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I'm looking for a road bike to use for training and a couple triathlons. I have no idea what to look for. My budget is kind of low, $700ish (total so including pedals, wheels, etc.) so used bikes aren't out of the question. I've seen a couple Raleigh bikes in my price range, how are those?

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He wants a $2500 bike for $700.

Pat get back to the sumo thread .
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Ha, don't want to jinx it, but I may have things figured out with the sumo. Hence this thread

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Ha, don't want to jinx it, but I may have things figured out with the sumo. Hence this thread
Until you get the sumo deal sorted , you cant spend money on a peddler . It might distort you pipe , carb , or tire budget .
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Don't ever type "petal" instead of "pedal" ever again! FYI, most bikes do not come with pedals. Shop List de Craig for salacious deals.
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$700
-150 for bike fit
-75 for PEDALS
-100 for helmet
-100 for hydration set up
-75 for flat kit/extra tube
Leaves you with $200 for a new bike.

Check www.gearscan.com

There is a nice fuji that comes up there once in a while cheap! You just have to know what size you are.

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Don't ever type "petal" instead of "pedal" ever again! FYI, most bikes do not come with pedals. Shop List de Craig for salacious deals.
Maybe he's trying to reach out ?

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100 for hydration... seriously... a camelback with 50oz can be had for like 30

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$700
-150 for bike fit
-75 for PEDALS
-100 for helmet
-100 for hydration set up
-75 for flat kit/extra tube
Leaves you with $200 for a new bike.

Check www.gearscan.com

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I new tube is like $4 too! And a decent bike fit is $300! This list is bunk yo!
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Two water bottles and some cheap cages is all you need for hydration on a sprint or olympic. Camelbak is for motocross or mountain bikes. Meulen is referring to something aero that is for serious tri peeps.

Raleigh bikes are ok to start. There are deals a plenty out there for used bikes. The Scott Speedster line is also a good place to start too. Check local shops as they usually discount the older models pretty heavily. Main St Bikes in Carpentersville had some for very cheap but stopped posting bikes for sale on their facebook, give them a call to see what they have.

How tall are you?
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Two water bottles and some cheap cages is all you need for hydration on a sprint or olympic. Camelbak is for motocross or mountain bikes. Meulen is referring to something aero that is for serious tri peeps.

Raleigh bikes are ok to start. There are deals a plenty out there for used bikes. The Scott Speedster line is also a good place to start too. Check local shops as they usually discount the older models pretty heavily. Main St Bikes in Carpentersville had some for very cheap but stopped posting bikes for sale on their facebook, give them a call to see what they have.

How tall are you?
I wouldn't say I'm a serious triathlete :P I'm doing my first one in June, and all I have is a Schwinn mountain bike from target or a 60's Schwinn continental. I have the helmet and hydration covered, just need a decent ride. Raleigh was what I saw in my price range at the local bike shop. Used bikes I'm a little more unsure of though. Don't really know much about road bikes. Would I be better off searching bike shops, or try to find something on Craigslist?

And I'm average size 5'10" 160lbs.

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What model Raleigh?
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I was estimating things. Obviously you can spend more or less here and there but basically that was a pretty good guideline. Most important is a bike fit. If you get the wrong size or a bad fit you won't want to ride the bike at all. You don't have to go with a $300 retul fit but it would be worth it IMO. Personally, on that budget, I would get the fit and buy something used I could get to those dimensions with. Obviously that's going to depend on how bike savvy you are or how mechanically inclined you are.

Btw.....what's bunk is the guy saying a fit is $300 when he's never had one himself! Lol

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I'd just get a $10K Cervelo and be done with it. You'll never need another bike! Save money!
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I've got a Trek Madone I'll sell you...been ridden about 8 times....it's got ultegra, all carbon fiber, etc

I want to switch to a mountain bike.

Ken can chime in on this one and give his feedback on it.

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What model Raleigh?
I think it was the Revenio 1.0 or 2.0.

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I've got a Trek Madone I'll sell you...been ridden about 8 times....it's got ultegra, all carbon fiber, etc
Depending on the model this may be out of my price range.

Where is a good place to get fitted? I'm on the north side of the city, and I'm in the near north burbs a lot. Not trying to be a cheap ass/smart ass, but what do they do at a bike fitting. Isn't it just based on height and limb length? I understand the benefits of a properly fitted bike, but that's a lot of my budget. Could I measure myself?

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I measured myself for my first road bike. Needless to say I got the wrong size.

There's more to it than inseam and height. Your leg/torso proportions and your flexibility and any existing back or neck problems all play into it too.

If your going to be training on this bike for hours at a time you don't want to be miserable. The difference between miserable and comfortable can sometimes be fractions of an inch and an adjustment a fraction of an inch in saddle height might set off a chain of reaction of fractions of an inch in stem length, stem height, seat angle, etc. a fitter will work with you so those hours in the saddle aren't going to be uncomfortable because of your body position. All you'll have to focus on is the pain of your workout. !

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I'd just get a $10K Cervelo and be done with it. You'll never need another bike! Save money!
Good call! You spend $10k on a new cervelo and they better throw the fit in for nothing! . Lol

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Whatever you do, make sure to error on the side of getting a smaller bike if you have to decide. You can make a small bike bigger, but not a big bike smaller. If it were me, I would research what size you need and look for a used bike. I have only had one road bike in my life and it's not slowing me down a bit. But I am not the type of person to whine and complain about little things either. A bike fit is well worth it, but if something has to go, let it go. If you are the type of person to work around problems then don't worry about it. On the other side, if you get a screaming deal on a bike and it just doesn't agree with you for whatever reason, you can sell it and look for another one too.
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What about this one? Pretty much maxes out my budget, but the frame size looks good, haven't looked into the other dimensions yet.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/bik/2867314743.html

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Nice bike but a 51 may be a little too small for you, give it a test ride. A 54 or even a 56cm may work better.

Ken don't you ride a 58cm and you are 6'?''

I would make an offer on something like this:
http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/bik/2856257516.html
http://madison.craigslist.org/bik/2882625074.html
http://madison.craigslist.org/bik/2884558072.html.
http://madison.craigslist.org/bik/2884022631.html - by far the nicest bike, i'd offer him $900. I know it's above your budget but it's so far above the others it's worth it.
Hell I would even consider selling my bike to buy something like that Giant.

treks general rule of thumb:
http://www.trekbikes.com/faq/questio...?questionid=63
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I have a 60cm and I'm 6'2" with 32" inseam to give you reference.

I also had my bike fitted by Bob @ wheel werks.

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Hmm I was just using the link in the sticky for a reference. I'll have to sit on a few to get a better idea of frame size. 51 seemed short, but what do I know?

This one looks too fancy for me :P

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Nice bike but a 51 may be a little too small for you, give it a test ride. A 54 or even a 56cm may work better.
For the record on size, I'm 5'9".
My training/racing bike is 52... I have raced on a bike as small as a 50.
My Tri bike is 54.

As Ken mention, error on the size of small.


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Holy crap, you guys are all over the place. My daughter rides a 47 and she isn't even 5 feet tall yet. I ride a 58 road/56 tri and I'm 6 feet. How tall are you?
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Lol. This is why a fit is important!! Why Ken rides 2 different size bikes I'll never know! Lol. Probably more to do with geometry between bikes more than anything.

I'm 6' 1" with 34" inseam and ride a 58cm

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Most people ride a TT bike one size smaller than a typical road bike. Not exactly sure why, but I'm sure it does have something to do with the geometry and body position/TT bars.
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