I want to buy my 1st Road bike.
Yes there are a lot of these threads but I’m still not able to answer some things… (partly as there is no right or wrong answer!).
I’ve been riding fixed for 4 or so months, love it and will keep that bike, Alu Leader 725, Mash Bullhorns, Thomson blah blah blah. Was going to swap frame to a Mash Bolt or Dodici but instead of that I’ll put the money towards a new Road bike.
I will be using the Road bike to get in shape riding around Richmond Park and heading out from Chiswick area to wherever. On the fixed I’m doing 20-50 miles rides easy around London (avoiding hills) and am at about a 100-150 miles per week level.
I will do some London to Reading/Oxford type (charity) rides for fun and a Marlow event but primarily it’ll be used for riding around purely because I enjoy it (got through winter) and need to get in shape. 6’4” (193cm) & the wrong end of 16st (230lbs) but will be below 15st in a couple of months. I’ll be ‘touring’ more than ‘racing’ I suppose, give or take Strava banter at work! Therefore I’m leading towards Shimano MTB pedals and Sidi MTB shoes… for coffe stops and lunch! Hypothetically.
I have read a fair amount (on the interwebs) and know for a fact I won’t be able to test all the bikes I am considering because I want it asap due to the Reading-London ride on April 28th 2013 and I doubt I’ll manage it fixed (even with a bit of MTFU). General questions:
1. Buy a cheap bike, upgrade wheels or go straight to a more expensive bike?
2. Buy a cheap bike, lose weight, and then get a more expensive bike?
I typically like to avoid going too cheap as I will not be totally happy and end up spending £1000 only to buy another bike for £1,500-£2,000 12 months later (wife get mad blah blah blah) so I have been looking at bikes from £900-£3,000! and am starting to annoy myself…
If you’re still reading. Here is where I am. I know they are all very different. I know I will probably be happy with any of these but still actually have to pull the trigger so if any of these bikes are a no no for a big guy or if 10r carbon is a better option over better groupset I’d be interested on feedback.
Bikes – all 61cm (ish)
1. Specialized Roubaix Comp Compact 2013 - £2,500 FACT 8r, Ultegra/105
2. Wilier Montegrappa Xenon 10sp 2013 - £899 Alu, Campag. Xenon, Tektro etc
-with Mavic or Rolf type wheel upgrade ie. £900 Mavic 2013 Ksyrium SLR Clincher
3. Wilier Gran Turismo Centaur 10Sp 2013 - £2,499 Full Carbon Monocoque, Centaur Red/FSA Gossamer
1.Van Nicholas Ventus (or Chinook) Titanium - £2,800+ with wheel upgrade
2.Specialized Venge Comp 2013 – Originally wanted this but think I’d like a better groupset over FACT 10r carbon for £2,500 – based on absolutely nothing!!! And the reviews say a wheelset change is needed…
3. I think Condor type stuff is our of my league and decided to post here before looking at brands like Canyon...
Thanks to anyone who actually got through all this,