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Can anyone help me to pick out a road bike?

Aznsensation 97 October 29, 2011 at 11:58 AM in Request (2)
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I'm interested in buying a road bike. My budget is around $400. I came across these models that seem pretty nice, but I do not know much about the bikes or the parts:

Choice 1: http://bikesdirect.com/products/g...erty_1.htm

Choice 2: http://www.bikesdirect.com/produc...on3_IX.htm

Choice 3: http://www.bikesdirect.com/produc...y_tour.htm

Choice 4: http://www.bikesdirect.com/produc...xi_sc3.htm

Choice 5: http://www.bikesdirect.com/produc...lttour.htm

Choice 6: http://www.bikesdirect.com/produc...atte_x.htm

Choice 7: http://www.bikesdirect.com/produc...rty_cx.htm

Out of these choices, I like option 4 and 7; however, I do not know much about bike parts. So, which one of these has the best parts?
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Links don't work
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The first one is pretty nice. LOL. I like it.
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Given your budget these are all going to have similar parts in terms of quality. Just make sure the fit is going to be right for you.
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Quote from Aznsensation View Post :
I'm interested in buying a road bike. My budget is around $400. I came across these models that seem pretty nice, but I do not know much about the bikes or the parts:

Out of these choices, I like option 4 and 7; however, I do not know much about bike parts. So, which one of these has the best parts?
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Most of the links didn't work, but I was able to discern all but one of the bikes. First, I'd stay away from anything that doesn't have a carbon fork, which would eliminate the Gravity Liberty CX and the Dawes Lightning Tour. In this pricerange, I'd want the shifters and derailleurs to be Shimano, which eliminates the Gravity Liberty 1. I'd also want drop handlebars, which would knock out the Mercier Galaxy Tour.

For the ones I could figure out the links on, that leaves the Windsor Wellington 3.0 and Mercier Galaxy AL SC3. They are pretty similar. Both have triple cranks on the front, however, the rear cassette on the Windsor is an 11-28, whereas the Mercier has a 12-25. That means the Windsor will have a larger range of gear ratios, which you might appreciate if you're going to be climbing with this rig.

Personally, I don't like the look of a sloped top tube, which would be another vote for Windsor.

With all of that said, I'd really suggest you reconsider this pricepoint. You're really at the very bottom of the spectrum for road bikes and by putting in just a couple hundred more into it, you can upgrade to a better machine that will work better and last you longer.

From the site you're on, I'd recommend checking out the 2011 Motobecane
Grand Record (http://www.bikesdirect.com/produc...cord_x.htm). It's $600, and has a carbon fork, 9-speed rear cassette vs. 8-speed for the bikes on your list, upgraded shifters (Sora) and derailleurs (Tiagra), better wheels and tires, and the thing just looks better. It even has clipless pedals, which I'd recommend for the other bike anyway. Those would set you back about $50 right there. It does mean you'll need proper cycling shoes with a cleat, but I'd recommend those either way as well.

Keep in mind that you're going to need a bike pump that works with a Presta valve, as all of the bikes will need it. One other thing I'd mention is that I'd really recommend buying your bike at a local bike store rather than the internet. Different bike frames have different geometries, and some will fit you better than others. It's also hard to tell what size bike you should buy, because their guides aren't suitable for everyone. When I purchased my first (and current) road bike, my local bike shop guy put me on it on a trainer in the store and checked my body position. He ended up adjusting the position of the seat and swapping out the stem for a longer one to give me a better riding position.
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only links 1 & 5 work. I agree with what some folks have already said. At that price point, there is not going to be a helluva lot of difference in them. I do know from the limited experience I have that Gravity are not that great. Pretty cheap build quality and a lot of them have no-name components.

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With all of that said, I'd really suggest you reconsider this pricepoint. You're really at the very bottom of the spectrum for road bikes and by putting in just a couple hundred more into it, you can upgrade to a better machine that will work better and last you longer.
Plus this. I was trying to take the cheap route a few years ago for a mountain bike. Was looking for under $400. Ended up spending double that on a very nice Specialized.
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Quote from Aznsensation View Post :
I'm interested in buying a road bike. My budget is around $400. I came across these models....
Go to a bike shop, see what like, ask some shop questions.
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