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Old 05-16-11, 12:56 PM   #1
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Getting First Bike - Would Like Advice on 2 Options

I've been thinking about getting a bike for a while and have decided to. I'm really good friends with the guys at the LBS and they know about my options and will gladly help me either way.

The options I'm looking at are a new Cannondale CAAD10 and a used Cannondale System Six. The System Six is less money than the CAAD10. It also has several upgrades to it.

Is the System Six going to be too much bike for me? I intend to ride recreationally only, although I like pushing myself. It's a great deal, but I don't know if it's going to be more than I need and hurt me in what I'm trying to do. It only has 700 miles on it in three years.

The CAAD10 is a great, all aluminum bike. Perfect for recreational riding it seems. I just wonder if the other deal is too good to pass up for less money than the CAAD.

All opinions appreciated. Thanks!

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Old 05-16-11, 05:06 PM   #2
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Better bike for less money. Would you explain the downside for me?
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New bike comes with a warranty - used bike does not.
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Recreational riding only?
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I anticipate recreational only riding. The System Six has several full carbon upgrades (handlebars, seat post, seat) and is less money than a new CAAD10.

I'm curious if it's too much bike to the point that it would hurt me. If not I don't see the downside. I understand the warranty side, but feel the components difference offsets that to some degree.

Again, all opinions welcome. Thanks to those who already offered his/hers.
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I don't understand what "recreational riding only" means. A great bike is a great bike, in any situation, right? I mean I don't want to buy a $7,000 bike but I think when people buy bikes just for fun, they tend to undersell their needs.
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I anticipate recreational only riding. The System Six has several full carbon upgrades (handlebars, seat post, seat) and is less money than a new CAAD10.

I'm curious if it's too much bike to the point that it would hurt me. If not I don't see the downside. I understand the warranty side, but feel the components difference offsets that to some degree.

Again, all opinions welcome. Thanks to those who already offered his/hers.
One thing is sure. No one "needs" a bike like either one of the bikes you asked about. There is no snob appeal when it comes to "recreational only riding" since you can show off for a lot less money.
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I don't understand what "recreational riding only" means. A great bike is a great bike, in any situation, right? I mean I don't want to buy a $7,000 bike but I think when people buy bikes just for fun, they tend to undersell their needs.
Well first you must understand that I don't know any better. That's the big reason why I'm asking here.

Second, my concern about the System Six bike is that it's 'too much bike' for me. I don't want something that is too aggressive to the point that it hurts me and just riding to enjoy it.
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Well first you must understand that I don't know any better. That's the big reason why I'm asking here.

Second, my concern about the System Six bike is that it's 'too much bike' for me. I don't want something that is too aggressive to the point that it hurts me and just riding to enjoy it.
Oh okay, that clarifies it. I don't know any better, either. I meant my earlier as more of a general statement. I mean, like my mom got a used bike to ride just for fun. It's a complete dud and it just sits in the garage because it must weigh 50lbs! I think a lot of people buy bikes at Wal-mart instead of LBS because it's just for fun. I think you might want to check out online reviews of the bikes you're thinking about. Maybe do some research about bike geometry.
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