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Urgent: Need help/advice re buying roadbike in next few days!!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Brown Sep 16, 2010. 11 Replies

Hi so here's my problem:I ride a mountain bike for cross country/commuting in england.Im living in oz for 2 months and I want a road bike (i'll take it home in 2 months when i leave oz)I need to buy…Continue

 

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Michael Brown replied to spike's discussion Urgent: Need help/advice re buying roadbike in next few days!!!
"If you are going to be in Sydney drop me a PM as I can hook you up with the guys from Blackmans. They will do you an awesome price on a new Roadie for under $1000 - Say a MERIDA 901 or 903 ...."
Sep 16, 2010
Paul Murphy replied to spike's discussion Urgent: Need help/advice re buying roadbike in next few days!!!
"No matter what you get make sure it fits. Get the bike shop to measure you up and find out what size frame you need."
Sep 3, 2010
Super Si replied to spike's discussion Urgent: Need help/advice re buying roadbike in next few days!!!
"Hi Spike. Sora (along with the 2200) is the entry level group set for Shimano. In product heirarchy order it goes... 2200 Sora Tiagra 105 Ultegra Dura Ace It depends on your purse and the type of riding experience you want. Most entry level bikes…"
Mar 11, 2010
spike replied to spike's discussion Urgent: Need help/advice re buying roadbike in next few days!!!
"unfortunately i'm already here... can someone explain what's 'wrong' with sora? isn't it still shimano...and aren't shimano good? im a bit confused... cheers..."
Mar 10, 2010
Super Si replied to spike's discussion Urgent: Need help/advice re buying roadbike in next few days!!!
"Cate, it's true. I've a friend who builds bikes for other friends using high end components/parts. He reckons the UK is great value at the moment due to the strong Dollar and the weak Pound. Are we telling Spike it might be worth looking…"
Mar 9, 2010
Susan replied to spike's discussion Urgent: Need help/advice re buying roadbike in next few days!!!
"No matter what you get make sure it fits. Get the bike shop to measure you up and find out what size frame you need. Will totally save you getting the wrong size and then having back, leg, knee, shoulder etc issues from riding a bike that is too big…"
Mar 9, 2010
Cate replied to spike's discussion Urgent: Need help/advice re buying roadbike in next few days!!!
"Funny. Just thinking of the irony of us Aussies buying from English websites online because of the expense of bikes and parts here... Anyway just thinkin' ... back to work ..."
Mar 9, 2010
Jake replied to spike's discussion Urgent: Need help/advice re buying roadbike in next few days!!!
"Go to Cheeky Transport in Newtown, Sydney. They will fix you up. http://www.cheekytransport.com.au/stuff-we-sell/bikes/surly/long-haul-trucker/"
Mar 8, 2010
Super Si replied to spike's discussion Urgent: Need help/advice re buying roadbike in next few days!!!
"Spike there are three Giant Defy bikes on the landing page associated with the following link - ranging in price from $999 - $1,300. As pointed out elsewhere I think they have Sora components. http://bit.ly/9nHg7w Then there's... Scott…"
Mar 8, 2010
Super Si replied to spike's discussion Urgent: Need help/advice re buying roadbike in next few days!!!
"I did some research recently and found that Shimano manufacture a cheaper option than Sora ie, the 2200. For comparison the 2200 rear derailleur weighs in at a hefty 288g, as opposed to Dura Ace at 166g ...is that too geeky? If I think about it,…"
Mar 8, 2010
spike replied to spike's discussion Urgent: Need help/advice re buying roadbike in next few days!!!
"wow thanks guys! i wasn't sure if i'd get a response....i like the idea of buying a second hand bike for many reasons price as well as promoting re-use over buying new but i think im too strapped for time and don't know enough yet to…"
Mar 8, 2010
Tony Arnold replied to spike's discussion Urgent: Need help/advice re buying roadbike in next few days!!!
"I'd agree with others about looking in Brisbane if that is where you are based (try Brisbane Cyclist for tips). When you are looking at road bikes, you generally need to tack on a few hundred dollars above the cost of a flat-bar bike. If you…"
Mar 8, 2010
David Taylor replied to spike's discussion Urgent: Need help/advice re buying roadbike in next few days!!!
"I have a Trek 1500, in good condition with a 105 Gruppo for $1200 if you want."
Mar 8, 2010
swill replied to spike's discussion Urgent: Need help/advice re buying roadbike in next few days!!!
"Depending on what you want the bike for.....I'd think $900 might be a bit low. If you were able to move up to around $1300 - $1400....you could get 105 components......and then you have a better bike. You could then use the bike for…"
Mar 8, 2010
KimR replied to spike's discussion Urgent: Need help/advice re buying roadbike in next few days!!!
"A lot of shops throw in a free service in the first 3 months, so it could be better to buy in Brisbane. Also it will be easier to get the setup cchanged in case something is notiquite right. Your price range will get you a reasonable bike, but at…"
Mar 8, 2010
Farnsy replied to spike's discussion Urgent: Need help/advice re buying roadbike in next few days!!!
"For that money (does it include shoes, pedals etc??), don't rule out a second hand bike. I bought my first road bike on ebay and it was a beauty. In my experience serious cyclists will often sell perfectly good bikes on ebay when they are…"
Mar 8, 2010

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