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    Rides again HiYoSilver's Avatar
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    Best bike buying resources - buyers and back seat buyers

    Newbies are lost and back seat buying kibitzers are as consistent as the wind. So hopefully this thread will end up listing the best of the best of the currently available resources on buying the perfect bike. Note this is not about bike A versus bike B, but how to decide which type of bike goes in box A and which in box B. Let's not focus on the technical details and prices, but rather good resources for getting the most out of the bike buying process.

    Some will buy anything recommended as soon as the bug bites. Others will buy only after a long painful consideration time. Most are between those two extremes. So I'll start it off, and list some I found. If you find more good sites, please reply to this thread.


    HOW TO BEGIN THE PROCESS OF BUYING A BIKE and available resources for bike buying back seat drivers


    Rating Key
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    0 Stars == limited access or inaccurate information
    1 Star == incomplete information
    2 Stars == puff piece, limited valuable information
    3 Stars == good for starting the process
    4 Stars == better suggestions of categories and criteria
    5 Stars == extremely knowledgeable and much useful information



    Resource Overview
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    Code:
    --- 0 Stars --- ..
    Consumers Reports:
    
    --- 2 Stars ---  **
    NBDA:              
    
    --- 3 Stars ---  ***
    Consumers guide: 
    Ehow:                  
    Harra:                  
    
    --- 4 Stars ---  ****
    JimLangley:        
    
    --- 5 Stars --- *****
    Bikesport:           
    Bike Picker:



    Resource Details
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    Consumer reports RATING 00
    Unavailable and poor reputation for unbiased advise
    http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/t...view/index.htm


    --- 2 Stars ---
    Natl Bike dealers Assoc - , RATING **
    http://nbda.com/page.cfm?PageID=63



    --- 3 Stars ---
    Consumer Guide RATING ***
    http://products.consumerguide.com/bu...rticleId=10236

    Ehow, RATING ***
    Rough idea of what you can get for the money
    http://www.ehow.com/how_111822_buy-bicycle.html

    How to buy a bike, getting past the sales hype, RATING ***
    See pages 3
    http://www.harra.org/FootPrints/Dec02FP2730.pdf



    --- 4 Stars ---
    When bike shopping was fun, RATING ****
    Interesting classic bike images and great descriptions of
    what is different about different bikes. Alas no discussion of
    TT/tri bikes.
    http://www.jimlangley.net/crank/howtobuyabike1.html



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    Difference between Road and Tri/TT bikes, RATING *****
    The authoriative standard for describing bikes.
    http://www.bikesportmichigan.com/bikes/difference.shtml


    Bike Picker, RATING *****
    15 sample profiles of typical riders and which bike is best for them
    babe n woods
    tribike mike
    relaxing max
    rockefeller atlas
    andretti wilt
    doug spark plug
    longleg craig
    longbody roddy
    longbody,jr
    shifty sixty
    sore al gore
    laidback jack
    provinicial pete
    beer can dan
    plastic rick
    and first place grace
    http://www.slowtwitch.com/mainheadin...ikepicker.html
    Hi 'o Silver away

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    I would give *** to going to cycling events of the kind I enjoy like tours and RAAM and see what the riders are using. If I will be buying, I keep notes.
    This space open

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken cummings
    I would give *** to going to cycling events of the kind I enjoy like tours and RAAM and see what the riders are using. If I will be buying, I keep notes.
    And more importantly, why say buying a cervelo vs a trek. Why did one pass the mustard and another not? {aside from LBS and color. ****
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