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    Taking the Plunge

    Alright all, I am going road bike shopping this afternoon. After a short nap here I'll be looking around, craigslist, bike store etc. Any last minute wisdom I need to know before I go venturing out?
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    Make sure it fits. If not, DO NOT BUY IT. That's all I got!
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    Test ride all you can. My test ride changed my mind and I went up on the component set. 6,000 miles later I'm sure glad I did.

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    Where you live you'll really want a compact double front or a triple front crank. if you're a monster climber, I retract my statement.

    +1 on fit and test ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    Where you live you'll really want a compact double front or a triple front crank. if you're a monster climber, I retract my statement.

    +1 on fit and test ride.
    +2 on fit and test ride. Oh, and make sure it speaks to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    Where you live you'll really want a compact double front or a triple front crank. if you're a monster climber, I retract my statement.

    +1 on fit and test ride.
    What is a crank?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erwin8r View Post
    +2 on fit and test ride. Oh, and make sure it speaks to you.
    New resume experience: Bike whisperer LOL
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    What do you guys think of this one?

    http://denver.craigslist.org/bik/3779121155.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by tjax View Post
    What is a crank?
    This is referring to the gearing on the front crankset, which is a combination of your front cogs, and the crank arms (that the pedals attach to). A standard crank is typically 53/39, meaning the big gear has 53 teeth, and the small gear has 39. A compact crank is typically 50/34. A triple adds a smaller cog up front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjax View Post
    What do you guys think of this one?

    http://denver.craigslist.org/bik/3779121155.html
    Maybe a little pricey with Tiagra, but still a very nice looking bike with decent components. Does it fit?
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    Is there any one brand that is better than the other, or are they all pretty much the same?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tjax View Post
    Is there any one brand that is better than the other, or are they all pretty much the same?
    Hmmm... Yes and no. Is a Ford better than Chevy? Dodge? Ferrari? So long as you stay with a relatively-known brand and away from department stores, you will be fine quality-wise. After you know what type of bike you want (in this case, Road...), the real fun begins: go with your heart and budget. That's what I meant by "speaks to you." You should like how it looks...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erwin8r View Post
    Is a Ford better than Chevy? Dodge? Ferrari?
    No, Yes, No.

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    Well I got a Trek One series 1.2 Alpha-something-or-the-other. Was fitted for it at Bicycle Village they even gave me a good discount on the accesories.
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    Congratulations! Enjoy your new bike.

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    excel sports in boulder awesome guys to work with. I buy from them and dont live within a thousand miles. I would go there in a heartbeat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erwin8r View Post
    Hmmm... Yes and no. Is a Ford better than Chevy? Dodge? Ferrari? So long as you stay with a relatively-known brand and away from department stores, you will be fine quality-wise. After you know what type of bike you want (in this case, Road...), the real fun begins: go with your heart and budget. That's what I meant by "speaks to you." You should like how it looks...
    Yes, Ford is better than Chevy, ALL Chrysler products, and Ferrari...in terms of reliability. If you're just talking about speed, Ferrari has its hands full with the Chevy Corvette ZR1 as they will both run over 200 mph.

    ...And a Shelby Mustang will wipe the floor with Chevy's Camaro ZL1.
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