I am looking to get into road cycling, but I cannot afford even the basic entry level bikes (with the Trek 1.1 running at $700 - and the others going on up in price). I found several old Peugeot bikes from the 70s and 80s on Craigslist in my area that are available for under $200. My question is would one of these old high quality bikes work or would I just be riding an albatross (so to speak)? I want to be able to keep up with my buddies if we ride together - so would I be too slow and/or worn out on an older bike? If people in the 70s could bike long distance on these things, why can't we today?
posted by cmp4Meta
on Apr 21, 2013 -
So my awesome SO bought me a woman's hybrid bike for my birthday, and I realized after a few long-ish bike ride that I'm having 2 issues: 1.) My shoulders hurt. Bad. And for weeks. 2.) Less an issue, but my lower back also bugs me after a long ride. Is it possible to change the ergonomics of the bike by changing the handlebars? If you've done this, please share your story! [more inside]
posted by luciddream928
on Mar 5, 2013 -
I'm thinking of getting a new road bike, and would like some help in picking one. [more inside]
posted by COBRA!
on Aug 27, 2012 -
I'd like to buy a new road bike and I think I have a general idea what I'm looking for (aluminum, Tiagra, WSD). Within that class of bikes, how do I choose between the available brands? [more inside]
posted by Orinda
on May 14, 2012 -
Help outfit me in a new bike. I am trying to decide between two bikes at my local bike store or a bike from bikesdirect.com. [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony
on Jul 3, 2010 -
I'm looking for an affordable, 10 mile a day road bike for my dad for Father's day.
He doesn't want anything more expensive than a $500 USD bike, but I can't find it in my heart to buy him a $200 Schwinn from Walmart.
Can anyone suggest a road bike between $200-$500 for my dad?
He's about 6'1", 200 pounds, pants inseam 33".
Ordering online and having it delivered (USA) will work. I'm fairly handy with tools an can assemble it, but I'd rather order just 1 bike pre-packaged and not buy pieces individually and put them together myself (tires from one distributor, frame from another, etc.)
posted by WhereAmI
on Jun 7, 2010 -
For the past several years, I've been riding a Navigator 500
. I love how it handles on wooded trails, but on the open road - of which there is an abundance in Wisconsin - it is a lot
of work. Which bikes should I be looking at instead? [more inside]
posted by teremala
on Mar 1, 2010 -
Bikefilter: Trying to get into road cycling for the first time. Trying to pick up the (strange) conventions of pricing and choices. Help! [more inside]
posted by wuzandfuzz
on Sep 1, 2008 -
Is there a good program to follow to build endurance and cardiovascular fitness on a road bike? I have read previous questions (this seeming the most relevant
), but was hoping to find something that was highly structured like the couch to 5K
program for runners. How do I do a couch to 100k? I have a nice new road bike and time over the summer.
posted by procrastination
on May 28, 2008 -
How do I find/buy/examine a used roadbike? I don't want to win the Tour De France, I just want to cycle around the lake near our house 2-3 times a week (which I can access crossing just one major street which has a stoplight). Approx. 12 miles or so... [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones
on Jul 18, 2007 -
Is a carbon fiber road frame worth the extra expense? I mean I've read loads of pros and cons but does it come down to a slight difference or a major one? I love to go on 15-30 mile rides but I'd like to increase my comfort levels (got a proper fitting and new seat/post so far). [more inside]
posted by mathowie
on Jun 2, 2007 -
BikeFilter: Carbon vs Mo-Cr fork on a road bike for a newbie? How much difference does it make? [more inside]
posted by bread-eater
on Sep 8, 2006 -
I had a minor accident on my road bike this weekend, and fell over whilst moving at a very low speed. Do I need a new helmet? [more inside]
posted by netsirk
on Mar 28, 2005 -