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    Road bike suggestions?

    I'm looking at getting a road bike here soon. I've owned a mountain bike all my life, and while those trails are fun, I'd like to start going for some distance.

    What are some good road bike suggestions? I'm hoping for something in the $800-$1200 range. I know you can spend an arm and a leg on these things, so I'm hoping for some suggestions on things to look for and features that aren't necessary.


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    Re: Road bike suggestions?

    Surly Cross-Check is a great bike. May be pricey for a starter bike but that frame will last until the apocalypse. Trek makes decent bikes and good components. Marin and Cannondale also good stuff. if you're in ames, I love skunk river cycles. Talk to them, let them know your price range, what you want out of a bike and they should set you up right.


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    Re: Road bike suggestions?

    Giant Defy 1---you get a lot of bang for the money at this price range. You need to test ride several for the best fit.



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    Re: Road bike suggestions?

    For that range a trek 2300 would be a good bike.



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    Re: Road bike suggestions?

    Either buy last year's models, or visit Craig's List. Riding style matters. Aluminum and Carbon will give a stiff ride, so more efficient push, but Alum. doesn't absorb bumps. Steel frames are solid and comfy, but heavier. You want at least 105 if going Shimano components. Ultegra is a little better, and Dura-Ace is their best. SRAM makes great stuff too.

    You also need to think, are you going to cruise road miles, or go for speed? Difference is between a road bike or a time trial bike. The second are the ones you ride hunched forward. It is dorky, but the riding shorts work, and the jerseys are quite helpful with the pockets. And gloves! Don't forget good gloves with proper padding.

    You can use MTB shoes with road. I have CrankBro candy pedals on my road bikes and use a MTB shoe so I can walk around on rides and Ragbrai.


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    Re: Road bike suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by bkassel View Post
    Surly Cross-Check is a great bike. May be pricey for a starter bike but that frame will last until the apocalypse. Trek makes decent bikes and good components. Marin and Cannondale also good stuff. if you're in ames, I love skunk river cycles. Talk to them, let them know your price range, what you want out of a bike and they should set you up right.
    That is a great bike, I just got a Disc Trucker which is almost the same bike. Very happy so far.


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    Re: Road bike suggestions?

    Just read a review in Road Bike Action comparing the Trek Domane 2.3 and Cannondale Synapse. The Trek at $1919, and the Synapse at $1570. Both are designed to be comfortable over long distances so each would be a good choice. The synapse had disc brakes which would be really nice in rain. Who knows, maybe you can get either on sale. The Specialized Allez and the Cannondale Caad10 would be worth a test ride too.

    Helmet, Seat, Shoes and pedals are going to be important. Check out Bike Nashbar for those as they have awesome sales, and clearance. I like Continental Gatorskin tires too.


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    Re: Road bike suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by joefrog View Post
    Either buy last year's models, or visit Craig's List. Riding style matters. Aluminum and Carbon will give a stiff ride, so more efficient push, but Alum. doesn't absorb bumps. Steel frames are solid and comfy, but heavier. You want at least 105 if going Shimano components. Ultegra is a little better, and Dura-Ace is their best. SRAM makes great stuff too.

    You also need to think, are you going to cruise road miles, or go for speed? Difference is between a road bike or a time trial bike. The second are the ones you ride hunched forward. It is dorky, but the riding shorts work, and the jerseys are quite helpful with the pockets. And gloves! Don't forget good gloves with proper padding.

    You can use MTB shoes with road. I have CrankBro candy pedals on my road bikes and use a MTB shoe so I can walk around on rides and Ragbrai.
    If he is in the 800-1200 price range, forget about Ultegra or DA groups and forget about a TT bike.

    I bought this bike last year for cruising around, ragbrai, etc. It would be a good gravel bike too if the OP decides to get into that someday.

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    Re: Road bike suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cy94 View Post
    Giant Defy 1---you get a lot of bang for the money at this price range. You need to test ride several for the best fit.
    I have a Defy with thousands of miles on it and almost entirely stock. It's a good bike in that price range.



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    Re: Road bike suggestions?

    You could also look at hybrid bikes to keep your cost down.



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    Re: Road bike suggestions?

    I got a felt z85 a few years ago for $699. This is a good time to buy in case they have any of last years models in stock.


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    Re: Road bike suggestions?

    First thing I would do is find a couple of bike shops and go in and ask. Tell them that you are new, give them your price range, and ask them to help you find the right bike. A good shop will let you try them out.

    Once you know a company and model then you can start shopping around for price.

    Personally, I have always had good luck with Marin bikes.



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    Re: Road bike suggestions?

    Awesome suggestions and info. Reason my price range is so low is because we have quite a few expenses coming up and can't justify much more. But I'm tired of running outside or on the treadmill, and I've always liked biking. Just still a total noob who doesn't know much about it yet.



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    Re: Road bike suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by bkassel View Post
    Surly Cross-Check is a great bike. May be pricey for a starter bike but that frame will last until the apocalypse. Trek makes decent bikes and good components. Marin and Cannondale also good stuff. if you're in ames, I love skunk river cycles. Talk to them, let them know your price range, what you want out of a bike and they should set you up right.
    When Cross season is over I slap on the road wheels/tires on the Cross check and it becomes a train of a road bike. Once the steel gets moving it's a fast machine.


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    Re: Road bike suggestions?

    Buy used. As you learn your likes and needs you can install upgrades accordingly. Research the best frame for you. A good frame will last indefinitely and you can upgrade components any time. I've had good luck with Giant and Specialized, but their are many good used buys around if you are patient.



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