Originally Posted by coderedcbr
Who road cycles here? What do you ride? Looking to get my ass in some shape for next year’s racing season doing some 20 lapers. I went to the local shop and the bike where around $2,000 is there a cheaper way to go? I don’t need a CF frame.
Thanks for any info
Me. Four bicycles in the garage, plus a few more that belong to my wife and children.
I commute each day, only five miles, on a converted Peugeot hard tail (and hard front end!) MTB. Slick tyres, road cassette, compact double etc etc. Perfect for the job. Pic attached.
For Sunday best I ride a Colnago C40, Campagnolo Record 10sp, Ksyrium SSCs, etc etc. A lovely bike. More than a bicycle, a thing of beauty. However I've been offered a new Look 585 frame/fork at a ridiculously low price and I think I'm going to take it, which means the Colnago will go. I will miss it.
For a bit of fun and for training I've got a Fuji trackbike. Pretty basic machine, steel frame and forks but I've upgraded it with a TA chainset, Campag Record headset and seatpost, Cinelli bars and stem. Fixies are a good laugh.
Last but not least si my old road bike, a Vitus 992 bonded alum bike,
Campagnolo C-record 8sp. nie touch is theh rare Cobolto brake calipers.
I'vea lso got a 1960s Moulton restortaion project waiting behind the shed. Might be a while ..........
I love bicycles, always have. Did a bit of schoolboy racing, with spectacular lack of success. some Time Trialing through my thirties. A big motorcycle smash put paid to that, but my back was pretty well fixed eighteen months ago with another operation and it encouraged me to get back on my cycle. Lost 18lbs weight in 12 months. seriously thinking of doing some Alpine pass storming next year.
Trying to combine business with pleasure, a friend and I have started a mail order bike part business. Look here www.dotbike.com
(this is where the cheopo 585 comes in - one of our suppliers has offered it to me at close to cost.
Regarding your bike and budget, I'd strongly recommend buying second hand stuff. some real bargains out there. Ebay is as good a place to look as any. $2000 will buy a lot on the used bike market. Everyone I know who has bough a Trek has been very pleased with it. Heard less good things about Giants, too harsh a ride. A Specialised would also but worth looking at.