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    And your little dog, too Shermite's Avatar
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    If it were YOUR choice...

    Hi...I'm a lurker (and a runner but I know my knees won't last forever...)
    I've been riding my kids (I'm tiny) old mtn bike since March, I do like it and duals next season would be cool so it's time to get a bike for me...I have about a grand, with a little wiggle room, to spend.

    Went to my LBS w/ and tried a WSD Trek 1000 and it worked for me, was ready to buy the bike, pedals and new shoes, helmet, cages, shorts et al for a bit less than my budget amount....
    THEN the guy said try this one and he put me on a Cannondale Synapse Feminine 3..so sweet, sigh...
    and said he'd work it out so the bike could hit really close to my budget....

    His thoughts are that if I end up loving to ride, I'll probably "outgrow" the Trek in a year or if I really hated riding, the Synapse would be a better resale value........

    I know what I SHOULD do and I know what I WANT to do but I'd like to know....what would you do?

    Thanks.....

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    Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP) Stacey's Avatar
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    All you need to make your decision is within you.






























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    Bikes are like candy...when in doubt, go with the sweetest.
    "Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey

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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom
    Bikes are like candy...when in doubt, go with the sweetest.
    Or in more practical terms, get the most bike you can for your budget.

    Oh, and what Stacey said.
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    Take your budget and add 20%.

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    jeezus chr1st, get the cannondale!

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    Shouldn't be a difficult decision.

    You get significantly better components and more "bling" in the wheelset. Plus, it's the bike that you really want.

    A year from now, if you buy the Trek, you will have forgotten how you spent the difference but you'll still be stuck riding the bike that you "settled" for.

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    And your little dog, too Shermite's Avatar
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    Being such a newbie I didn't want to be getting in over my head with too much bike...
    The cannondale IS the way to go and heck, it's only $$

    Thanks y'all for the input and v1k1ng1001 for your directness
    I'll post pics soon ....

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    There is no such thing as too much bike IMHO. Too little... yes.

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    You're asking a bunch of junkies if they'd rather have more or less crack. As you can see, the answer is pretty predictable.

    Really, there's nothing that a recreational rider can't do with the Trek that can be done with the C'Dale. It won't hold you back and it will work well for a long time if properly cared for.

    Now with that said, I'd go with the C'Dale too unless I'd have to dip into the grocery or rent money. It =is= a better bike and it will hold more of its value longer (although bike depreciate to nothing pretty fast).

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    Live Deliberately. davidmcowan's Avatar
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    What would Jesus Do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidmcowan
    What would Jesus Do?
    He'd go for the C'dale & stop buying Starbucks for 6 months to offset the difference....
    As with mud, life, too, slides by.

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