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Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Just NW of Richardson Bike Mart
Bikes: '05 Trek 1200 / '90 Trek 8000 / '? Falcon Europa
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Welcome to bike forums. Put on your riding clothes, grab your helmet and hit the bike shops. $1000 will get you a great bike at most bike shops. Ride as many bikes from as many manufactures as you can. Most bikes at a similar price point will be equally equipped as far as wheel and components go. Ride the bike for as long as the shop will let you ride. Try to ride aluminum and steel bikes so that you can feel the differences. To me, aluminum feels stiffer, but more responsive, steel has a more subdued feel, soaks up some of the vibration, esp. on chip seal roads.
After you have ridden the bikes, go with the one that feels best to you.
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Originally Posted by colorider
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