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Old 07-07-08, 12:54 AM
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need cheap road bike.

Ok so I'm trying to find a cheap road bike. I've had a mountain bike in the past, and don't need the "mountain" aspect of riding. The road biking is where I want in, but I don't want to spend alot. where is somewhere I can pick up a real cheap bike? I looked at craigslist, but where else? Thanks alot everyone!

Any tips for a road bike newb? greatly appreciated! thank you
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Old 07-07-08, 01:01 AM
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Brand new entry level road bikes are around 500-700 bucks.
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I got my road bicycle new for $500 shipped. If you know your measurements, try bikesdirect.com. They're good for the money but you're ordering blind. Same with mine, I got mine off of amazon.com.

Otherwise, craigslist. Maybe your bike shop sells used bikes, but that's about it.
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I'm sure this is not a popular option here but you did say "cheap"...

You might consider the bike discussed here:
http://users.frii.com/michael/articl...ningSport.html

I have owned this bike (in the 2008 model) for a few weeks and I like it. It has two chainrings (14 "speeds" total), so if you favor very low gearing for hill-climbing it may not be for you.

Whatever bike you choose, you need to get the proper size (by having a bike shop fitting or by doing your own research) and be aware that a bike will initially need to be tweaked and adjusted by you or someone else (seat, handlebars, derailers, ect, maybe the wheels will need to be trued also)...How much you can (or are willing) to do own your own is a big factor in what options you have.
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You could go to the Classic and Vintage forum, provide the town and state that you live in, and ask if any of the bike flippers have something close to your size with index shifters.
If you're minimum requirements includes brifters, get ready to spend AT LEAST $300 for a used entry level bike (SORA equipment). I watch used bike prices and they are rising fast, surpassed only by the rise in gasoline prices.
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