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    Confused On Road Bike Sizing? I’ve looked at several guides and the more I see, the more I become confused. I am 6′ 2″ish. Using the measurement guides on http://www.sierratradingpost.com/lp2/bike-fit-guide.html which has you a hold a book up to your crotch, I have a 33″ inseam, a 27.5″ torso, and 25″ arm length. According to this guide, I should buy a 56cm road bike. Many other guides, like http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/roadsizing.html and ebay’s guide have said that for that height and inseam, I should have a 60-62cm. http://www.bikecyclingreviews.com/faq/1004_choosing_your_bike_frame.html tells me 57cm and that I apparently have freakishly small legs for my height. Please help!

    I don’t know if it will help, but my jeans have a 34″ inseam and go one inch past my heel, so the 33″ seems to be about right. Thank you to everyone who tries to help
    I’ve looked at several guides and the more I see, the more I become confused. I am 6′ 2″ish. Using the measurement guides on http://www.sierratradingpost.com/lp2/bik… which has you a hold a book up to your crotch, I have a 33″ inseam, a 27.5″ torso, and 25″ arm length. According to this guide, I should buy a 56cm road bike. Many other guides, like http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/road… and ebay’s guide have said that for that height and inseam, I should have a 60-62cm. http://www.bikecyclingreviews.com/faq/10… tells me 57cm and that I apparently have freakishly small legs for my height. Please help!

    I don’t know if it will help, but my jeans have a 34″ inseam and go one inch past my heel, so the 33″ seems to be about right. Also, this will be my first road bike, and I plan to buy it used on ebay, so, unfortunately I will not have the luxury of a test ride. Thank you to everyone who tries to help
    Also, this will be my first road bike, and I plan to buy it used on ebay, so, unfortunately I will not have the luxury of a test ride.

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      Road bike sizing is not standardized among brands. So, just like shoes, you have to try them on to see if they really fit. Go to a local bike shop and let them show you what size fits you. They have people who are qualified to do this. Go there even if you plan to buy the bike online or from some other source. You will be back to your local bike shop to buy things like tires, tubes, accessories, and clothing. I’ve heard they make more money on that stuff than they do on the bikes.

      For what it’s worth, most people your size ride a 60 cm bike, but not everyone. Proper fit can’t be stressed too much. Riding a properly fitted bike is a joy and a pleasure. Riding a badly fitted bike is torture.

      HTH

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    • Inna
    • February 4, 2014
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    Suggestions On Mountain Bikes Or Road Bikes? My boyfriend and I want to buy bikes but we have no clue what were doing when it comes to the right kind of bike. We live in San Francisco, which is very hilly, and we plan on riding them mainly on the street or through the park, nothing extreme. Can someone recommend a practical and reliable yet not to pricey bike? Also if we need mountain bikes for the hills or a road bike?

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      A) Define “not too pricey”. I’m not privy to your bank account or credit card info. Good bikes of any type will start in the $450 – $500 price range. Good “road bikes” in the $650 – $700 range.

      B) Why limit yourself to only two types of bikes? And so vastly greater in difference? Mountain bikes are great off-road…but they SUCK on paved surfaces. Knobby off-road tires & suspension parts only slow you down. Suspension parts soak up or absorb YOUR energy. With every stroke of the pedals, part of your energy is absorbed into those suspension parts & NOT transmitted to the rear wheel.

      C) Conversely – pure road bikes (with drop down style handlebars) can’t take the use & abuse of going off-road. Plus the skinny high pressure road tires aren’t designed to give off-road traction.

      D) Read “Bicycles: How to Choose” on this link… http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/bicycle.html
      My bet is, you’ll NEED some type of comfort bike or hybrid bike. These bikes can go on light (man-made) groomed off-road trails of finely crushed stone & are still great to ride on the streets. Think of them as a cross between a pure road bike & a mountain bike.

      E) Easiest way to choose a bicycle? Five, simple, easy to understand words… Go To A Bicycle Shop. Salespeople do NOT work on commission. You get PROFESSIONAL sales & service before, during & MOST importantly AFTER the sale. At least one FREE (under warranty) tune-up after the sale. And test rides are FREE. Try at least 2 or 3. See link… http://nbda.com/articles/the-bike-shop-advantage-pg193.htm

      F) AVOID discount & big box stores like the plague. Minimum wage “associates” slap a bike together without a clue. Same person could have been selling goldfish the week before over in the pet dept. This is why Wally World list their (so-called) bicycles in the TOY DEPT.! Plus all the inferior components these bikes come with.

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    On Road And Off Road Bikes? I’m looking for a bike that I will mostly use on road for the most of the time, but also capable of going on high adventure mountain trails once in a while. I’m not sure whether to go for an on-road bike or off-road mountain bike. And i seriously don’t know the different specs that I would have to look for.
    Thanks.

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      Road bikes are fragile and cannot handle an off road trail. If you are only going to buy one bike, you will need to go for a mountain bike. Like already mentioned, 2 sets of tires is a good idea. I switch mine out all the time and am going to order a second set of wheels and have road tires on one set and off road tires on the other set.

      A mountain bike is not anywhere near as quick on the road as a road bike, but with the right tires makes a decent commuter bike. Two bikes is really the way to go, but for most of us that is not an option.

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    Will A Road Bike Be Easier? I’m new to biking, so please bare with me with the obvious question:)

    I’ve been biking as exercise on the road, but have been using my very cheap (purchased at Target) mountain bike. I bike mainly on the road.

    This bike is ready to bust (the gears really don’t work) and I’m getting really out of breath going up hills with this bike.

    Will my miles be much easier if I purchase a road bike instead? Is there more speed and smoothness on the road?
    Also, I realize a decent road bike is going to cost me. Do you know of any affordable brands that are good quality (and do they let you finance)?

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      Road bikes are faster in general for several reasons:
      1. Slick tires offer less resistance
      2. They are lighter, thus going faster is easier

      But, the ease of climbing is also dependent on the gear ratio. Very expensive road bikes will not have very low gear ratio and as such will be harder to pedal. This should not be a problem for you as you are on a budget.

      Most brands (even good ones) will have entry level bikes. My suggestion is that you go to a bike store and explain your situation, do not buy another bike from Target or Wallmart etc. Sales people do not know what they are selling, to them a bike is a toy not a means of transportation or a serious sport item that need to be the right size etc.

      Specialized and Trek are both very reliable and good brands, most bike shops will carry those in stock, ask for entry level bikes and go from there, take their advice as they are usually good experts.

      Good luck,
      Volodya

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    Single-Gear Coaster Brake Road Bike? Hey, I am wondering if someone with knowledge on bicycles can help me out.. I am looking to build a single gear road bike with a coaster brake.. I want to know every single part that i need to buy. So far I have bought a frame that came with forks. If you could please list every part i need it would really help me out..

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      Road bike and coaster brakes don’t normally go together.

      What kind of frame? The spacing won’t be correct for a coaster brake if the frame was from a modern multi-geared road bike. If it is a single speed frame with horizontal drops, just make it a free hub single speed and put dual pivot brakes on the bike. Two brakes stop you better than one and either of the two hand actuated brakes work better than a coaster brake.

      If you insist on a coaster brake my suggestion is to buy 700C wheels of the appropriate spacing for your frame. Presuming you can find a coaster hub to fit that spacing have the hub laced to the rear wheel. Better start checking what you have already.

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    What Is A Good Road Bike? Looking for a road bike .what is a good make and style.

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      All good road bikes either come from real bike shops, or one of the higher end bikes from a web site – Bikes Direct. I would not order a bike from the Internet unless you are 100% positive it is the right bike for you.

      What is the right bike for you? Only you can tell by going to all the bike shops in your area, trying them (road test) and asking all the questions you can. Fit & feel is the #1 priority. If it doesn’t feel right – it’s not. Other things to ask, what is the follow up service warranty? Some shops only give one free check-up. Some for a year – some for life.

      There are a ton of good makes…Raleigh, Trek, Specialized, Cannondale – the list goes on & on. Just avoid discount store & big box store bikes like the plague! I can’t recommend one specific brand. Buying a bike is like buying a pair of shoes – very personal experience. Only you know when it’s right.

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    Entry Level Road Bike? I am looking at trying to get an entry level road bike that I can grow into the sport with. I am trying to find a bike around the $500 range that I am not going to have to replace in the near future. Additionally, I live near lots of hills and been told to look for a bike with Shimano shifters. Does anyone have any suggestions for a good bike?

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      1 – Understand the most important things on a new road bike are
      -1 Fit – 2 Frame material – 3 components – in that order.
      For $500 bucks you can get an entry level bike that can take you many miles.
      Don’t forget to budget or plan for things that may not come with the bike – Water bottles and cages, helmet, cycling clithes, cyclo computer & pedal/shoes.

      1 -Check out the following sites for info
      http://www.rei.com/learn/Cycling?cm_re=toc*toc*expert_advice&vcat=REI_SSHP_CYCLING_TOC
      http://www.rei.com/LearnShareDetailArticlesList?categoryId=Cycling&url=rei/learn/cycle/clfitf.jsp
      & this article specifically
      http://www.bicycling.com/article/0,6610,s1-3-12-15079-1,00.html

      2 – Check out some bikes online
      http://www.bikesdirect.com – online only some shops in TX.
      http://www.performancebike.com -they have local shops in some cities
      http://www.rei.com – local and online shop.

      3- Then go to a couple local bike only shops – pick one you like the best (and who can really fit you to the bike) and take their reccomendation if they have a bike you like. If all they do when fittign you to the bike is have you stand over it, then go to a different shop. THey should put it on a trainer and have you pedal….and spend some time with you.
      Or buy online if you feel comfortable putting it together….and fitting yourself.

      For Frame material – Aluminum or steel will be your choice. Maybe a CF fork – but Carbon Fiber frame or CF seat stays will be more than $500. Steell will feel smoother….MErcier from http://www.bikesdirect are steel & Jamis makes steel bikes too & I think performance bike has some steel ones too. Aluminum just feels rough but this can be a personal choice.
      Frame geometries will be different….aggresive for racing…or compact frame for a more relaxed riding (sloped top tube) – this will come down to personal preference too.
      Components – Look for Tiagra at a minimum (not SORA), 105 if you can get them. Don;t be afraid to spend just a buit more….the difference in a 500 and 600 bike can be big.
      Or you can consider used – call bike shops in your area to see who sells used. Or take a chance on ebay – study fit first. An 5-8 yr old bike for 300-400 bucks one EBAY would be a good starting place and would be better than a 500 bke now. That;s what I did I got a $900 bike for just over 300 used still riding it 2yrs later – no plans to change. BUt you have to study up on fit to fit yourself – not that hard.

      When you get your bike – here’s some basic info in Skills for a beginner.
      http://www.rei.com/LearnShareDetailArticlesList?storeId=8000&categoryId=Cycling&url=rei/learn/cycle/clskillsf.jsp
      ANd join a local bike club to ride with too they will keep you in the sport.

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    • AS
    • February 17, 2014
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    Difference Betn Road & Triathlon Bikes? Been to a bike shop recently. I saw on display triathlon bikes on 1 section & road bikes in another.
    They both look the same to me. Both have at least 10 – 12 speeds derailleurs, curved handle bars, hard seats, lightweight frames, tubular tyres etc. Also both bikes race/travel on roads.

    So whats the diff? Can anyone use a triathlon bike for something like say the Tour De France.
    Road bikes seem to cost more than the triathlon ones

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      Road racing is run under the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) guidelines and specifications, including the specifications of bikes. Although many Triathlon bikes are also used during time trial stages of road racing tours, they actually are not in essence true triathlon bikes. In other words, the majority of bikes used in triathlon races are simply Time Trial bikes used in road racing.

      The first true triathlon bike designed specifically for triathlon was the Specialized Shiv which was introduced back in 2011 at the Ironman World Championship. These bikes are designed in such a way as to maximise power efficiency and reduce drag, however the Shiv does not meet UCI specifications, therefore could not be used in a time trial of a road race tour such as the Tour de France. Triathlons are run under different governing bodies to cycling therefore, have different specifications for what is allowed.

      For what it’s worth, here are the main characteristics of triathlon bikes and road bikes.

      Triathlon Bikes:
      – Aerodynamic frame : Large flat or oval tubes reduce the frontal area.
      – Steeper tubes : Set at steeper angles so that the more upright seat tube brings the rider further forward over the bottom bracket.
      – Steeper steering column : Offers a stiff feel to the front of the bike, makes it more responsive and creates a shorter wheelbase.
      – Fixed aero-bars with bar-end shifters : Allows the rider only one riding position, bar-ends are for aero gear shifting.
      – Deep section wheels : Furthers the aerodynamic benefit of riding alone.

      Road Bikes:
      – Shallow tube angles : Positions the rider further behind the bottom bracket and softens the feel of the road surface.
      – Top tubes : Often constructed with thicker sides to dampen road vibrations.
      – Dropped handlebars : Provides numerous hand and arm positions.
      – Wheels : Can be exactly the same as on tri bikes but are easier to remove because of the longer wheelbase.
      – STI levers : Combines brake and gear shifting into the same component.

      Many people starting out in triathlon will use road bikes and continue to do so for many years, sometimes even their entire lifetime competing in triathlons. You can buy clip-in tri bars that allow a rider to sit in the tucked aerodynamic position on a road bike.

      Riders will upgrade to a triathlon bike once their skills and endurance strength get to a sufficient point where there are significant gains to be made by switching to a more aerodynamic frame, and seated position.

      In regards to cost, they are like motor vehicles. You can get a road bike that ranges in price from $200 up to and above $10,000. Triathlon bikes are the same, entry level triathlon bikes are around the $2000 mark with a few exceptions from some of the cheaper brands. Most triathlon bikes with full componentry and wheels will be worth between $5000-$15,000.

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    Bicycle Question Road Bikes? My road bike i bought had a bummed rear deraiuler/fgear changer well it was more like i couldnt figure out how it went back on as its completly differnt from a modern setup i found a newer mtb bike that was a piece of junk but it happend to be the same gear setup front and rear it also had 2 front gears and 5 rear gears i swapped in the gearchanger for the rear and before my tire blew i was only getting 3 out of 5 gears i may have mis adjusted the derailer when i was trying to get the other gears to work or it may have been mis adjusted from the start as i got it off a junk bike my question is do you think i dont have all the gears because its misadjusted or because its a newer part?

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      GMC Denali Pro Road Bike (56cm Frame) is a very good bike for its price.. if your going to start biking get it!! i payed 250 for it but i had to go to a bike shop to tune it up and that cost me 50.. so total it was 300.. i suggest that you do the same because it really helps and its hard to put together right put of the box.. and they adjust it for you.. so you should do that :).. overall great bike!! very happy… just onproblem. i took the bike out for my 5th day of riding and the front wheel got flat. the tires arent that strong i guess but there still ok. i fixed the tire and now it rides smooth again.. other than that good bike

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    • SM S
    • February 23, 2014
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    Woman’s Road Bike? I am five inches tall, I would like to buy a woman’s road bike, that has a lighter aluminum frame with mid-range components that keep performing after miles of use. I am looking for around $500 – $800 range

    1) What is a good brand that you recommend, with a drop down bar (tube) in the front, for easy get on/off

    2) What is the right frame size that I should buy? (48 inches?)

    3) When buying a bicycle, what other factors to look for?

    Thanks
    I am 5 ft tall, not 5 inches tall
    I am 5 ft tall, not 5 inches tall

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      I am also a 5′ tall female and finding a suitable road bike wasn’t an easy task.

      If you’re looking for a a women’s bike with the sloping/dropped top tube? Well, they were originally designed that way to accomodate skirts, and there really aren’t any decent road bikes made that way anymore. About the only road bike I’m aware of that is, is the GMC “Denali”, which is sold at Walmart for roughly $140–and I’d advise against it.

      There are a few “comfort bikes” on the current market with that dropped/sloping top tube, but they’re pretty heavy and they’re really only good for cruising around town, 2-3 miles at the most.

      WSD (Women specific design) road bikes are now made with a shorter top tube and narrower handlebars–so you don’t have to stretch out as far or spread your arms as far apart to work the gears and brakes. Otherwise, the design is the same as mens’ bikes, although bikes with a “compact design” generally have a slight slope to the top tube.

      Good brands? Trek and Specialized are always a good choice, but there’s so much variety out there and honestly, it’s all really a matter of personal preference. (and I agree with the above poster who recommended you look for Shimano 105s components–which offer a good combination of quality and durability. The quality of the other parts on a bike equipped with 105s are usually also fairly decent.

      As far as what size frame you should look for? It’s not just a matter of your height, but body build and the overall geometry of the bike as well. At 5′ even, 47″ – 49″ generally. It’s advisable though to go to a reputable bike shop and get properly fitted, and test ride a few bikes, if possible. This may be difficult because most bike shops don’t carry a whole lot of smaller road bikes–IF ANY! I ended up having to order on-line because I couldn’t find a bike shop that carried any itsey, bitsey bikes with the level of quality I desired–and I looked for a very long time!

      My road bike is an Airborne Titanium WASP, which is a women’s specific design, 47″ and weighs in at a whopping 16 pounds. I’ve never owned a bike before that came anywhere close in terms of speed, distance, and hill climbing capability. Truely an amazing bike, but unfortunately, no longer produced.

      Best of luck!

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