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    There is a bike swap at my LBS.

    And I have been trying to do research on what I want in a road bike.
    So far I want to if I can get a decent used road bike, I am willing to spend around $300.
    Is there anything that I should look out for? And can you direct me to a place where I can get some solid information to research.
    I don't want to be like everyone else trying to ask for a few pointers, though I do need those too, I would like some help finding information to research myself.
    I am 5'7 and 225Lbs.
    The bike swap isn't till the 13th of this month

    Thanks in advanced for the help

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    Downtown Spanky Brown bautieri's Avatar
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    Hmm, 5'7 so I'll assume a 30 inch inseam. Your probably going to want to look for a bike in the 54cm size. Find one that fits and test ride it. Weight wise your not all that heavy, just about any frame material should work. If you can get a friend to sit on the bike while you look the frame over for cracks.

    Bau

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    31.25" to be exact, I was planing on bring my brother but he is a feather compared to me, at 150Lbs.
    I know to check every where on the frame but Where on the frame should I pay more attention to?

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    You need to go to the dealer now and sit on some bikes to establish size. There is quite a lot of factors that go into size. I am 5 - 11 and ride a 54cm Trek. Bikes are made for people with average proportions. I have never met anyone yet that was average, but there is probably someone out there. I have short legs and long torso and arms, which makes fitting to a standard bike somewhat difficult. And size varies by brand, style, and even within brand. If the store is not busy, they will probably help you some.

    For $300, you should be able to find a nice, modern road bike (used), something five years old +/-. For $100 to $150, you should be able to find a decent mountain bike. I would not get a mountain bike unless you really plan to ride off road. Road bikes are much more efficient for riding on pavement.

    Avoid the X-Mart crap: bikes sold at Walmart, Target and so on. A quick spin through the local Xmarts will introduce you to all of those bikes.

    The first noticable difference in bikes is with the grade of components. For Shimano, Sora is pretty much the bottom end. If you can get better components, that is a definite plus.
    Last edited by wrk101; 04-02-08 at 08:29 AM. Reason: typo

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    I have a cheap mountain that I don't like very much. . . I took to the grass maybe 5 minutes total. Since it is such a bad brand i am not even going to try to sell it, second hand it and claim it for $40 on my taxes. I learned my lesson getting bikes from Xmarts, you don't do it. I will hopefully be able to hit up a few different places my LBS is usually not busy late in the afternoon.

    Thanks for the help

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