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Old 07-30-12, 06:05 AM
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questions about road bike

Hi, I am looking for some information about road bikes. As it stands right now I have a hybrid bike that I commute 20miles rt to work. I would like to ride the pan mass challenge next year and also I may move and my commute to work would be 36 miles rt. I am wondering about changing to a road for the commute. Some things I have heard is that road bikes have carbon forks I am not sure why that makes a difference though. I was also told they have a different gear range. I am also not sure why that makes a difference. Can someone please explain what the benefits of a road bike will be in the situation of commuting to work and also for the pan mass challenge? I am not sure of how much money I want to spend on this change, but I am thinking it might be 700.00 do you have any recommondation on a good road bike in that price range? Thank-you for all your help.
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Old 07-30-12, 08:16 AM
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The road bike will allow you to get more aerodynamic which is nice especially on windy days. At the pricepoint you are looking, you may or may not get a carbon fork, and it probably wont matter much either way. The road bike is probably gonna be pounds lighter which will make it feel a good bit more responsive and sporty.
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Oh, the roadbike will be geared higher. Which will let you go faster. If you have the legs for it. If you have been commuting 20 miles to work on a hybrid, I would guess you have some decent legs.
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Look at brands like Giant, Fuji, GT, and others, and you shouldn't have any trouble finding a road bike with a carbon fork in your $700 range. Or look for a 2011/2012 model at close-out pricing.

Actually, just checked, and MSRP on the entry level Specialized Allez is $770, and it comes with a carbon fork. I'm sure that's a negotiable price at the LBS.

Now, when it comes to the PMC, what you are going to find is that the $700 range road bikes usually have a Shimano 2300 derailleur, which can only accommodate at maximum a 26t bail-out gear, I believe. Most that I've seen have a 12-25t rear cassette. If you're planning on doing the Sturbridge to Bourne leg on day one, there are some major hills along the way. You might want to look at a bike with a triple crank.
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Originally Posted by essiemyra View Post
Hi, I am looking for some information about road bikes. As it stands right now I have a hybrid bike that I commute 20miles rt to work. I would like to ride the pan mass challenge next year and also I may move and my commute to work would be 36 miles rt. I am wondering about changing to a road for the commute.
I've been commuting 36 miles RT or more for a little over 10 years and you'll definitely be happier with a road bike as you'll be noticeably faster, more comfortable, and the handling is better at higher speeds. I love cycling, but there's no way I'd want to do that on a hybrid.

Carbon forks are irrelevant for your purposes, but you need to be aware of is that you'll need fenders for the wet months as well as a way to transport your stuff (I'm partial to small racks that connect via the brake bolt as they can take small panniers). Don't worry about the Pan Mass Challenge. With the base that you'll have from your commute, you'll have no trouble riding it on whatever you like.

Presuming you intend to ride in slop, be aware that you'll burn through significant cash maintaining your bike -- a few to several hundred bucks per year for tires, chains, etc even if you don't get expensive stuff.

For your price range, I'd be inclined to buy used as your dollar goes much further. I suspect that once you get your fitness up, you'll want a better bike.
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thank-you for your advice. I am just starting out with the road bike idea, and so the searching begins. I am not very informed about the derailleur and ratio of gears and all that stuff. I am trying to get informed real quick so as not to make a mistake when buying a new bike. The bike I have is just a little over a year old and I was not thinking I would purchase another bike so soon. Though I was told if I was going to ride the pmc I would be better off with a road bike.
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Originally Posted by essiemyra View Post
thank-you for your advice. I am just starting out with the road bike idea, and so the searching begins. I am not very informed about the derailleur and ratio of gears and all that stuff. I am trying to get informed real quick so as not to make a mistake when buying a new bike. The bike I have is just a little over a year old and I was not thinking I would purchase another bike so soon. Though I was told if I was going to ride the pmc I would be better off with a road bike.
You will definitely be better off and have more fun on a road bike, but you'll be strong enough to make it on your hybrid (though you'll be slow). A hybrid is the vice grips of the cycling world -- you can find a way to make it work almost anywhere, but they're not good at anything in particular. If you plan to put on a lot of miles, a road bike is a far better way to go. One option that's certainly worth considering is simply riding your hybrid until you get tired of it. When you get on the right bike, you'll know it.

Since you're already commuting 20 miles RT, you must have some kind of base fitness. I'd recommend going on an organized metric or real century. There, you will see all kinds of people on all kinds of equipment and it will give you ideas for what might work for you.
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