Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Tampa, Florida
Bikes: 2012 Colnago Ace road bike, 2010 Giant Cypress hybrid
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+1 for the local bike shop. Diamondback makes some nice bikes, but the problem is that you can't ride them to see how they fit. The advantage of going to a bike shop is that they will let you ride one and see how it fits you and can also help you find a bike that will fit. Another advantage of a bike shop is that employee turnover is common and the guy selling you the bike may not be all that knowledgeable in responding to your questions. Bike shop employees don't normally make a lot of money, but they are there because they love bikes. You will get better answers and assistance at a bike shop.
That said, don't go in a bike shop and see one that you like, at the price you want, and buy it without riding it first. If you find that it doesn't fit properly after the sale, you may end up with a dust catcher in the garage. You have time to train for the October ride, so don't rush the purchase as it will be the difference between being comfortable on the ride and hurting all over. Good luck with your purchase and your ride.
HCFR Cycling Team
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2012 Colnago Ace
2010 Giant Cypress