Which road bike should I choose?

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Which road bike should I choose?

Postby nomisg » Thu Jan 04, 2007 9:42 am

Well I have been looking at road bikes for about a month now, and want to spend under $500 (Australian). Due to my budget I am looking for 2nd hand bikes.

So far I have 4 options.

1. Merida Extreme 907, all ultegra parts, 52cm frame
2. Gitane mach 1400 , mainly sora parts, large frame to suit 6 foot person
3. Trek mach 1400, RSX parts, 58cm frame
4. Giant OCR2, Tiagra and some ultegra parts, large frame


Questions are, what is the best option? What would you go with and why?

I understand the Merida is a realy good value buy, but is the frame to small for me? I'm 6'2

What shoudl I look out for when I go to have a look at second hand bike, are there any tips to finding out if it is a crap bike which has been undermaintained.
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Postby ShanDog » Thu Jan 04, 2007 9:53 am

In regards to frame size, the main piece of advice you'll get is that you have to go to the bike store and try out the bike. From my experience it really is hard to choose a bike frame without physically testing the fit.
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Postby europa » Thu Jan 04, 2007 10:09 am

One question of second hand bikes, I've discussed it in a couple of other threads (and don't have time to redo it now :roll: )

http://bicycles.net.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=893

http://bicycles.net.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=578

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Postby nomisg » Thu Jan 04, 2007 10:31 am

sbra9635 wrote:In regards to frame size, the main piece of advice you'll get is that you have to go to the bike store and try out the bike. From my experience it really is hard to choose a bike frame without physically testing the fit.


Problem is I'm probably going to buy on ebay, but if from a dealer or private seller I will certainly take for a spin first.

I just did a online calculator, and its seams that I'm basically looking for a frame over 56. E.g. the best fit for me in the Giant range is a XL frame. Which I think I will find hard to find.

Which means good bye merida :-(

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Postby nomisg » Thu Jan 04, 2007 10:40 am

europa wrote:One question of second hand bikes, I've discussed it in a couple of other threads (and don't have time to redo it now :roll: )

http://bicycles.net.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=893

http://bicycles.net.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=578

Richard


Some great posts, seams like you have it nailed in respect to choosing the right second hand bike.

So I'm getting there, I have better idea of what size frame I may need and what I need to look out for. Now I just need to choose one :-)
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Postby europa » Thu Jan 04, 2007 11:00 am

Forget online calculators and stuff for frame sizes. The way a frame size is measured varies from manufacturer to manufacturer and from style of bike to style of bike.

You are best served sitting on a few bikes and to be honest, I wouldn't buy a second hand bike I can't see. People do lie on flebay, people don't necessarily know what they are talking about - hell, you can't even trust them to measure the down tube and come up with a realistic answer. Then there are the issues of amateur packaging.

At 6'2" you can more or less assume you'll be buying the biggest bike in any range. If you are reasonably sure about the bikes you'll be buying, wander into a shop (during a quiet period), explain to the salesman what you are trying to do and ask to be able to sit on a few bikes to assess size. I won't hurt to mention that you'll need to buy a full kit of gear for the bike when you finally get it.

How about this for a flebay strategy. Look only at bikes you can physically get to. Contact the seller and ask to see the bike before the auction ends - that way you can assess it properly and bid accordingly. When you find your dream bike, sign up for one of the sniper programs in an attempt to make sure you don't miss it.

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Postby mikesbytes » Sat Jan 06, 2007 4:42 pm

Option 1 is out, the frame is way too small. Other 3 frames appear to be ok size so for the remaining 3 its personal preference. OCR2 has better parts than the Gitane, I don't know RSX so can't comment.

What condition are they in? What year are they? How much are they?
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