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Old 06-02-06, 07:09 PM
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Road Bike Newbie in San Francisco

Hello all. First time posting here.

Well, the school year is over in 2 weeks (I'm in high school) and summer vacation is about to begin. I've become interested in road biking lately and want to get into it over the summer. I need something to do then just sit on my ass.
I've never road a road bike before but I would sure love to start now. '

I am currently looking for a good but inexpensive road bike to buy. I live in San Francisco, there are a lot of bike shops here but I don't know where to start. Should I go to an independtly owned store like "Valencia Cyclery" or other stores near the Haight or should I go to a store that sells things more than bikes? Such as "Lombardi Sports", "REI", etc?

Also, I'm not too worried about brand but I was wondering if there are some brands I should stay away from or generic brands or places where I shouldn't buy a road bike?

I've been eyeing these so far:
https://lombardisports.com/cycle_prod_LEMOND-Etape.aspx
https://www.sportsbasement.com/jump.j...ProductID=9278
https://pacbikes.com/itemdetails.cfm?catalogId=39&id=520
https://pacbikes.com/itemdetails.cfm?...gId=39&id=1285
https://pacbikes.com/itemdetails.cfm?...gId=39&id=1172
https://mikesbikes.com/itemdetails.cf...ogId=39&id=721
https://mikesbikes.com/itemdetails.cf...ogId=39&id=844

Are there any other suggestions? As you can see, I want to spend less than 700 dollars. I'm looking for a bike where I'm and not too hunched over cause I don't want to kill my back in a day. I plan to ride 15 miles a day over the summer. Thanks!

I have seen the road bikes under 700 dollars but part of it is outdated!

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Old 06-02-06, 07:22 PM
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If you go to the pages toward the end you get more recent posts in the $700 thread. What school? I'm graduating next week up at Sonoma High, gonna get loads of riding in this summer.
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Lowell High School, named after the poet James Lowell
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Whatever you get, make sure you get a good climbing gear for SF.
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Lowell High School, named after the poet James Lowell
..and a damn good high school it is.
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..and a damn good high school it is.

hehe, yes it is, 2nd best in the state, 26th best in the country
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Independent owner-managed shops usually give you better service. The chains sometimes have a better selection.
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Originally Posted by Patriot
Whatever you get, make sure you get a good climbing gear for SF.
No kidding.
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im not too worried about going up hills. which bike gets the best bang for the buck?
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i was wondering... whats the difference with these pedals then the ones with the straps? are these clipless?

https://fujibikes.com/2006/bikes.asp?id=132#
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Originally Posted by 0810
i was wondering... whats the difference with these pedals then the ones with the straps? are these clipless?

https://fujibikes.com/2006/bikes.asp?id=132#
that bike weights over 24 lbs! even with a $700 bike, you should be able to find a bike in the 20 lbs. range. check out the thread for bikes under $700 bucks. check out soma bikes, they are local to san francisco but it might be a little more than 700 bucks. you can see them at american cyclery on stanyan.

and those pedals don't look like clipless, they just don't have clips, but hard to really say since I really can see them.
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Originally Posted by fogrider
and those pedals don't look like clipless, they just don't have clips, but hard to really say since I really can see them.
Crankset Fuji Forged Aluminum Road 30/42/52T Chainring

Bottom bracket Fuji Square Taper w/Sealed cartridge bearing

Pedals Wellgo Road

and how long is the learning curve for a road bike?
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Originally Posted by 0810
(snip) ...and how long is the learning curve for a road bike?
Not long at all, but if you plan to spend a lot of time riding it, having a professional fitting will make all the difference in the world between long comfortable rides and short uncomfortable ones.

You can start by going through THIS EXERCISE.
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The Competitive Fit The Eddy Fit The French Fit
Seat tube range c-c 54.3 - 54.8 55.5 - 56.0 57.2 - 57.7
Seat tube range c-t 56.0 - 56.5 57.2 - 57.7 58.9 - 59.4
Top tube length 53.9 - 54.3 53.9 - 54.3 55.1 - 55.5
Stem Length 11.2 - 11.8 10.1 - 10.7 10.3 - 10.9
BB-Saddle Position 71.8 - 73.8 71.0 - 73.0 69.3 - 71.3
Saddle-Handlebar 52.9 - 53.5 53.7 - 54.3 55.4 - 56.0
Saddle Setback 5.5 - 5.9 6.7 - 7.1 6.2 - 6.6
Seatpost Type NON-SETBACK SETBACK SETBACK

ill take the french fit, thanks
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Originally Posted by 0810
hehe, yes it is, 2nd best in the state, 26th best in the country
Uh...that would be a public school rating system, which is not saying a whole lot. Our public schools are in a damn mess. And why is it that a significant number of seniors cannot pass the exit exam, which is geared at the 8th grade level? And why the heck is California rated 48th in the Nation (one up from Mississippi)? Sorry, too depressed from interviewing recents grads in my industry (pharmaceuticals) who cannot spell, articulate a simple sentence, and use too much slang. Give me a grad from India please as they are WELL prepared. OK, I am ranting..
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If I was in the market for a quality inexpensive bike I'd take a look out at sport basement (the one in the Presidio). They seem to have pretty good prices on most things. Or if your willing to sift through the ads and look at a few bikes you could probably find a pretty nice newer used bike off craigs list.

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Originally Posted by jimx200
Uh...that would be a public school rating system, which is not saying a whole lot. Our public schools are in a damn mess. And why is it that a significant number of seniors cannot pass the exit exam, which is geared at the 8th grade level? And why the heck is California rated 48th in the Nation (one up from Mississippi)? Sorry, too depressed from interviewing recents grads in my industry (pharmaceuticals) who cannot spell, articulate a simple sentence, and use too much slang. Give me a grad from India please as they are WELL prepared. OK, I am ranting..

sure.. everyone at our school passed the exit exam, and to let you know, graduating with an overall gpa of 3.33 is still in the bottom 20% of a graduating class, we are also the largest feeding school to the UC system, primarily berkeley, and our school is a magnet school. and the suicdie rate of the student body is so high that when it does happen, no one in the school ever knows about it because it becomes censored and its taboo.
california rated 48? im not surprised, CA is so big in population, thus more schools, even if several school were top in the state, it wouldn't outweigh the other schools that arent doing so well.
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Lot's of cool indie shops, but I like Freewheel on Valencia and American on Stanyan.

Best thing you can do for yourself/your family and other motorists is take an Urban Cycling class, this one offered by the SF Bicycle Coalition: https://www.sfbike.org/?edu There's one coming up this month out in the Avenues, Lowell territory.

All those bike lanes you see in the city are a result of SFBC's actions. If it weren't for them motorists would have zero respect for bicyclists, like in the old days (been riding in the city for 20 yrs).

Take the course, but buy the bike first and budget SFBC $10 or whatever for what they do.
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I am actually looking for something similar in the city.

I was looking at that specialized, but am still going through my options.

What I am planning on doing is just taking a run through the many bike shops in sf and seeing what last year model bikes they may have. I have heard good things about box dogs, mikes bikes, and freewheel.

Let me know if you find anything especially interesting, I would rather find something local than order something from the net. (only because I am way too impatient to wait an extra week.)
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Originally Posted by jimx200
Uh...that would be a public school rating system, which is not saying a whole lot. Our public schools are in a damn mess. And why is it that a significant number of seniors cannot pass the exit exam, which is geared at the 8th grade level? And why the heck is California rated 48th in the Nation (one up from Mississippi)? Sorry, too depressed from interviewing recents grads in my industry (pharmaceuticals) who cannot spell, articulate a simple sentence, and use too much slang. Give me a grad from India please as they are WELL prepared. OK, I am ranting..
the problem is that so many rich parents are sending their kids to private schools...then who is left in the public schools? there is a large number of kids that where english is not their first language. these are some of the reasons why they're not passing the exit exam.
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Yeah...I administered the exit exam last year, and the sad thing is that it is the EASIEST test I have ever seen.

Easier than SATs, the GED, and any other standardized test you could think of. The only test that I have taken that is easier, is the CBEST exam you have to take to get your credential. It's so easy that it is designed to be passed when you are in 10th grade, when they first give you a chance to pass it. If they can't pass that test, they don't deserve a diploma.

It's a sad system.

But yeah...woooo bikes!
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I like the fellas over at Roaring Mouse. Irving and 14th I think. When I was building up my single speed they let me try different freewheels without any extra charge. And not just dinky rides around the block. So ever since then I've always gone to them when I needed stuff. Not a huge fan of American Cyclery ever since they tried to charge me for a USED bike box and gave me a condescending reply when I told them I'd go somewhere else. Sign up for a San Francisco Bike Coalition membership. You get discounts at certain bike shops.
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can you bargain at independent shops?
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Dude,

If you'r4 in the SF Bay Area, rake a look at Craig's List. Lots of bikes bought and sold there. You gotta know what you're looking at, but you can find a real deal if you're patient.

Heck, I've got a 2003 Lemond Nevada City I'll sell ya.......
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Originally Posted by bigbossman
Dude,

If you'r4 in the SF Bay Area, rake a look at Craig's List. Lots of bikes bought and sold there. You gotta know what you're looking at, but you can find a real deal if you're patient.

Heck, I've got a 2003 Lemond Nevada City I'll sell ya.......
really? my sister lives in san leandro, not too far.
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