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Suggestions for first road bike

Old 09-29-08, 06:13 PM
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Suggestions for first road bike

I currently have an '07 Gary Fisher HKEK mountain bike, and I have now decided to look into getting my first road bike. I'll just be doing this for fun, and I won't be racing or anything. But I do want something that has a good frame and fairly good components.

Today I happened to be at my LBS and I tried out a Trek 7.5 FX, which is kind of a hybrid and has some similarities to mountain bikes, including the upright seating of a mountain bike. Being that I have only ever ridden mountain bikes, I thought the 7.5's ride on the pavement was fantastic and very quick. However, I want to look into other bikes around the $1000 range.

I haven't checked to see if my LBS has them in stock, but I figured I'd try out the Trek 2.1 and the Gary Fisher AR Super if I can. These two bikes have nearly identical specs, but the Fisher costs a bit less and probably has slightly different geometry.

What other bikes around the $1000 range should I look into?

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Old 09-29-08, 06:50 PM
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What about a Felt F75? Anyone?
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Originally Posted by eminefes View Post
What about a Felt F75? Anyone?
The felt would be good. Also, try out a CAAD8 or a Trek 1500 ( I dunno if they makes those anymore). Fuji also makes some good entry level road bikes. If you are going with a $1k bike, then you should be getting an aluminum frame with a carbon fork, Tiagra/105 or 105/Ultegra mix.
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Thanks for the suggestions. And I think the Trek 1.5 might be the new Trek 1500.

I actually do have a Felt dealer nearby, so I think I'll go see if they the F75 and Z70. The Z70 probably sounds most appealing to me. I'll see if I can find a CAAD8 to try, too.
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Basically, ride every bike you can get your hands on that fulfill these requirements:
1. It is within your price range.
2. It is the approximate size.

Narrow your field down to 3-4 bikes by doing parking lot rides. Then, take those 3-4 bikes out for a little longer ride, say, 20-30 minutes. Buy the one that you are the most comfortable on.
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Originally Posted by eminefes View Post
I currently have an '07 Gary Fisher HKEK mountain bike, and I have now decided to look into getting my first road bike. I'll just be doing this for fun, and I won't be racing or anything. But I do want something that has a good frame and fairly good components.

Today I happened to be at my LBS and I tried out a Trek 7.5 FX, which is kind of a hybrid and has some similarities to mountain bikes, including the upright seating of a mountain bike. Being that I have only ever ridden mountain bikes, I thought the 7.5's ride on the pavement was fantastic and very quick. However, I want to look into other bikes around the $1000 range.

I haven't checked to see if my LBS has them in stock, but I figured I'd try out the Trek 2.1 and the Gary Fisher AR Super if I can. These two bikes have nearly identical specs, but the Fisher costs a bit less and probably has slightly different geometry.

What other bikes around the $1000 range should I look into?

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The observations other people have made are good (particularly make sure it's sized correctly -- sizing a mountain bike and a road bike are two different animals).

There are many decent road bikes in the $1000 range. Take your time and try out quite a few.

One suggestion I'd make is that if you want a road bike get a road bike. Not a hybrid. The advantages of a road bike are efficiency and versatility. When I use the phrase "road bike" I mean narrow tired bikes with drop bars and a frame geometry which allows (but doesn't mandate) a racer's crouch. Bikes which force you into an upright position sacrifice both efficiency and versatility. On a road bike I can attain an upright position (by riding the bars or hoods) but there's no way I can drop to a decent aerodynamic position on a hybrid.

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Originally Posted by larryfeltonj View Post
The observations other people have made are good (particularly make sure it's sized correctly -- sizing a mountain bike and a road bike are two different animals).

There are many decent road bikes in the $1000 range. Take your time and try out quite a few.

One suggestion I'd make is that if you want a road bike get a road bike. Not a hybrid. The advantages of a road bike are efficiency and versatility. When I use the phrase "road bike" I mean narrow tired bikes with drop bars and a frame geometry which allows (but doesn't mandate) a racer's crouch. Bikes which force you into an upright position sacrifice both efficiency and versatility. On a road bike I can attain an upright position (by riding the bars or hoods) but there's no way I can drop to a decent aerodynamic position on a hybrid.
I calculated that my size should be around 56 cm. I'll certainly find out tomorrow.

And I'm really not very interested in the FX or any hybrid for that matter. Like you said, it's better to have the drop bars so you have more than one hand position.
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If you can find an LBS that offers a free/cheap fitting service, look at that shops closeout bicycles. I wasn't able to do this, so I just went to about five and did their "test rides", which are completely worthless, asked for my size(they told me a 59 would be best in only odd configurations, which is wrong; a 57 would've worked better), and bought a closeout bike online for $500 cheaper. It doesn't fit, but that's not so much a fault of buying online as it is one of incorrect sizing by the various LBS. *shrug*
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