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good road bike under $450

Karthik02 2 10 May 4, 2016 at 09:16 PM
Hi all,

$450 is all I have to spend right now on a bike. Looking for pointers and deals on a roadbike.

Thank you all! Will return favor someday Smilie

cheers

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Hi all,

$450 is all I have to spend right now on a bike. Looking for pointers and deals on a roadbike.

Thank you all! Will return favor someday http://i.slickdeals.net/images/smilies/smile.gif

cheers
Not a lot of detail here but I'll bite since its cycling related; additional detail on your budget and background will be helpful.

Do you currently have a bike and you are seeking to transition to a drop bar road bike or are you just getting into cycling and looking for a bike that can be ridden on the road? If you are new to cycling, a flat bar bike may be a better option as they generally have wider tires and a more upright seating position which makes the bike more comfortable. Flat bar bikes can also be found in your budget.

A drop bar road bike will be more difficult to find new in your budget. If that is the case, I recommend considering used - either via a local bike shop - or via craigslist.

I will always recommend someone talk to their local bike shop first as I believe you will get much better service from a local bike shop. I personally am willing to pay more for the benefits that I associate with a local bike shop. Local bike shops in my experience will take more care in fitting you to a bike, they offer more consistency of knowledgeable staff, and they often have better group rides.

If you are dead set on finding the best deal possible, I recommend you check out: intheknowcycling.com - he recently did a piece regarding online cycling stores.
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thanks S0L!

I'm not new to cycling per-se, and had a fixed gear flat bar bike for about 6 years growing up.. looking for a commuter bike right now, and maybe weekend rides in the mountains.. The budget is definitely tight, and that's the reason I"m not leaning towards Local bike shops..

would you recommend a flat bar or drop bar for long distance riding?

checking out your link right now..
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Quote from Karthik02 View Post :
thanks S0L!

I'm not new to cycling per-se, and had a fixed gear flat bar bike for about 6 years growing up.. looking for a commuter bike right now, and maybe weekend rides in the mountains.. The budget is definitely tight, and that's the reason I"m not leaning towards Local bike shops..

would you recommend a flat bar or drop bar for long distance riding?

checking out your link right now..
If you know about bikes (and can do some work yourself), used is the way to go. Check the bike VERY carefully!!! If parts are worn (especially the drivetrain) replacement can be expensive. Older parts can be hard to find. If the frame is bent or damaged (derailleur hangar, down tube creased behind head tube, fork blades less than perfect), say nothing, run fast.
The absolute best advice for buying ANYTHING used is: be ready to walk away! For ANY reason! It will take more time to find what you want but you won't get stuck with a piece of junk.

For long distance, drop bars are the best choice. They offer more positions for your hands. There is a reason racers still use them.
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We got an amazing one from PlayItAgain. They were able to offer a huge additional unadvertised % off by calling the seller and getting his permission. We saw the bike being sold for @ $1000 used, but got this one for around $350.
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ride on the mountain road or mountain biking. two different types of bikes.

id always check out bikesdirect first. if you can beat bikesdirect prices for the parts you got yourself a pretty good deal. if you are pretty knowledgeable about bikes you can always search craigslist. plenty of deals to be had. lots of people who bought way too much bike than they really ride.
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