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#2533235 - 02/11/12 07:33 PM Re: Which road bike... within a few dollars of other. [Re: mrsilv04]
Cujet Offline


Registered: 02/15/03
Posts: 3828
Loc: Jupiter, Florida
I do a lot of casual riding.

Without question, I'm most concerned by component quality. I would be very tempted to pick the bicycle with the best quality components.

There really is a lifespan difference in component lifespan. And, nothing is more annoying than having them all wear out a few years down the road, when they are no longer current production.
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#2534334 - 02/12/12 07:22 PM Re: Which road bike... within a few dollars of other. [Re: mrsilv04]
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Registered: 03/31/10
Posts: 2901
Loc: Iowa
Is this mainly a commuter bike?

If you're willing to consider others, I recently purchased a Schwinn LeTour Legacy LINK. It's an all steel frame with Shimano 105 components. It's a nice riding bike with good parts and at around 800.00 - a decent "bang for the buck".

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#2593037 - 04/07/12 08:13 PM Re: Which road bike... within a few dollars of other. [Re: mrsilv04]
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Registered: 12/09/07
Posts: 175
Loc: Owego, New York
Originally Posted By: mrsilv04
Thanks... I've learned much already, and that's why I posted my question here. When I spoke with the salesmen at the bike shops, some of the details and terms hadn't yet sunk in, but the discussion here helped for it all to make sense.

I now understand the difference in the 2300 & Sora versus the Tiagra & 105.... and doubles versus triples.

I don't yet know if it is enough of a difference to affect me, since where I ride (mostly flat) doesn't require a lot of shifting. In a 10 mile ride, I may shift gears four times total, and only use two speeds.

I guess I could always upgrade to Tiagra components in the future, if need be. I'd rather have something with Tiagra shifters now... but not sure if it is enough of an issue for me to justify the extra $$$.

The one bike shop didn't even have a 64cm frame in stock to size me on (it is still winter here in the Midwest), but admitted that they needed to start thinking about getting one on hand for that exact purpose.

I recommend you buy it how you want it. Upgrades can get costly quick, and ride the bike before you buy it. A bike is not a bike is not a bike. Some bikes perform, some not so much. Good luck
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#2597441 - 04/12/12 08:48 AM Re: Which road bike... within a few dollars of oth [Re: mrsilv04]
hemitruck Offline


Registered: 03/18/11
Posts: 108
Loc: new jersey
if you are still looking, might want to check out a lemond. i personally enjoy the ride feel of old fashioned steel and carbon fiber. i picked mine out for comfort and longer rides, not racing.


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#2600490 - 04/15/12 07:51 PM Re: Which road bike... within a few dollars of oth [Re: hemitruck]
mpvue Offline


Registered: 07/12/07
Posts: 2695
Loc: Easton, PA
Originally Posted By: hemitruck
if you are still looking, might want to check out a lemond. i personally enjoy the ride feel of old fashioned steel and carbon fiber. i picked mine out for comfort and longer rides, not racing.

LeMond bikes aren't made anymore, unfortunately.
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