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New Road Bike Help!!!!

Old 02-15-07, 12:51 PM
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New Road Bike Help!!!!

I'm a newbie to buying a bike since I'm replacing my '84 Road Bike.

I'm 36 male, 6'1 163lbs - work out 90 mins cardio 5x a week, 15% body fat.

I have to ask - what is the best all around value in the $700 to $1000 price range at https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/road_bikes.htm

I'm a weekly rider who rides up/down Mt. Diablo here in California (3300 vertical ft ride) mostly.

30 speeds would be nice, don't think speed is my concern really - comfort and ride quality would be my priority up and down hill - knowing these bikes are all pretty fast. I'm NOT a racer.

Of course it would be nice to have the latest/greatest parts, etc… Tell me about the shoes I'll need to buy too - and maybe even hook me up with a discount shoe site?

Also - describe the assembly process a little for me - I'm good with tools but have never built a bike from scratch or anything. How is it shipped (parts wise) to me?

If you have some political problem( or other problems in general actually) with bikesdirect or want to convince me to buy at a LBS please don't reply to this - I'm GOING to buy at this website - a 100% linear unchangeable probability - I just need help selecting the best bike for the buck for me.

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Perhaps you can call BD yourself and ask. Really, we know nothing here about BD bikes. Never heard of 'em.
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Ok I will risk it. You probably want one of these two bikes:
https://bikesdirect.com/products/moto.../sprint849.htm
https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ttour07995.htm

I might lean toward the second because it has the Ultegra cranks rather than Truvativ. That bike comes in a double too under another name: https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/.../kennet_07.htm

Assembling a bike is pretty easy if you are comfortable with basic tools...this site is a good resource: https://www.parktool.com/repair/
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How about going and looking for a 2007 Bianchi Via Nirone, comes with 30 speed Tiagra, which just got bumped up to 10 speed. Bianchi aluminum frame, you'll probably get free service on it, you'll be supporting the LBS, and you could probably get some other equipment with it. To me, that would be my best buy. And then the frame is worth upgrading. You can get some good, light wheels for only $200-300 these days. It's a buyer's market...
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Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21
.... Tiagra, which just got bumped up to 10 speed.
Where did you hear that? Shimano says it is 9 speed. https://bike.shimano.com/catalog/cycl...=1171568025181

They did upgrade the looks but it isn't 10 speed.
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There is a 10 speed model at my LBS, I don't know whats up with that picture, but the guys say that that's everything that came from Shimano, three times.
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a 100% linear unchangeable probability
Who talks like this?
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Originally Posted by shootist

If you have some political problem( or other problems in general actually) with bikesdirect or want to convince me to buy at a LBS please don't reply to this - I'm GOING to buy at this website - a 100% linear unchangeable probability - I just need help selecting the best bike for the buck for me.

Sean
I have to ask....If you are a newbie, why would you NOT want to buy local and have the support of a shop with selection, setup and fitting? I have no issues with BD but I don't understand why someone who has no real experience with bikes would not want the help of a local shop.
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I think the best value at BD is the LeChamp SL with the full Ultegra and the American Classic wheels...
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I'm a newbie as well, can someone enlighten me concerning the BikeDirect site and it's "political" issues?
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Originally Posted by dtipton
I'm a newbie as well, can someone enlighten me concerning the BikeDirect site and it's "political" issues?
Do a search, I think people here are sick of another bikesdirect 'debate'. Any bikesdirect thread will be good enough.
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Twenty years from now nobody will even be having this debate. Bikesdirect etc. will just be THE way to get your bikes.

In the meantime, though, they're good bikes, as long as you know what you're doing. The main con I can think of is the fact that you can't really get a true fitting - you have to sort of guess at your size. Otherwise, though, it's a great way to get a lot of bike for not a lot of money.
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I just got the Immortal Spirit w/Dura-Ace last week.

Here is what I had to assemble:

Put seatpost in seat tube (seat already attached to seatpost)
Put Handlebars in stem (stem already attached to steerer tube)
Insert front QR
Place front wheel in drop-outs
Attach front brake
Attach pedals
Pump up tires

Don't have to do it, but I will:
Double check all bolts for correct torque
Remove reflectors
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Originally Posted by slowandsteady
Who talks like this?
A shill member of course.

Originally Posted by shootist
If you have some political problem( or other problems in general actually) with bikesdirect or want to convince me to buy at a LBS please don't reply to this
This should be the first clue. A newbie who already knows the history of BD on these forums. I could be wrong, but it sounds a lot like a couple of vendors from a different forum I moderate who were making fake accounts to go post huge praise for their companies. Not sure about BD, but on the other forum, IP checks showed they were shop employees, or at least customers so happy with the service they would post from the shop and/or the employees' homes
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Greetings neighbor!

Well, I assume I'm in your neck of the woods - I live near the 680/24 split.

Can't answer your question about BD (I wanted steel which pretty much meant LBS for me). I have a question though - if you are happy with your frame, why not consider just getting the components upgraded to modern gear? Just making a suggestion you may not have considered. If you do decide to get an entire new bike, can I have your old one?

My goal is to get in good enough shape to attempt Mt. Diablo this year (I used to live near Oak Grove and Ygnacio - even went to HS at Northgate).

Good luck with the new bike.
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Richard Sachs makes sweet bikes:

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Richard Sachs makes sweet bikes:

*whistles*
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Personally I'd spend a little more than 1K and get this one:

https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...yelite_wcs.htm
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Before you buy from BikesDirect.com, look here too, they have alot of the same bikes for less:

https://stores.ebay.com/SPRTYMAMA-BIK...QQftidZ2QQtZkm

My buddy and I both bought bikes from this ebay seller with complete satisfaction.
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Originally Posted by DaveMaddux
Before you buy from BikesDirect.com, look here too, they have alot of the same bikes for less:

https://stores.ebay.com/SPRTYMAMA-BIK...QQftidZ2QQtZkm

My buddy and I both bought bikes from this ebay seller with complete satisfaction.
SprtyMama on eBay is BikesDirect owner's wife.

I saw how cheap the bikes were at B-D, but I'm going with my LBS so I can get a custom fit and a steel framed touring bike.
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If your not going to spend at least 3000.00 it does not matter what you buy because it will not be any good.The pro's all ride $$$$bikes so you will want one too,now stop looking at cheap bikes and get serious.
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Originally Posted by dtipton
I'm a newbie as well, can someone enlighten me concerning the BikeDirect site and it's "political" issues?
We just don't approve of their Republican campaign contributions, their bikes are OK.
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Originally Posted by shootist
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I have to ask - what is the best all around value in the $700 to $1000 price range at https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/road_bikes.htm
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Try this one instead...
https://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=3663046

Suggested retail is somewhere in the $700 to $1000 price range which would qualify per your 'value' requirements (used to be $4000 I think), but these good folks are letting them go for $147.77

(I'm told if you pedal hard enough, it will go up Mt.Diablo or the other venues you have indicated an interest in)
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Originally Posted by floyd landis
If your not going to spend at least 3000.00 it does not matter what you buy because it will not be any good.The pro's all ride $$$$bikes so you will want one too,now stop looking at cheap bikes and get serious.
Don't listen to this bozo. There are lots of decent bikes available for much less than $3000.
As others have suggested, go to a bike shop (or two) and look at bikes, find one you like, and get properly fitted to the bike. You won't regret it.
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