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    Best Value Entry -level Road Bikes for 2013.

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    The Redline Metro Classic is very interesting! Steel with disc brakes.

    I was happy to see a recommendation for All City, I seriously looked into one of their cross framesets.

    Some of the later ones are definitely NOT entry-level. Carbon. Higher price tag. Whatever.

    Enjoy!
    Last edited by Muirenn; 05-18-2013 at 02:20 PM.
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    I wish Bicycling would come out with a WSD-oriented list, because not all of these bikes have WSD equivalents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Owlie View Post
    I wish Bicycling would come out with a WSD-oriented list, because not all of these bikes have WSD equivalents.
    I thought that too. I originally found the 2012 list, and it had more 'standard brands' that likely did, but I couldn't find the link.

    The GT Corsa isn't available in women's, but they do have a couple nice women's road bikes for good prices.
    Last edited by Muirenn; 05-19-2013 at 02:36 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muirenn View Post
    I thought that too. I originally found the 2012 list, and it had more 'standard brands' that likely did, but I couldn't find the link.

    The GT Corsa isn't available in women's, but they do have a couple nice women's road bikes for good prices.
    GT's women's road bikes aren't what I'd call WSD, though. They run quite long, and have a limited size range. (The top tube on the smallest size is 52.0.) They just put very short stems on them to make it look shorter.
    But if you can fit them, they're nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Owlie View Post
    GT's women's road bikes aren't what I'd call WSD, though. They run quite long, and have a limited size range. (The top tube on the smallest size is 52.0.) They just put very short stems on them to make it look shorter.
    But if you can fit them, they're nice.
    Sounds like shrink and pink syndrome. I'll try to find the 2012 recommendations. Bikes were quite different, I think.

    Edit: just posted a thread that encourages TE'ers to recommend good entry-level bikes under the 'Bikes' forum. I think we can do better than this list.
    Last edited by Muirenn; 05-19-2013 at 04:24 AM.
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    Hi ! I am new to all of this .. just this past week I bought a Specialized Dolce Sport Compact on sale 47" (2011 model) from my LBS. This is my first road bike and at my age 62 I am very comfortable with this bike. I had originally walked into the shop to check out the Treks, but the management suggested this bike would be a better fit me. I looked at the Giants also, but I kept coming back to this bike, tried it out .. took it home.

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    Congrats, Kris!

    And welcome to TE and to road cycling. It's a very pretty bike.
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    Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kris7047th View Post
    Hi ! I am new to all of this .. just this past week I bought a Specialized Dolce Sport Compact on sale 47" (2011 model) from my LBS. This is my first road bike and at my age 62 I am very comfortable with this bike. I had originally walked into the shop to check out the Treks, but the management suggested this bike would be a better fit me. I looked at the Giants also, but I kept coming back to this bike, tried it out .. took it home.

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    Ohhhhh, that is a lovely bike. Many happy miles!
    "Don't go too fast, but I go pretty far"

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    Quote Originally Posted by kris7047th View Post
    Hi ! I am new to all of this .. just this past week I bought a Specialized Dolce Sport Compact on sale 47" (2011 model) from my LBS. This is my first road bike and at my age 62 I am very comfortable with this bike. I had originally walked into the shop to check out the Treks, but the management suggested this bike would be a better fit me. I looked at the Giants also, but I kept coming back to this bike, tried it out .. took it home.

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    You made a wise choice, Specialized knows how to make a good bike! The Dolce is a very nice wsd road bike for its price point, and the frame is quite comfortable.

    I ride her carbon-framed sister, the Ruby...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MGM View Post
    You made a wise choice, Specialized knows how to make a good bike! The Dolce is a very nice wsd road bike for its price point, and the frame is quite comfortable.

    I ride her carbon-framed sister, the Ruby...
    Ditto - but I still have my Dolce along with the Ruby. I love them both!
    2012 Trek Skye SL Disc
    2012 Specialized Dolce Sport C2 (at the vacation house)
    2013 Specialized Myka HT Elite Disc 29er (at the vacation house)
    2013 Specialized Myka FSR Comp
    2013 Specialized Ruby Sport (carbon)
    2013 Specialized Vita Elite (at the vacation house)
    2014 Salsa Vaya 3 (steel)

 

 

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