Getting a small, light, cheap road bike... help!

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Getting a small, light, cheap road bike... help!

Postby kcle84 » Tue 02 Apr 2013, 3:21 pm

Hi all,

I'm looking for a good value road bike within my $500 budget, just commute and weekend trails. I'm a small woman (only five feet tall) and need the lightest possible to hike it upstairs to my apartment. I was looking at Avanti Aria 1 or Reid Osprey...? What do you think?

http://www.avantiplus.com.au/products/a ... a-1-womens
http://www.reidcycles.com.au/2013-reid- ... -bike.html
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Re: New bike recommendation please

Postby Marx » Tue 02 Apr 2013, 3:41 pm

Average Aussie lady is about 5.3feet, so you’re not too short.
I would steer away from roadbikes because of their funny bend over & down handlebars.
Maybe a ‘foldie’ might work better if you live in an apartment, because the bike folds down (for carrying up stairs).

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Re: Getting a small, light, cheap road bike... help!

Postby Summernight » Tue 02 Apr 2013, 4:41 pm

Plus you can take folding bikes on trams.

Although I'm not sure whether there are any folding bikes in that budget range...

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Re: Getting a small, light, cheap road bike... help!

Postby JAC » Tue 02 Apr 2013, 5:22 pm

kcle84 wrote:Hi all,

I'm looking for a good value road bike within my $500 budget, just commute and weekend trails. I'm a small woman (only five feet tall) and need the lightest possible to hike it upstairs to my apartment. I was looking at Avanti Aria 1 or Reid Osprey...? What do you think?

http://www.avantiplus.com.au/products/a ... a-1-womens
http://www.reidcycles.com.au/2013-reid- ... -bike.html


How long is your commute? Do you think you will commute in poor weather? ( in which case mudguards help keep you drier ).
Do you need to transport much stuff? If so, you may prefer to choose a bike that takes panniers easily.
Weekend trails - do you mean sealed bike paths or are you thinking more of gravel trails?
"Light" and "cheap" tend not to go together well, but some more specific information on your anticipated uses of the bike might help the responses.

And...be aware....I haven't EVER seen the advisers on this forum suggest a folding bike to a bloke. I guess the pictures aren't as cute. :roll:
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Re: Getting a small, light, cheap road bike... help!

Postby Marx » Tue 02 Apr 2013, 5:42 pm

JAC wrote:
kcle84 wrote:Hi all,

I'm looking for a good value road bike within my $500 budget, just commute and weekend trails. I'm a small woman (only five feet tall) and need the lightest possible to hike it upstairs to my apartment. I was looking at Avanti Aria 1 or Reid Osprey...? What do you think?

http://www.avantiplus.com.au/products/a ... a-1-womens
http://www.reidcycles.com.au/2013-reid- ... -bike.html


How long is your commute? Do you think you will commute in poor weather? ( in which case mudguards help keep you drier ).
Do you need to transport much stuff? If so, you may prefer to choose a bike that takes panniers easily.
Weekend trails - do you mean sealed bike paths or are you thinking more of gravel trails?
"Light" and "cheap" tend not to go together well, but some more specific information on your anticipated uses of the bike might help the responses.

And...be aware....I haven't EVER seen the advisers on this forum suggest a folding bike to a bloke. I guess the pictures aren't as cute. :roll:


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Re: Getting a small, light, cheap road bike... help!

Postby baudman » Tue 02 Apr 2013, 6:19 pm

Marx wrote:
JAC wrote:
kcle84 wrote:Hi all,

I'm looking for a good value road bike within my $500 budget, just commute and weekend trails. I'm a small woman (only five feet tall) and need the lightest possible to hike it upstairs to my apartment. I was looking at Avanti Aria 1 or Reid Osprey...? What do you think?

http://www.avantiplus.com.au/products/a ... a-1-womens
http://www.reidcycles.com.au/2013-reid- ... -bike.html


How long is your commute? Do you think you will commute in poor weather? ( in which case mudguards help keep you drier ).
Do you need to transport much stuff? If so, you may prefer to choose a bike that takes panniers easily.
Weekend trails - do you mean sealed bike paths or are you thinking more of gravel trails?
"Light" and "cheap" tend not to go together well, but some more specific information on your anticipated uses of the bike might help the responses.

And...be aware....I haven't EVER seen the advisers on this forum suggest a folding bike to a bloke. I guess the pictures aren't as cute. :roll:


Women are far more practical about bikes & transport type things than men.
Men will buy exclusively to satisfy ego first, then consider real world stuff.


viewtopic.php?p=595399#p595399 ;)
(Although, amongst the other recommendations) :D

But as said above, and as I first learned on here. Light, cheap, strong. You can pick any two (and you don't want it weak). Answer some of the JAC's questions and we'll be able to hone it in a little.

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Re: Getting a small, light, cheap road bike... help!

Postby kcle84 » Tue 02 Apr 2013, 9:05 pm

Thanks everyone! Commute is about 10 kilometers from the city. Not transporting too much, just a handbag really (or backpack from now on I guess).
Weekend trails is just sealed bike paths around my area (Northcote), not really gravel or off-road at all.
I spoke to someone at a bike store who basically said you pay for the lightness so the lighter it is the more expensive but I guess 10kgs is a reasonable weight for $500 from what I've found?

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Re: Getting a small, light, cheap road bike... help!

Postby Heather » Tue 02 Apr 2013, 10:29 pm

A friend of mine who started commuting to work June last year recently bought the Avanti flat bar you have linked. She loves it. Previously she had a heavier step-through ladies bike. She rides 5 days a week now. So I would suggest for a commute from Northcote to the city, this would be a good bike to have :D

Also, my niece has an Avanti flat bar, she recently did the MS Summer Cycle on this (75km for the day), despite not having ridden for about 6 months. It's a decent bike for commuting and mid-length weekend rides
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Re: Getting a small, light, cheap road bike... help!

Postby Snuffy » Wed 03 Apr 2013, 7:37 am

JAC wrote:And...be aware....I haven't EVER seen the advisers on this forum suggest a folding bike to a bloke. I guess the pictures aren't as cute. :roll:


Whuddya mean?

I used to ride a folder on my ~55km a day commute.
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Re: Getting a small, light, cheap road bike... help!

Postby weg » Wed 03 Apr 2013, 8:23 am

I think you'll struggle with fit on the Reid but it depends on your proportions as much as height. Do you want a rack, and will the Avanti (or similar model from another brand) take one? I'd be test riding rather than deciding on paper. 10kg is a reasonable goal but knock off any weight you can.

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Re: Getting a small, light, cheap road bike... help!

Postby barefoot » Wed 03 Apr 2013, 8:40 am

Marx wrote:
JAC wrote:
kcle84 wrote:I'm looking for a good value road bike within my $500 budget, just commute and weekend trails.
I haven't EVER seen the advisers on this forum suggest a folding bike to a bloke. I guess the pictures aren't as cute. :roll:


Women are far more practical about bikes & transport type things than men.
Men will buy exclusively to satisfy ego first, then consider real world stuff.


Ridden many folders, Marx? There's a good reason why they're not a common sight.

It was an interesting suggestion by Cory, as a "you could also consider" concept, but it's a bit strange that a folding bike has become the focus of the thread. If I was looking for a road bike to ride for commuting/recreation, a folder would be somewhere close to last on my list.

I don't know much about $500 womens-sized road bikes, so I have nothing to suggest on that front, other than to point out that most big-name options around the same price point are specced very similarly, and will not vary much in weight (like for like... I mean, a $500 hybrid will weigh more than a $500 roadie, but a $500 Giant or Merida or Trek roadie will be within a couple of hundred grams of each other).

So, usual rules apply... spend as much as you can for the best possible bike; ride them, and buy the one that's comfortable. I doubt it will be the folder ;-)

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Re: Getting a small, light, cheap road bike... help!

Postby fattima » Wed 03 Apr 2013, 11:20 am

Welcome to the forum, good to have another local on here!

Most important is to get a bike that fits you well, don't let price sway you if the bike does not feel the right size.
Check out Human Powered cycles in Northcote, they tend to specialise in commuter bikes and have been good to deal with in my experience. They stock Kona bikes and a Kona Dew could be a good option too.
The other bikes shop I've found really good has been Velo Cyles on Nicholson street in North Carlton. When Mrs Fattima was looking to buy the folk there were not pushy at all and were very concerned with fit of the bike not just making a sale. They are also located next to a bike path so a good area to test ride. One thing I really liked here was they listened to what she wanted and made sensible suggestions.

Not affiliated with these shops just two places I've had good dealings with.
Hopefully you will be riding the streets and paths of the Northcote soon.
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