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    Purchase advice needed

    Hello,

    i have not biked seriously in almost almost 10 years and recently decided to take it up again. Normally, i would know where to go if i were in my hometown, but i have been living in Paris for 5 years now and don't know much about the new bikes or about bike shops in France.

    I am moving to the Cote d'Azur for a new job in a week and have decided that I will commute to work by bike. The ride is about 15 km uphill on smooth pavement and gravel side roads. Downhill on the way back - obviously. Weekends, I intend to explore the coast by bike by going on half-day and full-day trips.

    I have a tall and hefty build of 265 lbs (120 kilos), so I would need the bike to be able to withstand the abuse.

    As a general idea, I know that I would want slicks, slightly leaning seating position, shox not too necessary... I have looked around by internet and 2 series seem appropriate:
    1. Cannondale Bad Boy
    2. Specialized Crosstrail

    Any suggestions? Other bikes perhaps? I have not tried out the above 2 bikes. Can someone provide me their input please? Do you know if it is possible to try them somewhere in Paris or southern France? Perhaps in Montreal otherwise?

    I'm also very well aware that I'd be paying a massive premium for US bikes in France. Would it be worth picking up the bike in Montreal on my next visit there? Would you know of US bike shops that ship to France?

    I appreciate all the advice I can get.... I am really looking forward to hitting the road with my new bike!!

    Cheers!
    Canada Joe

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    My advice would be to wait until you get there. I'm sure that you will be able to find a bike that will meet all your criteria there (or not too far away) and won't have to go through the hassle of buying and shipping a bike to France. You may even find something better there that is used.

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    So where'd your SoCal thread go? And where on the Cote de Azur / French Riviera are you moving to? I've been to that part of the world twice and it is wonderful. I spent time in both Spanish and French Catalonia, as far west as Sitges, Spain and as far east as St. Tropez, France. Sanary sur Mer was especially nice as wass the area around Perpignan where Cyclezealot currently lives.

    I saw lots of classic and vintage utility / commuting bikes when I was there, but the French are generally smaller in stature and you might find it hard to find something larger...but you didn't say how tall you are...If you're less that 6' tall, I'd try to find an older bike that fits you, vintage steel is usually pretty resiliant...

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    Joe, those two bikes seem reasonably appropriate to your needs. I see that Cannondale has a European office according to their website.

    Cannondale Europe
    Cannondale Europe B.V.
    Gewerbestrasse 25
    CH-4123 Allschwil
    Switzerland
    PH# + 41 61 487 93 80
    email servicedeskeurope@cannondale.com


    Specialized also has addresses for dealers in France: (hope this works. If not log into their website, specify your location as France and select "find dealer" from far upper right corner.

    http://specialized.com/bc/SBCDealerL...ory=0&x=43&y=3

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    Specialized Dealers Near:
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    Here's the Cannondale dealer finder page
    select item 1.
    http://fr.cannondale.com/bikes/cstores/index.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe_cdn
    Hello,

    i have not biked seriously in almost almost 10 years and recently decided to take it up again. Normally, i would know where to go if i were in my hometown, but i have been living in Paris for 5 years now and don't know much about the new bikes or about bike shops in France.

    I am moving to the Cote d'Azur for a new job in a week and have decided that I will commute to work by bike. The ride is about 15 km uphill on smooth pavement and gravel side roads. Downhill on the way back - obviously. Weekends, I intend to explore the coast by bike by going on half-day and full-day trips.

    I have a tall and hefty build of 265 lbs (120 kilos), so I would need the bike to be able to withstand the abuse.

    As a general idea, I know that I would want slicks, slightly leaning seating position, shox not too necessary... I have looked around by internet and 2 series seem appropriate:
    1. Cannondale Bad Boy
    2. Specialized Crosstrail

    Any suggestions? Other bikes perhaps? I have not tried out the above 2 bikes. Can someone provide me their input please? Do you know if it is possible to try them somewhere in Paris or southern France? Perhaps in Montreal otherwise?

    I'm also very well aware that I'd be paying a massive premium for US bikes in France. Would it be worth picking up the bike in Montreal on my next visit there? Would you know of US bike shops that ship to France?

    I appreciate all the advice I can get.... I am really looking forward to hitting the road with my new bike!!

    Cheers!
    Canada Joe
    late to the thread i know, but if you haven't yet bought something check out the Specialized Sirrus series as well.
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