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    New Cyclist : Please help, need bike

    I need to get a bike to ride to and from campus everyday. The ride is about 5 miles each way. The problem I have right now is that I am new and don't know very much about the different kinds of bikes. So if anyone could please give me advice on a good bike at a decent price that would be a huge help. I am looking to spend around $300. Also people have been telling me that a road bike wouldn't be able to handle the rough roads of Austin. Is this true?

    Thanks a lot,

    Josh

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    Great State of Varmint Panthers007's Avatar
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    I'd suggest a hybrid bicycle - that handle both pavement and dirt trails & gravel fine - and start looking in your local CraigsList. A good used bike sounds like it would fit the need perfectly.
    How do you keep an idiot in suspense?

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    Life is good RonH's Avatar
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    If you shop on craigslist, make sure the bike is the right size. Fit is the most important thing to consider when buying a bike - IMHO.
    My bikes --> 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---2013 Cannondale CAAD 10 2 (5) "Racing Edition"

    Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. ~ Charles Schultz

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