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    Road bike help, newb

    Hey everyone,

    Sorry if this is posted in the wrong forum, didn't see anywhere else that it would fit.

    Long story short, I have a 2013 Norco storm 9.1 which I love. But it was being eyeballed the other day outside a store and if I hadn't come out when I did I suspect it would have been stolen. I bought this bike to replace a crappy fs big box bike that was trouble. I'm trying to lose weight.

    So I was thinking about buying a big box road bike for around town, and because it's just for pavement I was hoping it would fit the bill to leave chained up outside (I have a decent lock, but you know). I also don't want to wear out my new tires I plan to get on my Norco,I know they won't respond well to pavement. I could get a second wheel set but that's another topic.

    Is the bike below worth $300? I can't find better then a big box bike for under 300 on local Craig's list.

    Give me your opinions, I greatly appreciate it.

    http://m.canadiantire.ca/mt/www.cana....jsp?locale=en

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Rhv...e_gdata_player

    This will be a basic good weather commuter for school, maybe but probably not work. Mostly for around town rides for exercise and getting a few errands done well I'm at it. By the way, I was 300lbs when I started biking mid March, am down to about 259 now.

    Thanks again.

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    Road bike help, newb

    I'm confused. What is this 'road bike' thing you speak of?

    J/K!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewtality View Post
    I'm confused. What is this 'road bike' thing you speak of?

    J/K!
    I think it's something like this:


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    There should be plenty of cheap road bikes from established brands on your local Craigslist. As for the link you posted, that thing is incredibly overpriced for what it is, and it's still a big box bike!
    I've made some bad decisions like taking the gears off my bike. So here's the warning: Do not as I say, nor as I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bro View Post
    There should be plenty of cheap road bikes from established brands on your local Craigslist. As for the link you posted, that thing is incredibly overpriced for what it is, and it's still a big box bike!
    ^^What Bro said.I would think there would be decent road bikes on C.L. in any area.

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    And I should add, that most of the cheaper road bikes you'll see on Craigslist will likely be older steel bikes. They'll be heavier than modern road bikes, but that's fine, as long as they're still in working condition. Technology on road bikes hasn't changed in the past 20-30 years nearly as much as technology on mountain bikes has.
    I've made some bad decisions like taking the gears off my bike. So here's the warning: Do not as I say, nor as I do.

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    remodel your kitchen.

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    Re: Road bike help, newb

    Quote Originally Posted by norton55 View Post
    remodel your kitchen.
    Thanks Norton, feel free to leave anytime....

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    Thanks to the people that tried to help. Unfortunately used road bikes around here start at 300-350 and about 50 prevent appear to be in disrepair or stolen. If I drive about 2 hours I cab pick up some decent ones for about 200, but with gas prices and my limited time it doesn't seem worth it.

    Also I wouldn't be paying that price in the link, I would be paying 299 $.

    Any more opinions appreciated.

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    Nothing wrong with a heavy, crap bike. You'll lose weight much faster and the thieves will most likely pass it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wilderthing View Post
    Thanks Norton, feel free to leave anytime....
    Yeah Norton! Take off you hoser!

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    Road bike help, newb

    If you are buying new and don't plan on riding beyond 30 miles or so, a city bike / hybrid will do you just fine and will be closer to your budget. You may find more comfort with this bike than a traditional road set up for the time being. Good luck on the weight loss.

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    Is this a troll thread or is it legit? The last time I sat on a road bike, I was 11 years old and it did not fit my short legs.
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    OK, I may look into a hybrid but I generally dislike them.

    No I am not trolling believe it or not. I wanted a cheap bike for around town. I can't find anything good on craigslist, so I had a look at big box stores. The cheapest big box bikes have dreadful front suspension and a garbage drive train and brakes, this was the best rigid bike I could find.

    I am much more into mountain biking, I just needed something to go to a store and for basic exercise. I don't care for road biking just want to get into shape faster. For example on a day that I go to work and school, I don't have time to drive to the trail, I could bang out 5-10 miles on a road bike. Or ride it to school every once in a while to squeeze exercise into a busy day. Once in shape I would probably get rid of the road bike all together.

    I thought that I would get genuine help from bike enthusiasts, like I'm turning into. I love biking. In fact, when I finish school and hopefully make some money I see myself buying a nice (3000$ nice) fs bike.

    Thanks to those that tried to help. and the rest of you are the reason people get out of biking, bike snobs.

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    This thread is useless, there'snot even a link to a kitchen....
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    Road bike help, newb

    I tried to cycle off weight for two years. I gained weight as a result. I stopped eating wheat and started tracking calories in using MyFitnessPal. I'm down to a weight I haven't seen in over a decade.

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    Re: Road bike help, newb

    thread derailing just for the point of thread derailing sure is phucking annoying.

    i think for a quick commute or errand run, a cheap bike would work just fine. you don't need special technology to pick up groceries down the street. i have a **** bike just for that

    but if you are going to use it for more than that, I'd look into something that has decent components

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    If you remodel your kitchen you will prepare healthier home cooked meals. Win/win. Several good kitchen remodeling threads on MTBR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OCtrailMonkey View Post
    If you remodel your kitchen you will prepare healthier home cooked meals. Win/win. Several good kitchen remodeling threads on MTBR.
    And eating better will make you a better rider!
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    OP we love road bikes here in the OC ,youve come to the right place my friend, welcome aboard.
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    Road bike help, newb

    Maybe try road bike review. This is a public forum and you're going to get all sorts of advice and even people trying to be funny (and it is funny if you'd just taken the time to get to know the environment). Just take the info that's helpful to you without being so defensive to the rest. Besides, you have poo pooed every suggestion so far because you so want to hear go get the bike from Canadian tire.

    So go get it.

    Me, I would rather spend the gas money and pick up an old beater. But that's just what I would do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    Maybe try road bike review. This is a public forum and you're going to get all sorts of advice and even people trying to be funny (and it is funny if you'd just taken the time to get to know the environment). Just take the info that's helpful to you without being so defensive to the rest. Besides, you have poo pooed every suggestion so far because you so want to hear go get the bike from Canadian tire.

    So go get it.

    Me, I would rather spend the gas money and pick up an old beater. But that's just what I would do.
    What if the old beater was me? surly youd rather me in the raw than a new bike id deliver big time...
    Dont ever let the truth get in the way of a funny story....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    What if the old beater was me? surly youd rather me in the raw than a new bike id deliver big time...
    Heh! a $150 Tonegoose! Awesome!
    OP, you'll need to develop a bit of a sense of humor in here, and one thing I am pretty darn sure of is that there are few 'bike snobs' in here...
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    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    What if the old beater was me? surly youd rather me in the raw than a new bike id deliver big time...
    Well....okay but are you gonna smell like fish guts? :P

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