New road bike for newbe

Discussion in 'Road Bikes' started by invitro10, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. invitro10

    invitro10 New Member

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    New to the forum and found lots of good info.

    I presently have an OLD Peugeot from 1979 which is still in pretty good shape. I would like to find a bike for my new found hobby. I started cycling again and am not sure what to look for. I am pretty confused at the selection of bikes on the market and with the price ranges.

    I have been going out a few time a week and cycle between 20 and 30 Km at a time. I would like to work up to cycling 3 to 4 time a week. What should I look for and how much should I be looking to spend. Any advise would be appreciated.
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  2. wild

    wild Yesterday tired old man, Today retired old man

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    I am thinking you want a road bike,because you are on the road bike forom. So the next is Price range I was down at the Tuckahoe bike shop yesterday he showed me a $15,000 bike I told him about $900 was my limet and I might evean get one of them $600 bikes on line, that allways softens them up on the price:D. After not helping you much, here is my thaught, what is wrong with the Peugeot? A little TLC and you might have the bike you want, A good Steel road bike, many are going back to steel. Befor you get rid of that steele look at the bikes in the vintage form ;)
     
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  3. photosbymark

    photosbymark New Member

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    Make sure it fits. I am dealing with that now. I have had 2 knee problems as a result of bike fit, and after numerous adjustments, I am now fairly close. Trouble is that I have run out of adjustments and I am still too far forward. The seat post is already a 20mm setback so the best I could hope to gain is about an inch or another 25mm or so. That may or may not be enough and cost about a $100 to find out. No one local stocks the seat post. I basically have a bike I can't ride. Good bike, but its not for me.

    Take any bike you ride out for a real test ride and try to get them to let you take it for a ride that is of a length of your typical ride. That way you get to see how you fit after you have been on it a few minutes. Still if you like the bike you have, it still works well, it fits you, Id just enjoy it. I wish I still had my old ten speed. That being said, I am headed to the LBS to "get bent". (a bike slang for a recumbent bike to deal with my knee issues)
     
  4. invitro10

    invitro10 New Member

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    Thanks for the advise guys. Maybe you're right. I have knee issues and don't have a problem with my existing bike......other than the gear shifts. What a pain.

    Any others advise is appreciated?
     
  5. photosbymark

    photosbymark New Member

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    Shifting problems is often just an adjustment. If you aren't mechanically inclined, drop it off at a local bike shop and let them do it for you. Now if its still a problem, then it might be worth the time to find a new bike. Yet if it works and fits you, then just because its old doesn't mean you need a new one.
     
  6. rich88

    rich88 New Member

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    most important issue is of course fit.

    Visit bike shops and test ride as many as possible. Educate yourself about frame materials and component groupos.