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IRO/Bianchi/Raleigh/Redline???

Old 07-07-06, 12:32 PM
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IRO/Bianchi/Raleigh/Redline???

The knowledge and enthusiasm here is contagious. I hope to upgrade from a geared, starter mountain bike to a single-speed that will serve as my primary mode of transportation in New Orleans, i.e. flat terrain and terrible road conditions. The following bikes are now of the greatest interest:

IRO Rob Roy -- 700x35 tires will fit -- $599 (direct from IRO)
Bianchi San Jose -- 700 x 32 std. -- approximately $575 (location unknown)
Raleigh One Way -- 700 x 35 std. -- $600 (at LBS soon)
Redline 925 -- 700 x 30 std. -- $500 (at LBS can be ordered)

Are there other, similar bikes to consider in this approximate price range? Which of the four bikes listed offers the best value? Are there reasonably priced upgrades to increase reliability, usability, or speed?

I have been cycling now as an adult for only 8 months but am trying to do my homework. Thank you very much for any input you can offer. Jethro
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Old 07-07-06, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Jethro
my primary mode of transportation in New Orleans

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Old 07-07-06, 12:39 PM
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get one of each. if you can't afford that, get the iro.
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Old 07-07-06, 12:40 PM
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The Rob Roy is better than all them other bikes.
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Old 07-07-06, 12:41 PM
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Excellent! I will clarify . . . primary transportation outside of flooded areas.
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Old 07-07-06, 12:52 PM
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ah. in that case the iro
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what is this raleigh one way that you speak of?
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Yeah, what is that?
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I'm sure he means the Rush Hour.

It would be best if you could test ride one or more as the Redline is a compact geometry and the others vary in their road/track-like geometries. You can compensate somewhat with changing stems and handlebars and such, but you might like (or not like) the feel of one right away.
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Old 07-07-06, 02:13 PM
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I really like the looks of the San Jose. I haven't ridden it, but a friend just bought one and it looks like a really nice package. The only downside I could find is it doesn't have a flip-flop hub, and the saddle is of questionable taste.
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chose the one you think looks better
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IRO has a great reputation, but I am not one for buying a bike I can't ride first. I would find dealers as close as you can to home and ride them. Buy the one that feels best.
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Originally Posted by lbthomps
what is this raleigh one way that you speak of?
yeah what is it?
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Granted, Ralieghs are a spec type bikes but
they are sooo underated for wht you get at
thier price points relative to other big company
gear.
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The Raleigh One Way is a new bike expected in dealers this month. A LBS told me the bike impressed them at a recent show and that the One Way came with larger tires than the Rush Hour and would be available only in black. Buying locally has many advantages, and the LBS employees are exceptional to say the least. The IRO is, however, the most appealing bike to me thus far, and my contact with IRO was exceptional.

I appreciate the input provided here and hope to learn more.
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Originally Posted by eddiebrannan
hahahaha I love it!!! No let's make it a helicopter!

Yo Jethro go check out GNO, I went there recently to get some chain lube and saw that they had sme great looking bikes. -Will
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Old 07-08-06, 08:49 AM
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I too looked at the Bianchi and Iro....I liked the fact that the IRO had two monts on the rear drop out for mounting purposes. The Bianchi has one set....and good grief that animal print seat.....I'm working up a build now on an old TREK 710...that should function as my utilitarian commuter bike. Having stayed in NOLA recently(man them roads are a mess) I'd prabably go with the IRO. I never got any response from them via e-mail or phone...but from what I've read everyone seems to have good things to say about them.

I wonder if my Bridgestone is still down there?
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Take a good long look at the Redline 925. I just built one up last night for a friend, and it is a sweet machine. And good looking too, if you can stomach compact geometry.
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I am also looking for a fixed. I didn't even know about the redline and raleigh.
take a look at the specialized langster.
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Old 07-26-06, 10:24 PM
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Originally Posted by bikenutr2000
I am also looking for a fixed. I didn't even know about the redline and raleigh.
take a look at the specialized langster.
The Langster is Aluminum though.
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Originally Posted by lbthomps
what is this raleigh one way that you speak of?
see http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...aleigh+one+way
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