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    What kind of bike?

    I have a hybrid now, but have found it to be to slow. I am 57, 5-5, 187 lbs., need to lose some weight, live in an area, where you either go uphilll or downhill for 10 miles to get to flat country. I live 40 miles Southwest of Salt Lake City. Take the bus into SLC to work, pass by the Great Salt Lake every day where there is a great area to ride, however the bus doesn't stop there. Anyways, I am starting to look for another bike to ride further distance, perhaps centuries, but with some comfort? Is that even possible?
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    Best bet is to go to local bike shop(LBS) and talk to them. Become friends, because you are about to spend a lot of time with them . There are many bikes out there that would fit your needs. It is best to shop local and help them out as they help you out.
    Any idea of what you expect to spend on a bike? That will help narrow the choices down.
    I came off a 20 year old bike and in reality spent just a little more on my new bike from what that bike cost ( $400 vs $599). But you may be in position to buy more bike than I was. $600-2,000 would get a good bike. May be more like $800-2,300 in your area though.

    I would bet you have many choices in bike shops in that area.
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    The wife says I can spend up to $2700 on the bike not including a bike rack, figuring on getting a saris bones 3.

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    So you have hills and are looking for a better bike.

    If you go the road route then two choices on Gearing and this is a triple or a compact crank. For confidence go for the triple. You may not need it as the compact can be sorted with an MTB cassette to give you as low a gear as a triple---But the thought of having that triple and the granny ring will give you a mental boost.

    And I have said "Road" as opposed to "Racing" as the road/race bikes come in various frame geometry that can give different rides. There is always the alternative of the Hybrid bikes that are basically a road bike with straight bars. A road bike would be more suitable for the Century rides you aspire to- but may not suit everyone.

    It is find the "LBS" time. (Local bike shop) That is the hard bit to do as finding the right shop that suits you and sells the type of bike you want can be difficult- so get testing your local LBS. Then it is down to a test ride of the bikes that interest you.

    Make of bike will probably be decided on what your eventual LBS carries but Trek- Giant- Specialised- Pinarrelo are just some of the names. Plenty of others but give us an idea on how much you want to pay and suggestions will be forthcoming.

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    $2-3K is a very nice price range to be shopping in. You'll find a lot of great bikes to choose among. Start looking around at what the local shops sell, and while you're doing that, take in each shop's ambience. Some will seem friendlier, some more knowledgable, some cooler. Some will seem geared to riding that may not appeal to you (there are shops that specialize in racing, mountain biking, triathlons, neighborhood cruising, and some that do it all). If you're lucky, and in a good-sized market, you'll find one or two that you seem to click with, and that carry the bikes that appeal to you. At a given price point bikes from different manufacturers will be remarkably similar in terms of features and components, so shopping for a shop can be just as important as shopping for a bike.
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    If I was going to spend about $2700 on a bike for riding comfortable centuries in hilly terrain, I would probably get this. There are many other good choices you could make depending on your situation and preferences.
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    In that price range you will have a GREAT bike!

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    Wow, is that a beautiful machine! (and this from a guy who rides a `69 Raleigh)

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    And it rides like a dream, well at least compared to all my older bikes...


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    You may be oldish- unfit- a bit overweight and dislike hills- But that can account for quite a few of us here. I got into road riding 5 years ago but had ridden MTBs for many years before. Initially I got a Good "Starter" bike. Not too expensive but it had everything I needed on it- Gears- Brakes and steering. My road capabilities had to be learned- aswell as what I really wanted in a road bike. 2nd bike came a year later and by that time I has sussed out that I did like road riding-Stock wheels are rubbish-I had got the wrong size bike and that I did not need a triple. That 2nd bike was like chalk and cheese in comparison the the first one. Lightweight- Race geometry- it went up hills and it was comfortable.

    So just a warning-Learn what N+1 is as all the first bike is there for is to tell you what the 2nd bike is going to be.
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    If I was going to spend about $2700 on a bike for riding comfortable centuries in hilly terrain, I would probably get this. There are many other good choices you could make depending on your situation and preferences.
    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...01&scname=Road
    In that price range, you will have no trouble finding an outstanding bike. I suggest starting out considering the so-called comfort road bike category. These are road bikes designed with features to make the ride a little more comfortable than an all-out performance, racing-oriented bike. For instance, many of these bikes have features designed into the frames to help them absorb a little road shock so the ride doesn't feel as harsh. The bike which BluesDawg recommended, the Specialized Roubaix, is one of the prominent bikes in this category. Others are the Giant Defy and the Cannondale Synapse. But the main thing I recommend is what other posters have emphasized: find an outstanding local bike shop (LBS) where you can trust the personnel, and don't hesitate to ask a lot of questions. Finally, I suggest you test ride many different bikes until you find one which feels good. Don't be afraid to take a lot of time deciding. Good luck and have fun!

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    I've had good luck with my Cannondale Synapse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rltot View Post
    I have a hybrid now, but have found it to be to slow. I am 57, 5-5, 187 lbs., need to lose some weight, live in an area, where you either go uphilll or downhill for 10 miles to get to flat country. I live 40 miles Southwest of Salt Lake City. Take the bus into SLC to work, pass by the Great Salt Lake every day where there is a great area to ride, however the bus doesn't stop there. Anyways, I am starting to look for another bike to ride further distance, perhaps centuries, but with some comfort? Is that even possible?
    Thanks in advance!
    I have recently made the move from a hybrid to a road bike to be able to ride further distances. In my opinion the number one thing to consider is bike weight and then gearing for the hills. My hybrid weighed in at 31 lbs. My new road bike is 20.5 and I can tell the difference big time. I was concerned about giving up my triple chaining with 11-32 cassette because I, too ride in hilly country but the compact crankset and 11-28 cassette are more than adequate because of the lower weight I am pulling up the hills. As for comfort, my first few rides left me wondering if I had made the right decision but after some seat time I am just about as comfortable on the road bike as I was on the hybrid. Like other posters have said a good fit is important. As for where you buy from it is a personal preference. There are many good deals to be had in both LBS's and online. Most LBS's will work on any bike, not just the ones they sell. So if you do buy online and need assistance at some future date they should be able to help. Just ask them before you buy. This is what I did. My online purchase saved me some money and the bike was fitted very well for me and did not need any tuning at all. I have logged 276 miles in the first week and know I made a good choice. This is the bike I bought.
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    Look at the bikes that very experienced riders ride and that'll inform you as to what is best. The thing that makes riding comfortable is doing a lot of it, not big cushy saddles or high flat bars. If you're going to put miles in on the road, then a road bike with drop bars and relatively firm saddle correctly sized to the width of your anatomy is the correct prescription.

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    All good advise, so here is something else to think about. I would first go through the phone book and call the LBS in your area and find out what type of road bikes they sell. Go online to the manufacturers web sites for the bikes sold at your LBS to see just what the bikes look like and what components come on what model. Then visit the bike shop(s) that carry the bike(s) you are interested in. A little time researching online will save you a lot of time driving around SLC looking at bikes that you are not familiar with. Don't purchase a bike online unless you are knowledgeable enough to put it together correctly and don't buy something on the advise of someone else unless you have personally ridden the bike, it is a comfortable fit and you really like it.

    Also, if you are going to spend that much on a road bike, be prepared to spend some on a professional bike fit. I'm sure that you will hear all sorts of reasons why you shouldn't and people telling you that you can do it yourself, but a professional computer fitting is something that you won't regret. It was the best money I have spent on anything having to do with my road bike.
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    Thanks for all the responses! I have almost all the major bikes available bike companies within fifty-seventy miles range. I don't want to be a weight weenie and will probably put another Brooks saddle on whatever I buy. I am going to a Jamis and Specialized dealership just to look around tonight, don't have enough time to ride any before dinner reservations (son and his fiance). This should be fun though. Once again, Thanks for the responses!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rltot View Post
    The wife says I can spend up to $2700 on the bike not including a bike rack, figuring on getting a saris bones 3.
    Just want to say, you one LUCKY SON OF A ***!!

    I think some of us be sneaking the bikes past the wifee, and/or not letting her know how much they cost. And here your wife is allowing your four figures and more.. When you read this, go back and give your wife a super hug, she deserves it!!

    On the bikes, I am into the vintage bikes...Man, do they ride. I am talking abotu the 70/80s steel bikes..They don't cost that much, and I can say this with all confidence, they look WAY BETTER THAN THE CURRENT CROP OF BIKES.. Let me duck on that one...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rltot View Post
    I don't want to be a weight weenie and will probably put another Brooks saddle on whatever I buy. I am going to a Jamis and Specialized dealership just to look around tonight, don't have enough time to ride any before dinner reservations (son and his fiance). This should be fun though. Once again, Thanks for the responses!
    With the amount of money you have available- Get a bit weight conscious. A 20 lbs bike is easier to get up hills than a 23lbs one. A 17lbs one is better.

    That Roubaix is a great favourite on this form. Seems to suit the restictions that age has put on us. It rides well- is comfortable- has a bit of give in the frame and the spec of the components is not bad either.

    It is so popular that even though I do not own one- I can recommend it to any new/returning cyclist. And that is from the reports that are posted here and in cycling mag write-ups.
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