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    Point me in a direction, sooo lost

    Hello,

    After days, yes days, of reading reviews on many websites, I am so lost in getting a bike (I was very unaware of the different bikes out there), so I decided to ask for help here. Basically, I have been using my stationary bike for quite some time now and would like to get into the outdoor cycling world.

    Basically, I am looking for a bike to ride mostly on paved roads, about 200 miles a week(some weekend rides will go over 50 miles per trip). There aren't many hills in the area, and there are quite a few nice bike trails around.

    So, I was wondering if anyone could point me towards a beginners bike? My budget is around $500(I know this isn't much considering I saw some bikes going into multiple thousands...)

    If it helps, I am 5'8" male, 165 lbs.

    Thanks and any help would be appreciated.

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    welcome to general disc,,, since you've done plenty of investigation I guess you know what type you want or like , from there you can get a better picture of what you have to spend , I see your budget , but that depends on what type of bike you want,, more info on that,,,,,,,

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    You'd probably want a road bike due to the amount of riding miles you want to get in. I'd suggest go explore your local bikes shops and stores like REI and take a look at them and get fit to the right sized bike. Will $500 include all the accessories such as helmet and bike clothes that make riding that length rides more enjoyable or will $500 be just for the bike? $500 will get you a somewhat decent entry level bike but including all the other goodies in the $500 won't get you that great of a bike.
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    You should look at both road bikes and hybrids. I hate the categories, and prefer to focus on features. That kind of riding you'll probably want dropped (road) bars, but many newer riders prefer the more upright position of mtn or hybrid bikes (strictly your call).

    Since ther's some dirt, and you're not looking at competition, one critical feature to look for is clearance on both the fork and rear triangle for wider tires, ie. 32mm or 35mm minimum. Many "road" bikes, even ones at your price level can only accept narrower tires and you'll find this a problem if you prefer more rubber between you and the ground.

    As far as gearing goes, just about anything out there has more range than you need, but the shop can probably help you with some modifications there (as long as you don't plan to venture into hillier territory).

    Also, don't forget to leave room in your budget above the cost of the bike. There's sales tax, and dome basic and necessary accessories which will add up to 20% (or yet more) to the cost of the bike itself.
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    good to chat with your local bike shops. Anyway, Breezer makes some nice basic bikes, like:

    Breezer Bikes - Greenway - Bike Overview

    Giant is another basic brand, good value:

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    First forget about a particular bike.

    Visit ALL of your local bike shops - do NOT purchase anything yet. Find the two that you feel most comfortable/confident with.

    Visit those two, talk to them about what you want, test ride some bikes - at BOTH shops. Talk about service, tune ups, trade-in/ups, accessories (you need helmet, water bottle cages, etc).

    Go home, sleep on it; go test ride again your 1st choice. This get them to let you ride a few miles on the test ride. If it still your first choice, buy it.
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    Thank you for all your responses! I am going to go take a look at my local bike shops, there's quite a few in the area.

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    By all means, visit many bike shops and talk to as many people as possible. Also spend time poking around this website. There are a great many knowledgeable people here and you will learn a much just by reading through posts.

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    200 miles a week is a lot. I consider myself a pretty avid cyclist and will do that in the summer but usually average about 130/week. One thing to keep in mind is the maintenance costs for that distance. You'll need replacement tires and chains every 2000-6000 miles. If you're depending on the bike for transportation you'll want to replace the shift cables every year. It adds up.

    I suggest buying a medium level used bike and learning how to do minor repairs and maintenance on it yourself. There's a lot of repair information on You Tube and the Park Tool website.

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    You are going to ride on roads and bike trails so one thing you should avoid is a bike with any kind of suspension. You don't need it on decent roads and bike paths. A lot of bikes in the sub-$500 category have cheap, poorly working suspensions with the only function to make the bike more appealing to buyers who don't know much about bikes. It is better to buy a bike which is lighter (suspension adds weight) and has better components in the drive train than to buy one with nearly useless suspension. You might spend some time learning about component lines (example for Shimano: http://www.choosemybicycle.com/in/en...nent-hierarchy and http://www.choosemybicycle.com/in/.....nent-hierarchy and SRAM http://www.choosemybicycle.com/in/en...nent-hierarchy http://www.choosemybicycle.com/in/en...nent-hierarchy). These are the two most common sets of components you will find on new bikes.

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    So I thought I'd scour Craigslist for a bit trying to find a used bike that seemed decent to buy and came across this...

    2010 Fuji ACR 3.0 Road Bike

    Any thoughts? The size is perfect for me. I think 500 is a fair deal, maybe I can get him to 450.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icyice519 View Post
    So I thought I'd scour Craigslist for a bit trying to find a used bike that seemed decent to buy and came across this...

    2010 Fuji ACR 3.0 Road Bike

    Any thoughts? The size is perfect for me. I think 500 is a fair deal, maybe I can get him to 450.
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    If you can figure out how to do your own repairs and maintenance, a $500 used bike will give you a lot of bang for your buck, and should hold its value pretty well (good if you want to sell and upgrade in another year or two). My first non-vintage road bike was purchased off Craigslist for $500, and I sold it on Craigslist two years later for...$500.
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    So I am supposed to meet the guy to see the bike on tuesday, pretty excited. I was down to either 2007 TREK 1000SL 52cm Bike- Flare Duotone or 2010 Fuji ACR 3.0 Road Bike but I chose the Fuji cause of the better components after reading what VegasTriker linked. Did I make the right choice?

    Thanks for all the help, really appreciate it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by icyice519 View Post
    So I am supposed to meet the guy to see the bike on tuesday, pretty excited. I was down to either 2007 TREK 1000SL 52cm Bike- Flare Duotone or 2010 Fuji ACR 3.0 Road Bike but I chose the Fuji cause of the better components after reading what VegasTriker linked. Did I make the right choice?

    Thanks for all the help, really appreciate it!
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    Do not buy a used bike off Craigs list or from anyone unless you know enough to assess it's condition and cost of needed repairs or bring a knowledgeable person with you. There are legitimate bargains to be had, but there are also dogs to be avoided.
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