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    New from the Deep South!

    Hi All!

    I am new to this forum and wanted to do a shout-out! I mostly run to stay in shape but I've been mountain biking for a while. I ride a Gary Fisher Marlin thats a few years old. It's the blue frame with the orange flames. It's a great bike but I have been wanting to get on the roads and plan to buy a road bike this September. That's actually how I found this forum! I have several bikes in mind and would appreciate any advice. I won't test ride until I get closer to the purchase but here are my leanings:

    Trek 1200 or 1500

    Specialized Allez Sport or Allez Elite

    Fuji Roubaix

    Budget is a concern. If I went with one of the more expensive options, I might have to wait for bike shoes and some biking clothing. Let me know what cha think!

    MississipBiker

    Feel free to check out my running blog:

    www.deepsouthrunning.blogspot.com

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    Welcome to the road biking side of the sport! I bought a Trek 7.5 FX last month for my commute. I spent the money on a better model, and have to put off the fancy bag/clothes, etc. I felt better getting the better model up front (instead of the 7.2 or 7.3) instead of wishing I had later.

    I hope you have a good LBS to buy from! They can make all the difference...

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    I live in a small town so LBS are REALLY limited. We have two -- one has less knowledgeable but very friendly and helpful staff, the other shop has a guy who is knowledgeable but he can be rude and kinda looks down his nose at beginning riders. I'll probably go to him though for a good fit. (that is if I decide on the Trek 1500)

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    I went to the "guy who is knowledgable but is rude" first. Couldn't take it. Luckily I fould a great one that will be getting all my business.

    Maybe the rude guy will be nicer once you aren't a beginner, or at least once he makes some $$ off of you!

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