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Old 07-10-07, 07:37 PM   #1
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Hi, I am new to biking/cycling and am starting my adventures here. I have come here to learn. Right now I just am riding a "target special" bike, but I'm looking to upgrade - to what, I don't know. I'm 28 years old, female and live in Northeastern Ohio.
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Welcome to BF, neighbor. What part of NE Ohio are you from?
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I'm in the Cleveland area (west side)
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Hello dignity, what kind of riding do you plan to do? Commute, road, mountain biking? Your budget?

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I'm looking at mostly trail biking (crushed limestone/paved/dirt). I was hoping for just an entry-level bike, I don't want to go over 500$. If I keep it up (which I hope I do) then I'll probably either look at upgrades to whatever I get or a better bike at that point.
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I'm in the Cleveland area (west side)
That's where I grew up, I live down by Wadsworth now and work in Peninsula, right next to the towpath.
You might check out Century Cycles in Rocky River or Spin Cycle in Lakewood and give some bikes a test ride. If you go to Century down in Peninsula, tell em big Dan sent you...those guys will take good care of you.
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Dignity,

Do not let chipcom's avatar graphic scare you. He does amazing and talented things with Photoshop.

I lived in Lorain County (Lorain and Amherst) from 1974 to 1983. I used to bike into Olmsted Falls on occasion. I once planned and led a two day bike ride for youth in Amish country near Middlefield and Burton.
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Uhh, I can't even draw a straight line in Photoshop. All of the morphs of my mug (that only a mother could love) have come from other BF members.
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Dignity,

Do not let chipcom's avatar graphic scare you. He does amazing and talented things with Photoshop.

I lived in Lorain County (Lorain and Amherst) from 1974 to 1983. I used to bike into Olmsted Falls on occasion. I once planned and led a two day bike ride for youth in Amish country near Middlefield and Burton.
Thankfully I do not scare too easily.

So far my riding has mainly been on the towpath - occasionally the 'oh I need something from <insert store here>, I'll just grab the bike and run up there'. I'm just a beginner though - so my rides are not all that long. For example, last weekend we went from Brecksville to Penninsula on the towpath (with the detour on the carriage trail). I'm looking for a bike that will be able to do that kind of stuff comfortably. I drive a truck and have a house, so space isn't too much of a concern.
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Hi, I am new to biking/cycling and am starting my adventures here. I have come here to learn. Right now I just am riding a "target special" bike, but I'm looking to upgrade - to what, I don't know. I'm 28 years old, female and live in Northeastern Ohio.

Welcome to BF dignity.. I'm also from the Wadsworth area and work in Wadsworth.. but I do a lot of riding around the Cuyahoga Valley, Medina, Lorain and Wayne Counties when I have the chance. I second the recommendation for Century Cycles, if you have some miles on your "target special" you should hopefully be getting an idea of what you like.. when shopping around be open minded and try out the various styles with a test ride of two before making the purchase.

Chip.. are you commuting from near Wadsworth to Peninsula by bicycle? I always assumed you were in one of the Cleveland burbs..
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I just rode the towpath the other weekend and I use a Trek7300, it is a hybrid, I don't really recommend the 7300, it has front fork shocks and seat post shock, it just seems slow to me, I would recommend a hybrid as it is hardier than a roadie and not quite as heavy and rugged as a mountain, or at least use hybrid type tires, little wider than roadies and little narrower than mountain type..buy the best you can afford is the only true advice I can give...
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I went up to Century Cycles in Rocky River - they do not carry the Raleigh Passage 5.0 - they only had 1 giant that was my size, so I test drove it. It was pretty nice, but I want the trigger shifter (I'm not willing to compromise on that one). So they have a 15" Raleigh Passage 4.0 in stock (just not built) - but I'm wondering: Is the Passage 5.0 worth the extra money (plus I do like the color better on the 5.0).
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How much more money is the 5.0? It seems like the big difference between the two bikes is the disc brakes on the 5.0 and the v-brakes on the 4.0. If you're going to do a lot of messy riding you may appreciate the disc brakes although I do all sorts of messy riding year round and my rim brakes have never failed me.

It looks like the shifting components are same either way. It just appears the 5.0 may be slightly "faster" with more performance oriented cassette, rims, tires and brakes.
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How much more money is the 5.0? It seems like the big difference between the two bikes is the disc brakes on the 5.0 and the v-brakes on the 4.0. If you're going to do a lot of messy riding you may appreciate the disc brakes although I do all sorts of messy riding year round and my rim brakes have never failed me.

It looks like the shifting components are same either way. It just appears the 5.0 may be slightly "faster" with more performance oriented cassette, rims, tires and brakes.
If I remember correctly, the 5.0 is about $50 more, but the bike shop would have to order it in and then build it for me. The 4.0 is in stock right now. I'm just starting to get into biking, right now I'm only going once a week, as soon as I get a new bike though, I'll go more often . Mostly I'll be doing trail riding.
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