> The folks at rec.bicycles.racing told me I'd get help here, so here are
> my questions:
> Hi, I am new to this forum and love road biking; I recently moved from
> New Orleans to the Chapel Hill area and I need to purchase a Road bike,
> unfortunately I am super price sensitive and know little about brands:
> I need advice!
> Here's what I am looking at:
> a Scattante or Tirreno with Shimano 105 rear deraileur for about $780
> Or a Trek 1000 or a Specialized Allez Elite triple for $650 but without
> Shimano 105 parts, just Tiagra...
> All bikes are similar besides the derailleur/cranksets as in aluminum
> frame & carbon forks...
> So should I spring for the extra cash and get the better materials on
> the lesser name bikes or stick with the Trek or Specialized with lesser
> I'd love to hear anyone's advice or better yet, if there are any other
> bikes I should be looking at --better deals....
Two things to remember-FIT is the most important thing and-#2-in most
bike shops, there are no 'bad' bikes.
Less expensive bikes often come from bike shops that cannot/willnot do
a bike fit. It's a "ride up and down the street", type fit which is not
a fit at all.
If there is a bike shop that will do a fit on you, even on the bike you
are interested in, get you on it, ensure the seat height/fore-aft/stem
height, length, etc, is correct...then that's a good thing. If not,
look for a shop that will do a sizing on you, and then go to other bike
shop armed with that information, and have them match it. If they give
you a thousand yard stare, go elsewhere. Frame material, components,
etc, the 'bike' matters little when compared to a good fitting
bicycle. It doesn't really matter if ya get a
Trek/Specialized/Giant/put name of bike here with whatever shimano type
stuff on it.....get the one that fits ya.