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Upgrading my road bike. Any ideas?
CREATED: 04/13/14 by Leocubillos REPLIES: 5
Leocubillos's ravatar Leocubillos    JOINED: 9/8/12    POSTS: 11
Upgrading my road bike. Any ideas?
POSTED: 4/13/14 4:05 PM

Folks, writing to seek your advice.

I have been riding my old Windsor 52 shimano 105 road bike for over 4 years and I feel it's time to upgrade. I have seen some bike shops in the area, and so far specialized models seem best for me, yet I'm not fixed in that brand. I am looking to spend up to $2800.

Can you advise on a good dealer in the area? Hopefully they will have some good deals/discounted prices.

Can you help me think out of the box?

Thanks in advance,

Leo

dhops's ravatar dhops    JOINED: 7/12/12    POSTS: 103
RE: Upgrading my road bike. Any ideas?
POSTED: 4/14/14 12:18 PM

Get a K.BEDFORD custom bike. You can make it exactly what you want! kbedfordcustoms.com

dsgrunning's ravatar dsgrunning    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1287
RE: Upgrading my road bike. Any ideas?
POSTED: 4/14/14 12:57 PM

$2800 on craigslist or Ebay will get you some serious bike porn.

I don't think that I will ever purchase a brand new bike ever again. There are some sweet and barely used bikes at those two locations, if you are patient enough.

--Tuan

jbrez's ravatar jbrez    JOINED: 1/30/11    POSTS: 253
RE: Upgrading my road bike. Any ideas?
POSTED: 4/14/14 1:10 PM

First of all, go with something that fits your geometry. If you don't know your measurements, I'd suggest getting a fit prior to buying a bike. Just make sure you can bring it in and the shop will fit your bike once you've purchased one.

If I were starting from scratch, i'd go with something like this:

Guru Praemio

Cheaper Titanium sweetness

a Ti frame last longer than you will.

Leocubillos's ravatar Leocubillos    JOINED: 9/8/12    POSTS: 11
RE: Upgrading my road bike. Any ideas?
POSTED: 4/14/14 4:39 PM

Folks, this is very helpful. I will look into ebay and clist. I have never taken my measurements. Can I do this in any bike shop?
Thanks much again

HappyRunner's ravatar HappyRunner    JOINED: 1/15/11    POSTS: 185
RE: Upgrading my road bike. Any ideas?
POSTED: 4/14/14 6:08 PM

A bike shop fitter is going to point you to what they sell.

My suggestion would be to see Smiley and he will put you on his fitter and take measurements. He'll then guide you to bikes that are the best fit for you. Finally, he'll make the final adjustments.

All he does is fit. He has nothing to sell.

You can find him by doing a search for the thread "best bike fit hands down" And reading that thread will let you know just what a guru he is.

And there is the custom route -- I agree with Deb. I love my Bedford.

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