At your price point, you will do MUCH better spending that amount of $$ on a 3-4 year old used bike. Figure out your correct size and start looking for a used bike. The bang for the buck is hugely better at this price point.513xj said:Hi, I am looking to get into riding. I am looking for a quality bike for around 500 doll hairs. Any suggestions? I have seen some Tommaso ads around, and the prices look decent. Any Input?
513xj said:Hi, I am looking to get into riding. I am looking for a quality bike for around 500 doll hairs. Any suggestions? I have seen some Tommaso ads around, and the prices look decent. Any Input?
Thanks for the input.txgal said:When I got a used bike I used the craigslist for my area, luckily my area has a large cycling community and there are about 7 to 10 decent road bikes posted for sale everyday. I managed to get a bike that was barely used (still had that sticky stuff on some parts like the cranks etc that they use to keep things from getting scratched while shipping) with 105 components all around plus a yakima bike rack for my car for $500. You just have to look for the right deal. Just make sure it fits, here I know my LBS will look at a bike for free and tell you if they would be able to properly fit you to the bike no matter where you got the bike from. They will also check it out mechanically for a small fee.
My first recommendation would be to try to find a used bike at a shop. This would allow you to get a fitting, and would ensure that it had some level of maintenance performed on it.513xj said:I think my best bet is to buy a used bike. Does anyone have any suggestions for a quality bike that was made a few years ago, but would still be a good ride?
radioflyer said:Yo 513xj:
Here's the deal... If you're seriously stuck at $500, you will definately want a used bike. I'd suggest ebay as a good place to look. So what should you look for? Well, first things first... you need to know what size you would ride. You can get a rough estimate by reading published material online. Check your height/leg length, etc... At the money you want to spend, you'll end up (likely) with an aluminum frame. If you can get a parts package as good as 105, great. If not, it's not the end of the world. Most inexpensive road bikes feature almost exactly the same package of parts, and the frames aren't so finely tuned that you'll notice any real difference between brands. So find one that fits well, and hopefully in a color to your liking. I always encourage people to go with cosmetic selections that make them want to ride. Good luck.