>>914972 You can still shift a bent RD by using tension adjustment on top of the shifts. It just requires lots and lots from trimming. Friction mode basically had you trim every time you shift. And STIs aren't that fragile, crashes don't kill them very easily, nor do you have to replace them every 5 years unless you ride a literal shit ton, in which case you will probably want STIs anyways.
>>915282 > i mean that the $1000 trek with flat bars has shittier components than the $1000 trek w drop bars. better margin for the manufacturer/vendor (not the retailer), but less value to the consumer.
>>915259 He will regret buying a hybrid >>915273 I owned a fuji absolute from 2012. It was nice, grip shifters were not bad either. You can have almost identical siting position on road bike brake hoods. That bike pictured is not worth the price. I would look for a better 1
>>915282 i don't think you understand the word meme, bicycles, comfort, utility or value.
protip: the overlooked way that flatbar roadbike are a bad idea is the nature of the flatbar and road tires. Flatbars are great for really throwing around the front end when you mash on the pedals on an MTB, but you have wide tires that resist the side-to-side motion. On a road bike, you'll be traveling in smooth straight lines most of the time and a "perpendicular" hand position is uncomfortable and inefficient. Even if you were looking for a commuter bike, get a townie with swoop back bars.
Now please get the fuck out of here with your "everything is subjective and the customer is always right" bullshit. Don't come to us for some authoritative advice and then say the advice is bad because it doesn't agree with the way you see the world.
>>915371 >Flatbars are great for really throwing around the front end when you mash on the pedals on an MTB, but you have wide tires that resist the side-to-side motion. On a road bike, you'll be traveling in smooth straight lines most of the time and a "perpendicular" hand position is uncomfortable and inefficient. This is retarded. There is a reason why bar ends used to be popular on hard tails, and died out when FS took over. The hand position issue is the opposite of what you just said.
>>915382 Barends were popular for cross country. Where they wanted another hand position and didn't need access to the gear shifter or brakes. Literally an after thought solution to the problem. You're full retarded and must not knowing anything about early 90s mtb.
>>915371 >a "perpendicular" hand position is uncomfortable for you >and inefficient is that why most of the pro riders rest their hands on the top when they're climbing? because they're inefficient?
op simply asked if the bike was "a piece of shit"? keep your biased bullshit to yourself. you don't know even know how op intends to use the bike.
>>914969 shimano altus is low end driving gear and the chain is filthy which indicates poor maintenance but the wheels look ok and the price might be worth it for the wheels alone. it would be an ideal bike for commuting with plenty of room for fenders and a rack if you need them. though those wheel might be thief bait if you leave it at a train station all day. $280? not sure. if it rides smoothly and everything works then i'd seriously consider it.
I think that's the right price if everything is tuned up. Not an amazing deal, but you got a much better bike than a $225 new bike, that's for sure.
Flat bar road bikes are fine for seeing if you like biking. If you're enjoying it, consider test-riding a drop-bar road bike when you're ready to upgrade.
If you have trouble feeling in control of the ride, like it's too twitchy, keep in mind that drop bars would probably fix that. Also, wider tires are a good idea for added sense of stability. You can good "max tires size for __(your rims model)___" to figure out what will fit
No problem. And to be clear I think this bike probably isn't the best for a drop-bar conversion itself. A flat-bar road bike will have a long top-tube. Drop bars stick out pretty far, so you'd be reaching very far and uncomfortably to use the drops. A short and stubby stem would fix that, but then handling becomes very twitchy.
So, if going drop bar, look for a bike made for one.
I'm just ranting now, but another good upgrade would be kool stop brake pads. If you have any issue with your current brakes, or they seem to be worn out, it's another good investment.
Your bike has V-brakes, which I think are great. They were the strongest brakes available for a long time until disc brakes came along. They should be strong enough to stop you quickly even if you install a rack/panniers and are carrying a heavy load
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