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Old 06-25-08, 05:37 PM   #1
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Newbie... looking for opinion road bike.


I just bought my first road bike it is a "99" Diamondback Interval. I know it is a starter bike, but I had a limited budget to start on (spent to much on all my other hobbies ). I paid $200 for it. It is in good condition, and been well maintained at the bike shop that I am purchasing it from. The original owner upgraded. I thought this was a much better move then picking up a new bike from Wal-Mart. I'm having the bike shop owner go over it and do a tune up if it needs it. I figure if I really like it I can upgrade to a nicer bike and sell this one. I was just curious what everybody's thoughts are on my choice. Here is a link to the bike.
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It's heavy, but that's because it's steel. The steel should give you a nice smooth ride, much less harsh than aluminium.

What kind of upgrades did the original owner do?

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That is a nice bike as it comes. The only thing I would change are the pedals for Shimano SPD A520 or double sided with matching walkable shoes. After riding a bit you may want to switch the tires to 28 mm for comfort or 23 mm for speed, depending on the smoothness of the roads in your area. Being steel you could spread the rear end to take a 9 sp cassette, but it would not be worth the cost of the parts. Ride and enjoy as is.
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