Looking for advice on road bike purchase
Posted 12 April 2012 - 12:07 PM
Any recommendations / feedback / advice appreciated.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:49 PM
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 04:46 AM
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:59 AM
If you are not racing, cyclocross is ideal. If you are willing to pay more money, I suggest the check some of the the disc equipped monster cross bikes (can also fit a 29x2.0 tires) and have fender and panniers mounts. In reality it will be the only bike you'll ever need.
Otherwise, if you are sticking with your budget, your best bet is a used bike
Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:05 AM
Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:06 AM
I rode across the KATY last year on a Bianchi hybrid that didn't fit too well and one of my knees paid the price. So I bought a steel touring bike with road handlebars and 700x32 tires for crossing the KATY again in June. It fits me much better than the hybrid and is faster than it. However it's a heavy beast and much slower than my carbon fiber road bike when out on the road. It's cheap at $600. The saddle met the legal definition barely. It was horrible for me and was the second thing that I replaced on the bike. The quill stem, for a better fit, was the first.
The Trek 520 touring bike is much nicer than what I bought, but about double the price new.
A cross bike might be a good compromise; however, it will be a compromise. Ideally a person would own 2 or 3 bikes to meet their various needs.
Edited by JerryW, 13 April 2012 - 08:08 AM.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:18 AM
Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:18 AM
For a new bike, check out a Kona Jake (~$850), Surly Cross Check (~$1100), or a CX bike from Nashbar or Bikesdirect if you are mechanically inclined and don't mind putting it together yourself. But don't expect to get into the hobby, with accessories, for less than $1500 unless you buy everything used.
Regarding a touring bike, I used to ride one (Cannondale T-400) for my commuter and Katy trail bike. They are comfortable, but heavy and don't handle well unloaded. My CX bike handles MUCH better and is a lot more fun to ride. But I run into heel strike issues when I put panniers on it. I wouldn't get one unless you actually plan on touring.
Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:02 AM
Any thoughts? I was invited to test drive bikes but it was raining so will wait for another day.
Posted 17 April 2012 - 07:48 AM
I have ridden my road bike with 23mm tires on the KATY, from St Charles to Jeff City, but it was very hot and dry at the time. The ride was harsh, but fast. That was before I had a cyclocross bike.
I very much prefer the 'cross bike for comfort (more upright riding position), tire choices up to at least 32's are no problem, and the overall gearing is more suitable for non-road racing needs. I currently have my 'cross bike set up as a commuter with 28mm tires, a rear rack, lights, and a more comfortable saddle.
When 'cross racing season comes around, I switch wheels and tires, take off the rack and lights, and swap on a racing saddle. Presto-chango, I'm back on a dedicated racing machine.
Regarding cost, I have not noticed that road bikes with a particular groupset (say Shimano 105 for example) are any cheaper than similarly equipped 'cross bikes. If you are trying to stay in the $600-800 range, my personal preference would be to buy a used bike, a couple of years old, with a higher end groupset. For my money, a used bike like that would be better than a new bike with a bottom-shelf groupset.