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purchasing a new/used road cycle - December 10, 2007, 09:43 AM

im in the midst of purchasing a road cycle and wanted to know if there are any folks on here that have any recommendations or shops they go to.

I would not mind buying used and am looking for at the $500-$600 price range (give or take). Bike will be used for touring (20-40 mile rides) and a few races (sprint tri's).

Any suggestions?

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1. Its all about fit - as in how the bike fits you. Go to a bike shop and have them fit you so you know what frame size you need. You can spend $$$ on a bike and it won't perform if it doesn;t fit.

2. Groupo's or components - Most of what you see will be Shimano (although I am liking the SRAM stuff..) Shoot for AT LEAST Shimano 105's to give you a decent and smooth ride (look for their 'fligh deck' lever shifters - all new bike have them but used may not). Campagnola is just as good as Shimano (and Duc riders will say better.... lol ) just not as prevalent and probably a few more $.

3. For that budget you will want a light bike with comfort - that means an aluminum frame (light) BUT with Carbon stays
(comfort) - that means the front fork and rear stays are carbon...best combo for the $. Chromolly frames are abit heavier (not much) but do give a smooth ride. Full Carbon or titanium frames - well if you find one for that price, it fell off a truck..

4. Now you know your size and components so you can shop on craigslist, ebay etc. Check local pawn shops - this time of year you will find quality stuff. Check out bikesdirect.com for their specials...

5. get yourself some Profile Design clip-on aero bars. They will help you in the sprint tri's but also work motivational on those longer training rides (cool factor....).

6. Once you get a bike...go to a bike or tri shop- buy the aero bars there 9maybe $5 more but give them the business) and ask them to fit you and the bars to the bike. Best $30 you ever spent.

7. ride till the black ice shows up. There are a bunch of group rides every weekend that go year round.

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December 10, 2007, 10:23 AM

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1. Its all about fit - as in how the bike fits you. Go to a bike shop and have them fit you so you know what frame size you need. You can spend $$$ on a bike and it won't perform if it doesn;t fit.
Great advice.

Also, pay close attention to the seat - if it hurts your package then its not going to break in! You'll have to find something else that works for you.

Getting fit properly on the bike will play a big part in the comfort too - a bike shop can do this for $50-100 and may involved paying to change some parts around - I had to fit a shorter steering stem on my road bike. If you buy new it will be included in the price of the bike.

I've been very happy with my trek pilot, FWIW.
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December 10, 2007, 10:48 AM

Make sure the component group is solid as well. If you're going to race you'll want to focus on the race rather than screwing with gears if they don't change properly. If you're going Shimano go 105 or better...I like the ultegra group...for the money it's a solid group.

As Dutch said...make sure the fit is right...nothing worse than being uncomfortable or inefficient because you're riding too large or small of a bike.

After Christmas check around...usually shops drop prices on the older models. You can get a good deal on a brand new bike.

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You should look into a LeMond Tourmalet. Specifically you should look at the LeMond Tourmalet in my garage.

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December 11, 2007, 07:27 AM

Thanks for all the great advice. I will def put those into practice.

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