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Old 09-18-07, 02:30 AM   #1
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I've got a fever and the only prescription is a new road bike!

Hello bikers! I'm Dave from Chicago. I'm currently riding a 1991 Cannondale mtb (3.0 series aluminum with suntour x-press shifters, dia compe short stop brakes, and ritchey wheels). I've some problems with it over the years, mainly broken rear axles (5 or 6... I'm kind of fat and I jumped curbs), plus poor shifting. I finally bought a whole new rear wheel (alex wheels), rear deraileur (shimano alivio), and rear shifter (shimano), plus crossroad tires. The rear wheel hasn't started wobbling around yet. I'm sure this is very exciting to most of you, but at least I have a bike to ride up and down the lake shore! Now I'm saving up for a new road bike. That's why I joined the site! I think I might need some help. I'm not an avid bike rider, but ever since I was 5 and I looked back and saw nobody was holding me up by the banana seat I've been hooked. Can't wait to get on a bad azz road bike and fly like the wind!
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Old 09-18-07, 04:31 AM   #2
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So what kind of bike are you looking at, Dave?

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Old 09-18-07, 10:53 AM   #3
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Set a budget and then hit the bike shops. Ride as many bikes as you can, for as long as the shop will let you. Buy what fits, all else being equal.
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Old 09-18-07, 02:25 PM   #4
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I have looked at a lot of bikes. Finding the correct size has been the most difficult part. I've had sales people tell me that a 58cm was the perfect size and the next day I talk to another sales person and he wouldn't even think about selling me a bike that small (they both were very convincing). So after quite a bit of confusion I think I am a 60cm in a Trek, 59cm in Lemond. Not really sure about Cannondale, 60cm? Those are the manufacturers I'm focusing on right now. I know I need to set a budget but when I start looking at all that Ultegra and carbon fiber my hand just starts reaching for my already stretched credit cards. I almost bought a Trek Madone 5.2 on sale for $1999.99 a few weeks ago. Almost pulledl the trigger. Because of my lack of cash at the moment I'm not in a huge hurry but I would really like a new bike by spring. Any good online shops? How much more expensive is it to build? Thanks for the replies!
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Gonna cost a bit more to build and if you are not sure of size, online may not be the best route. I have ridden Treks since the early 80's, so they just feel right to me. I can ride a 56 or a 58. 58 fits me a bit better. I am 6' even and have a 32" inseam. I ride a 56 cm Trek 1200
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Old 09-18-07, 03:06 PM   #6
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Is size more of a personal preference than a science? I think I want comfort more than an aggressive race position, but at the same time I don't want to have to stretch to reach the bars. Is it better to stretch a smaller bike (longer stem) or shorten a bigger bike (shorter stem), and adjusting seat position?
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