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    Good entry level bikes?

    I am looking for an entry level bike, I am wanting to start getting into doing duathons. Would either of these bikes work and which would be best?

    http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/bik/1929509323.html

    http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/bik/1930874843.html

    http://greenbay.craigslist.org/bik/1933215982.html

    Thanks for any help

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    Do you know what size frame you'll need? You won't be comfortable (or fast) on an ill fitting bike.
    Go to a bike shop and get some pointers on what size bike you need.
    If possible test ride all three bikes to make sure you're comfortable on them and they fit.
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    I wouldn't consider a bike with downtube shifters. There are safer setups to use out there. bk

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    I have downtube shifters on my primary bike. I wold not recommend downtube shifters because they are a nuisance and are definitely not for a beginning rider as they require a lot of predicting what gear you will need long before you need it. But, why a safety issue? I have never felt that they are unsafe.

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    Give us a little more to work with. Do you have experience with downtube shifters? What size bike do you need? How far will you be riding? What is your total budget?

    I see you are looking in Milwaukee. Go to Cory the bike fixer on the East Side. http://www.corythebikefixer.com/index.php?id=152 They sell both new and used bikes.

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    Safety? well, you have to reach down, screw around with it until you get into the right gear smoothly. You are a little off balance and distracted. With indexed shifters, like gripshifters and thumbies, your hands never leave the bars. Simpler and safer. Yeah, it's not a huge issue, but there are better options for a newb. bk

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    Bikes came with DT shifters for decades and guess what - new riders rode them! I commute in traffic dailey on DT shifters and don't find them "unsafe".

    First thing anyone needs to know is your budget. $300 isn't going to get him out of DT shifters and the bike he linked to isn't above that.

    Emery's also sells used bikes.
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    Trek 1000 in cedarburg $250

    A little bigger than the Miyata you were looking at...
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    If your purpose is to get into duathlons, get a modern bike that sprints, shifts, and stops competitively. And doesn't have a kickstand.
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