Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: East Florida
Bikes: '66 Raleigh Superbe, 80 Nishiki Maxima, 07 Gary Fisher Utopia, 09 Surly LHT
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I don't see myself doing very long rides probably 15 to 20 miles tops and probably shorter than that to start. Where I live can be fairly hilly nothing major though.
I saw a Specialized crosstail sport for $539 new online. Is that the kind of bike I should be looking at? I will say that is the price range I am looking at right now.
I would consider used for several reasons. You can get higher quality components for less. You will have money for upgrades, like new wheels, racks, computer, etc. You can also get your money back if you want to upgrade. I didn't see myself riding centuries when I started, and I just did 3 last month.
If you get hooked, your goals and "limitations" can quickly go out the window.
Type of bike... Rear suspension is useful for very aggressive off-road riding. Front suspension is a bit more comfy for some people, and nice for mild to serious off-road riding. It will eat up a little energy and add a little weight, but not nearly as bad as the rear. If you only ride nice paved roads, you don't need or want suspension.
Assuming a decent frame (not a Wal-Mart bike), I would judge a bike on: drivertrain, wheels, brakes. Research a bit to know what's better between different brands and models based on year. Some solid mid-level Shimano components might be any of these(not in rank order): 105, 600, Deore XT, LX, Ultegra, Tiagra. Somewhat lower end: Acera, Alivo, Sora, Exage, Altus. Doubt you could go wrong with Mavic rims.
One more suggestion. Find 3 bikes with different components on Craigslist, and make a post with links in here. Get a good component list for each, and ask which bike is best. You will get a hailstorm of opinion and info, most of which will be helpful/educational. Good luck.
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