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Old 03-04-08, 04:48 PM   #1
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Getting back into riding (Trek vs. Giant)...

I was a very avid cyclist, about 25 years ago, but things have changed a great deal since then. Even at 61, I’m still in very good shape so I want to get a “fairly” decent bike. I’ve narrowed my choice down to two different 2008 road bikes; the Trek 2.3, or the Giant (Alliance) OCR A0. The $1,700 to $1,900 range is, basically, the most I want to spend. I’d, really, appreciate any advice (or any kind of input) anyone may have about these bikes, or any other bikes in that price range. Thanks…
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Old 03-04-08, 04:57 PM   #2
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with that kindo f budget, I would look elsewhere-- everyone seems to have a Trek or a Giant or a Spcialized-- look for more exotic--There are lots of bikes out there in that range, and you won't ber disappointed in any-- My feeling is to not 'go with the flow' but to be a little different...

I personally have an Orbea that is not one of their 'flagship' models, but rather a short production run of a mix between a TT bike and a road bike-- made of Starship ALuminum, carbon fork, Ultegra-- great bike-- My 'most used' bike si a KHS fixie-- steel, heavy, but loads of fun.

Check several bike shoops and see what they have available-- decide on the component gruppo you want, and go from there-

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I think you may be disapointed with the OCR. But the TCR alliance or Composite range is a different matter. Of the two I would go for the TCR A1 or A0. Can't talk about the treks.

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Old 03-04-08, 05:11 PM   #4
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Well, I might be trying out an OCR C3 this weekend... if so, I'll let you know what I think.
Sure, it's carbon and you're looking at aluminum but what the heck?
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The Trek 2,3 is a decent bike. I would get the triple crank version.
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Love my CF OCR.
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Well, I know which one I would buy I have 3 Treks and will be adding another soon.

Test ride both to determine the best one for you. Are they both available from the same LBS? The LBS often plays a major role in the purchase of a bike. I wouldn't trade my LBS as the service and advice is first rate.
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Funny thing is . . . a lot of the TREK's are actually made by GIANT.

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Question.... Are both of the bikes your looking at from the same shop? For me, the shop would have as much to do with my decision as the particular bike. After a 25 year layoff there is a good chance that the bike you buy will be one you either outgrow pretty quickly, or you'll stop riding. Hence, I'd want to focus my decision on finding a great shop that will be helpful to me in keeping me riding.
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Both the bikes you are considering will meet your needs. There are no poorly made bikes in your price range. That said, there are many wrong choices. rather than buy the bike we like best, it's important that you buy the bike you like best. Trek, Giant, Cannondale, Lemond, Specialized, Fuji, Litespeed, Merlin, and many many more. All good, and maybe all wrong. The way to find out which is best for you is to go to shops that have these bikes and test ride as many as possible. But you've already figured thart part out.

The one piece of useful advice I will offer is this; make sure the bike fits you. I know that sounds like a "Dah" statement but you'd be surprised how many people buy bikes that don't fit. How? How much time do you have to read? Fit will make or break your biking re-entry, regardless of the price of the bike.

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One other thing. Even though you are in good shape, one concession to age might be that you are not as flexible as you once were. While getting low on the drops of the road bikes in question might look like fun, I guarantee you that the actual experience will be anything but if the bars are too low. Most of us, in this group, but not all, want the bars set at seat height or higher. Small adjustments in this area make a big difference in comfort. If setting the handle bar height is a concern, make sure the bikes you are considering can accommodate the adjustments. Swapping components only goes so far. If the needed adjustment is too much, you are out of luck. Take from experience, it's better to figure this out before you write the check.
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I was a very avid cyclist, about 25 years ago, but things have changed a great deal since then. Even at 61, I’m still in very good shape so I want to get a “fairly” decent bike. I’ve narrowed my choice down to two different 2008 road bikes; the Trek 2.3, or the Giant (Alliance) OCR A0. The $1,700 to $1,900 range is, basically, the most I want to spend. I’d, really, appreciate any advice (or any kind of input) anyone may have about these bikes, or any other bikes in that price range. Thanks…
That's great, I hope you find a good deal. You may have an 25+ year old bike or two, maybe a Paramount, Colnago, Geurcerotti, or other old technology steel frame. I'll help you out by offering $100 each.

Stop by the Classic and Vintage forum sometime, were we appreciate bikes that age as well as we do.

In the meantime, welcome to the 50+ forum, welcome back to cycling, and keep us informed.
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