Bike Pricing and Value
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I've got to honest... I have no clue how to properly evaluate a fair cost for bikes and components. I'm rather new to road bikes and got into them mainly for fitness, though I love the idea of going faster. Problem is, when I look at upgrading or replacing my bike, I can't really tell what I'm getting for my money.
Carbon fiber is an easy one - costs more, but you lose weight. Shifters I'd assume are like a good trigger pull on a gun - smoother function and easier shifting - but at what point is the pricing unnecessary?
When it comes to cassettes, crank sets, pedals, saddles... I have no idea where the massive range in prices come from. How much of it is quality of components and how much of it is brand name? It all seems a little impenetrable.
First Road Bike
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Hello /n/, I'm here to ask for some advice on my first road bike.
I've done a bit of research myself on good beginner bikes, sizing, etc. so theres nothing too crazy i'm asking.
I've checked the bike sizing charts and it says i need a larger bike due to my height. I found a number of bikes that i liked, looked over the features, and narrowed it down to one bike.
I'm looking at the Vilano Shadow. Good entry-level bike that comes with a number of features i really like which includes the STI shifters and other goodies from Shimano, 700c sized wheels, and an aluminum frame.
I found one on amazon for $370. I think this is a good price range for a beginner like me because i can upgrade if i need to, but have a nice starting point!
What does /n/ think?