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How does my road bike rank?

Old 03-03-05, 08:25 PM
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How does my road bike rank?

Hi,

I'm really new here, and I logged on here because I just wanted to know how my road bike ranks in the way of quality, speed, etc? It is a stock 2003 Raleigh Grandsport, and here are the specs:

Sizes Compact Small, Medium, Large, X-Large
Colors Nottingham White/blue
Frame 7005 Atomic 13 985 Butted Aluminum Compact Road
Fork Road
Headset OS Threadless
Crankset Shimano 2203 30/42/52t
Bottom Bracket Sealed Cartridge
F. Derailleur Shimano 2200
R. Derailleur Shimano Sora
Shift Lever Shimano Sora STI
Cog Set Shimano Cassette 12/25t 9spd
Chain KMC HG50
Hubset Shimano 2200 Rear Cassette
Spokes 14g Stainless Steel
Rims Alloy Semi-Aero 32h
Tires Road 700 x 25
Brakes Tektro Dual Pivot
Brake Levers See Shifter
Pedals Road w/ Clips and Straps
Handlebar Alloy Road
Grips Cork
Stem Alloy Threadless -10deg.
Seatpost Alloy Micro Adjust 27.2 x 300mm
Saddle Avenir Road
Extras Water Bottle Mounts, CatEye Reflector Set, Clear Coat, Owner's Manual
Weight 25 lbs.
 
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Entry level, but good value for the money. Ride it and work on your "motor".
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Looks fine, how do you like it.
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I really like it,
I'm also only 11 years old, so is it really good for someone my age?
 
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Yes, that's a good bike.

Don't worry about it, just enjoy your riding.

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Old 03-03-05, 10:04 PM
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Eleven? And a road biker? You are awesome!
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Originally Posted by (uni)cyclist
I really like it,
I'm also only 11 years old, so is it really good for someone my age?
Bettter than a Huffy.Treat it good.
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Speed? Speed is YOUR job, not the bike's job. The bike is just the thing you are sitting on while your legs do all the work.

If you read this Forum, you could get the idea that $4,000 bikes are "faster" than $400 bikes. But, you are starting to ride a road bike at age 11. If you ride 100 miles a week or so until you are 16, odds are that you and your bike will be speeding past us old guys, regardless of what we spend on a bike.
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What would you do if a couple of people said it was bad?

What's important is that YOU like the bike. The bike will "get faster" after you train harder.
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It's better than the road bike I had when I was 11... which actually happened to be a Huffy. I won the bike in a church raffle, so I definitely got my money's worth for the $2 I spent! Any way, all bikes go only as fast as they're pedaled. Ask an experienced cyclist to make sure the seat is positioned correctly for you, take care of the bike, and it will do you fine. Have fun, and enjoy the riding!
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I ride a cheap bike (cheaper than the Raleigh Grandsport I looked at the same day I bought my Trek).

I pass guys on expensive bikes all the time.

If you keep your bike in good repair and RIDE ALOT and RIDE FAST, you'll fly past a lot of people your age and a lot of people my age.

And have a blast doing it.
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if it's your first real bike i can say it's the best bike in the world. you'll probably never have another one that will be so much fun, no matter how much it costs.
wear your helmet, ride your awesome bike and have tons of fun!!!
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sounds like a great bike. i didn't get my first real bike until i was 13. it was a white raleigh record, and nowhere as good as your bike. enjoy it. ride hard and go fast.
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You forgot to post a pic. Here's your ride.

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Raleigh ... ahhhh. My first real ride was a Raleigh Arena. Sky Blue ... Gawd I loved that bike. It took me everywhere.
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Its an entry level bike from a company that probably gets less "respect" now than it used to back in the day. That said, you are really lucky to have such a nice bike at 11. An entry road bike is far better than a Wal-mart special, etc, etc. Your bike is probably only a bit below mine (which was mid-range when I bought it several years ago - but I've upgraded since then). I don't think at 11 people will be criticizing your ride.... In fact, if the rider can keep up - I've never heard anyone talk down about a less expensive ride. More often I hear people commenting that rich guys buy bikes that are on bikes that are "too good for them". When you can't keep up on a slow paceline and you are on a Record Carbon Pro-level bike that costs more than a car, and your gut is hanging out of your jersey as you cough and wheez your fat ass up a tiny roller, making the whole group wait for you even though you talked **** before the ride you are bound to get that kind of attitude....
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I'm curious. How tall are you? My son is 11 and he and all his friends, including 12 years old, don't have the "legs" to ride a 700 X 25 tires road size.
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Raleigh 770 my first real road bike (down tube shifting, only a 6spd cassett) payed for by a paper route in 1986-87 ahh my days as a care free youth.

I may have several bikes now but I also have a full time job and an 8 year old I hope to get on a road bike soon.

Remember to take care of your bike and thank your parents often so they will be more likely to get you new "toys" for your bike.
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A good solid bike for establishing a base from which to build. You can replace some components as they wear out and up grade, but perhaps the better thing to do is ride this one and always keep an eye open for a good price on a new or used upper level bike, wheels, components, and setup.
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My first (real) bike was a Raleigh Gran Prix (green). It cost about $100+ in 1969; I sold it 4 years later for about $100 when I bought a Trek frame to replace a bent top tube on the replacement for the Gran Prix. Even though these bikes are not that dissimilar in price once you account for inflation, your bike is a much nicer ride and will allow you to ride with confidence and speed. Good luck, I wish I had started that young, but in 1960 such bikes did not exist and my $20 used Schwinn one-speed was all that I knew.
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