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#1 +bman

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Posted 28 August 2014 - 16:06

Hey,

 

So this year is almost over, so this is going to be for next year. Right now I ride some cheap mountain bike and its not that great. Frankly, I have never really had a nice bike, but I do bike a lot.

 

I bike on roads and paths mostly, but can sometimes go more off-roading (nothing crazy though). I am looking for a top of the line bike, but I know that bikes can range all the way up to 10s of thousands.

So I think my budget would be $2000 and below. Obviously the less I have to pay the better, but I want the best I can get.

Now the other part of this is I don't know what a nice bike is, what comes with it? I think I know that they should have disc breaks (I think that's what they are called), I know carbon fiber is suppose to be nice, and I think I would want that. Anything else, obviously nice looking as well. Basically, I want it to be able to take a beating and be used a lot without it falling apart. I want to feel good riding it (right now my gears hardly work, they make noise, my entire bike really makes noise, breaks hardly work...etc...) I don't want any of that.

 

If you think you know a better place/forum to ask this, let me know as well.




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Posted 29 August 2014 - 22:45

i have Giant Defy 5 and i love it but it is not carbon but alumi. For your budget you can get a Defy Advanced carbon frame which is around or below $2000.

 

http://www.giant-bic....2/18732/76106/



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Posted 30 August 2014 - 01:54

Well I think a mixed bike is better for me, not a road bike like most of those.

Out of all the ones they have that are mixed, only one is available, no carbon, and well just overall does not seem that great.



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Posted 30 August 2014 - 02:00

I don't think you're going to find a top of the line motorbike for $2000. If your bike right now is too noisy, you might want to look at getting an electric one.



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Posted 30 August 2014 - 02:57

Enron,

We are talking about bikes, not motorbikes.



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Posted 30 August 2014 - 03:03

Oh sorry, I saw the comment about noise so I assumed motorbike.

 

$2000 will get you a great bicycle!

 

My bicycle was about $800 and it had the disc brakes, but it's not carbon fiber. Make sure you get a comfortable seat on it. I would budget $250 of your $2000 on the most comfortable seat you can buy.



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Posted 30 August 2014 - 03:51

Shop around at your local bike shops. I think around this time of year, the coming year's models start to trickle in, and discounts can be had on last year's models. Get a general sense for what type of bike you'd like. I'd suggest a hybrid if you're looking for something that gives a leisurely and comfortable ride without being in a huge hurry to get anywhere. If you find that you're really feeling the weight of your mountain bike when trying to accelerate, and enjoy speeding along on something very responsive, then try feeling out a cross bike. They give great performance, but are built to tolerate more rugged riding conditions than road bikes, and they're my preference for reliable commuting in less than ideal conditions. The good thing about shopping local (at an actual bike shop, not Walmart or some department store...) is that you can get a feel for their bikes by test-riding them. They can also make adjustments as necessary to ensure that what you're testing is appropriately sized, and of course, offer advice on smaller but important details, such as the ease of finding replacement parts, or the real-world longevity of a specific bike's components - things that you can find through searching on the web, but it's really much more convenient to ask, face to face. The other thing is that a brand new bike will take a few weeks to break in, and many places will be perfectly willing to tune you up for free after this period if you bought it from them.

 

Are you an all-weather rider somewhere that rains or snows a great deal? Disc brakes can help. Also look for sufficient mounting points to accommodate accessories such as fenders, and/or panniers if you need to transport things...

 

You've mentioned noisiness with your current bike. When you get a new one, take good care of it. Remember to clean and lubricate the chain frequently, and get it replaced as it wears. Dirty chains wear quickly, and worn chains will hasten the overall wearing of a bike's components.