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#4327925 - 02/12/17 10:50 PM Best Road Bikes Under 1000 Dollars
Alex_Wills Offline


Registered: 10/21/16
Posts: 18
Loc: USA
Dear all,
I have been cycling more than 10 years, though last 7 years it was really regular. We all know that to buy a really high-quality road bike we should invest an amount of $2000 or more than that. But, it's not always easy for everybody to spend such an amount at a sudden if they want.

With all of my experiences (I have used more than 100 road bikes as trial in the mean time as I have a local bicycle repairing shop), I have made a few choices which are really affordable for all of our people. I included road bikes priced below $200 to maximum $1000.

I tried my best for the sake of people who find it hard to spend much. I know, still, there may be so many drawbacks here in my analyses. Can you please help with your valuable opinion and suggestions to upgrade the issues and find the best road bikes under 1000 dollars here in http://roadbikesly.com ?

I'm sorry if I break the rules of this forum unintentionally. I tried for a benevolent purpose.

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#4327931 - 02/12/17 11:07 PM Re: Best Road Bikes Under 1000 Dollars [Re: Alex_Wills]
zoli Offline


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Great homepage - thx for sharing it!
My proposal: Merida Ride 100; comfortable for beginners and older guys. This is my current choice.
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#4327933 - 02/12/17 11:11 PM Re: Best Road Bikes Under 1000 Dollars [Re: Alex_Wills]
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#4327981 - 02/13/17 03:08 AM Re: Best Road Bikes Under 1000 Dollars [Re: Alex_Wills]
Olas Offline


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Everybody's best is different.

I looked at a Specialized Roubaix but settled on a Sirrus - I'm more interested in a comfortable compromise to pedal about than a drop-bar racer.
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#4328030 - 02/13/17 06:25 AM Re: Best Road Bikes Under 1000 Dollars [Re: Alex_Wills]
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Respectfully you might want to have someone appropriate proofread your site for grammar. It reads like a translation in places.
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#4328072 - 02/13/17 07:37 AM Re: Best Road Bikes Under 1000 Dollars [Re: Alex_Wills]
dkryan Offline


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Thanks!
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#4328367 - 02/13/17 02:35 PM Re: Best Road Bikes Under 1000 Dollars [Re: dkryan]
69GTX Offline


Registered: 09/23/15
Posts: 3815
Loc: Connecticut
Seems like there should be a lot more choices for a quality road bike under $1,000. Nothing from Trek, Raleigh, GT, Cannondale, etc.?

I had wonderful results with an inexpensive Raleigh Sport, 21 speed road bike purchased new at a local bike shop ($450) in 2006. Other than an occasional chain cleaning and lube a couple times per year, and fixing flat, the bike had zero maintenance costs over 8 yrs/10,000 miles. Same chain, same Shimano Sora shifters/brakes, same cassette/sprocket, etc. 100% original except for the tires. Not a single tune up or shop service. I just excercised on it 2-3X per week, 10-15 mile trips. Such a bike is no longer made for anywhere near $500. They now cost around $700+...even for a big old fat, heavy, and base line Raleigh, which has since been bought out by another maker.

I don't feel $750 is "cheap" and certainly not $1,000. Because I couldn't find a new road bike in the $500 range, I went out and bought a used GT4 16 speed for $295. The GT series 4 was $700+ new and was used only a couple times. Very nice feel and response even on the cheaper Shimano Sora stuff, identical to what was on my Raleigh. Much lighter frame/wheels than my old Raleigh. There's nothing in your post about the level of quality for $1,000. I'd want the next level up from "Sora" if I'm spending $800-$1,000. I can't imagine that a $2,000 bike would have given that much more satisfaction or lifetime than my old $450 Raleigh. I'd buy that same bike new today for $450 if anyone sold it.

Looks to me like you're favoring specific brands over others. For the most part the bikes in the $700-$1,000 range are somewhat comparable to amateurs like me. I really like my Raleigh because it had an adjustable/pivoting stem for an extra 2-3" height for less strain on my back. So much comes down to age, weight, use, etc. When I bought my Raleigh at 220 lbs, a lighter bike was meaningless to me.

As long as the bike fits, get basic quality in the price range you can afford. And there's nothing wrong with a nearly new, used bike at half price, even from a bike dealer. My local shop never had any trade-ins when I showed up or called. So I finally went out and just bought one via Craig's List. Plenty of decent bikes to choose from. I have 6 months on my GT series 4 road bike and have learned to really like. Most any bike takes a little while to get used to. I tried my brother's 21 Speed Univega mountain bike for a year (free) and just gave up on it for anything but short trips. Very unstable handle bars and not very comfortable with the 3" longer arm reach vs. a road bike. I guess that's why it's a mountain/dirt bike.

My road bikes had simple plastic/fabric stirrups that you slip into. For recreational biking no need for locking in with clamps/special shoes. And if an amateur sluggo like me got 8 years on a cheapo Raleigh doing zero maintenance, why do you need more? I even tried to rebuild the cassettes/sprockets myself when I found out that between parts and tools I'd be looking at $200. Forget that. I paid $295 for a nearly new bike needing nothing. Not a fan of the carbon front fork even if it is lighter and more responsive. I'd prefer the durability of aluminum. For someone actually doing racing and competitions I could say why "just a bike" wouldn't appeal to them. I'd add the GT series 4 to your list.
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#4330643 - 02/15/17 10:10 PM Re: Best Road Bikes Under 1000 Dollars [Re: zoli]
Alex_Wills Offline


Registered: 10/21/16
Posts: 18
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: zoli
Great homepage - thx for sharing it!
My proposal: Merida Ride 100; comfortable for beginners and older guys. This is my current choice.


Thank you for your suggestion. I'm taking it into my consideration.

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#4330646 - 02/15/17 10:12 PM Re: Best Road Bikes Under 1000 Dollars [Re: JimPghPA]
Alex_Wills Offline


Registered: 10/21/16
Posts: 18
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: JimPghPA
Saved for future reference.


Thank you. Expecting your future suggestion. smile

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#4330650 - 02/15/17 10:14 PM Re: Best Road Bikes Under 1000 Dollars [Re: Olas]
Alex_Wills Offline


Registered: 10/21/16
Posts: 18
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: Olas
Everybody's best is different.

I looked at a Specialized Roubaix but settled on a Sirrus - I'm more interested in a comfortable compromise to pedal about than a drop-bar racer.


You are right! It actually differs from person to person. Your list is good by the way. Thank you for the choices.

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#4330654 - 02/15/17 10:20 PM Re: Best Road Bikes Under 1000 Dollars [Re: AZjeff]
Alex_Wills Offline


Registered: 10/21/16
Posts: 18
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: AZjeff
Respectfully you might want to have someone appropriate proofread your site for grammar. It reads like a translation in places.



Thank you AZjeff. Maybe there is a little bit problem, though I used Grammarly. By the way, you have good choices.

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#4330656 - 02/15/17 10:21 PM Re: Best Road Bikes Under 1000 Dollars [Re: dkryan]
Alex_Wills Offline


Registered: 10/21/16
Posts: 18
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: dkryan
Thanks!


Thanks dkryan, for your choices.

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#4330659 - 02/15/17 10:26 PM Re: Best Road Bikes Under 1000 Dollars [Re: 69GTX]
Alex_Wills Offline


Registered: 10/21/16
Posts: 18
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: 69GTX
Seems like there should be a lot more choices for a quality road bike under $1,000. Nothing from Trek, Raleigh, GT, Cannondale, etc.?

I had wonderful results with an inexpensive Raleigh Sport, 21 speed road bike purchased new at a local bike shop ($450) in 2006. Other than an occasional chain cleaning and lube a couple times per year, and fixing flat, the bike had zero maintenance costs over 8 yrs/10,000 miles. Same chain, same Shimano Sora shifters/brakes, same cassette/sprocket, etc. 100% original except for the tires. Not a single tune up or shop service. I just excercised on it 2-3X per week, 10-15 mile trips. Such a bike is no longer made for anywhere near $500. They now cost around $700+...even for a big old fat, heavy, and base line Raleigh, which has since been bought out by another maker.

I don't feel $750 is "cheap" and certainly not $1,000. Because I couldn't find a new road bike in the $500 range, I went out and bought a used GT4 16 speed for $295. The GT series 4 was $700+ new and was used only a couple times. Very nice feel and response even on the cheaper Shimano Sora stuff, identical to what was on my Raleigh. Much lighter frame/wheels than my old Raleigh. There's nothing in your post about the level of quality for $1,000. I'd want the next level up from "Sora" if I'm spending $800-$1,000. I can't imagine that a $2,000 bike would have given that much more satisfaction or lifetime than my old $450 Raleigh. I'd buy that same bike new today for $450 if anyone sold it.

Looks to me like you're favoring specific brands over others. For the most part the bikes in the $700-$1,000 range are somewhat comparable to amateurs like me. I really like my Raleigh because it had an adjustable/pivoting stem for an extra 2-3" height for less strain on my back. So much comes down to age, weight, use, etc. When I bought my Raleigh at 220 lbs, a lighter bike was meaningless to me.

As long as the bike fits, get basic quality in the price range you can afford. And there's nothing wrong with a nearly new, used bike at half price, even from a bike dealer. My local shop never had any trade-ins when I showed up or called. So I finally went out and just bought one via Craig's List. Plenty of decent bikes to choose from. I have 6 months on my GT series 4 road bike and have learned to really like. Most any bike takes a little while to get used to. I tried my brother's 21 Speed Univega mountain bike for a year (free) and just gave up on it for anything but short trips. Very unstable handle bars and not very comfortable with the 3" longer arm reach vs. a road bike. I guess that's why it's a mountain/dirt bike.

My road bikes had simple plastic/fabric stirrups that you slip into. For recreational biking no need for locking in with clamps/special shoes. And if an amateur sluggo like me got 8 years on a cheapo Raleigh doing zero maintenance, why do you need more? I even tried to rebuild the cassettes/sprockets myself when I found out that between parts and tools I'd be looking at $200. Forget that. I paid $295 for a nearly new bike needing nothing. Not a fan of the carbon front fork even if it is lighter and more responsive. I'd prefer the durability of aluminum. For someone actually doing racing and competitions I could say why "just a bike" wouldn't appeal to them. I'd add the GT series 4 to your list.


Wow!!! 69GTX, thank you very much for such an extended idea sharing! I have 2 bikes under my consideration from the brands you mentioned. Yes, they are pretty well, no doubt. I will include them soon.

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#4330960 - 02/16/17 09:27 AM Re: Best Road Bikes Under 1000 Dollars [Re: Alex_Wills]
totegoat Offline


Registered: 12/21/11
Posts: 1262
Loc: Ca
I ride a $500 Trek and she a $500 Raleigh, both comfort bikes. 5K on each, lube the chains, zero issues or repairs.

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#4331914 - 02/17/17 11:21 AM Re: Best Road Bikes Under 1000 Dollars [Re: Alex_Wills]
supton Offline


Registered: 11/09/08
Posts: 11948
Loc: NH
One downside of the higher speed bikes seems to be lesser chain life. I've yet to get more than about 1kmiles out of a 9 speed chain. Which is longer than I got out of much-abused 7 speed, but still. [Part of that could be the hills I have to climb.] Then again, 9 speed I think is going obsolete, or at least not all that fancy, so chains and cassettes should be getting cheap.

I don't look forward to replacing integrated shifters. I might go to barcons when that happens. I've never liked how my triple shifts up front, and I suspect all component levels don't like the big jumps that a triple has.

I do have clipless but after a few years they seem a bit worn. I won't go back to platforms, much less clips; but it's yet something else to wear out and use up.

My rule of thumb: when it comes to a hobby, you need just about an equal amount of money (and often more) to spend on the auxiliary items, as compared the big ticket item that everyone focuses on. A $1k bike might have you spending just as much on shoes, jerseys, shorts, computer, etc. Maybe more over the long run.
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