Find a store that sells trek,or giant. Plus if they are a cannondale shop, they should have somet of thier lower models... I didn't even know cannondale made a $3k frame.
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I don't think Cannondale sells a $3k frame, but the LBS found one, if you get what I'm sayin'.
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No Dept. Store bike is going to be recomended here. You need to find a different LBS to go to. Where do you live I am sure a forum member can make shop recomendation.
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I live in Auburn, WA near Thomas Jefferson High School
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Road bikes:
Top tube is straight or slightly tilted down as it goes down to the seat tube.
Top of head tube is usually at the same height as the seatpost collar, or higher by just a bit.
The wheels are larger in diameter on a road bike.
The tires are skinnier and have less tread for less air resistance as it rotates, and less rolling resistance as it touches the ground.
The wheelbase (distance between the two wheels) is shorter for more responsive handling.
The handlebars are almost always below the seat so the rider can have their backs parallel or near parallel to the ground, allowing for a LOT less wind resistance (if you don't think it matters, trust me, it does).
Handlebars are dropped downwards in case one wants to do sprints or scream through downhills in a more aerodynamic position.
Modern road bikes have tons of aerodynamicized (whoo!) equipment loaded onto them.

But back to the basics...
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Go used. Ebay and Craigslist are both excellent sources for sub-300 bikes that will compete with most 6-700 offerings today.
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Originally Posted by thelung
There is only one "dept. store road bike" and it is terrible. Your best bet is finding something used, at a thrift store, or at a yardsale and putting a little money into getting it running smoothly.
used bikes are a great deal, just spend some time looking around
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Do yourself a favor check out your local authorized trek dealer,
$300-700.00 will get you what you need look for now tell them of your weight so
the get you the right bike ,for now until you loose a little I,am 5-8 210 lbs
I ride a 2004 trek 5200 but your talking $2,750.00
i got mine new/ but two years old for $1,995.00

by a year or two old ,on new bikes they never sold and have continued two
sit on the show room floor. no matter what you do keep pedaling you'll loose that
weight!
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Old 02-19-06, 01:23 PM
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So, basically, stay with the MTB until I can AFFORD a road bike. Correcto-mundo?
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Old 02-19-06, 01:39 PM
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Get a used road bike. You should have no trouble finding a used road bike on craigslist for $150 . . . or whatever your budget maybe.
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One more vote for the used bike option. For the money you will get a much better performing bike with an older steel framed bike. At your weight & height I would also be nervous about the generally poor quality of materials and assembly in a department store bike (esp. assembly). Also, when you inevitably decide you want a better bicycle, a used department store bike will essentially be useless for re-sale, re-build or anything else.

A solid old steel frame can be given new life as a supped up commuter, an errand running beater or a single speed. I have two bikes, a newer Cannondale and a ‘78 steel Peugeot (nearly as old as I am) that I have converted into a single speed. The older steel might be more fun to ride and currently sees more miles!
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how much are you willing to spend?
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$200-300, I'm trying to stay low because this would be a beginning bike, plus if I crash it, I would feel TOO bad, but still feel bad.
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Originally Posted by DaemonLee
I cannot believe I'm even asking this, knowing that I might be yelled at, maimed, executed, egged, assaulted....but, here we go.

Can anyone recommend a good Dept. Store Road Bike that would be good for a absolutely newb? I have a MTB that I bike with due to it's Front DISC brake, but now, I need something a little easier to train with for STP. Thanks, guys!

I'm about 6' 2'' and most of my length is in my body, not legs. I weigh about 260lbs. I know, go away. Biking makes me HEALTHY!
Call your local police department and see if they are going to auction off recovered bikes. My problem with buying anything on EBay or Craigs list is that I want to see it before I buy it.

Or check the classifieds in your local paper. People might be selling bikes that way.

To me buying a bike is like buying shoes - they are both something you should try on before you plunk down the cash.

And, don't foget to buy a helmet. A good helmet costs around $60. Seems like a lot I know, but neurosurgery on a fractured skull is a whole lot more expensive.
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Check out Kmart, WalMart and ToysRus. I think they have Denali's still available.

I forget the size of the frame though. Anyone have a link?
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Originally Posted by DaemonLee
$200-300, I'm trying to stay low because this would be a beginning bike, plus if I crash it, I would feel TOO bad, but still feel bad.
Try Ibex.com. I think they have a $300ish road bike that looks pretty nice. One poster here is doing an upgrade project on one. Oter than that get on ebay and get nice used one.
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Wallyworld just got a new road bike: Schwinn Varsity. Although tagged with "Schwinn", it is made by pacific bicycle. It goes for $199.99. Approx. 23lbs. Not bad for the price I guess.
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For used bikes in Seattle, check:

https://www.bikeworks.org/
https://www.recycledcycles.com/

Craig's list does have nice bikes from time to time, but if you are new to cycling and don't know your size or how to judge condition the shops above are a good place to start.

The used bike shops are easily found using a search engine typing in something like "used bikes seattle". There are shops in Auburn you should check out too as well as sales at Sports Authority in the Supermall.
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