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    newbie and need some advice

    well its fair to say i have been riding bikes ever since i was about 3 when i took my own stablizers off! ive gone from trails biking to montain biking to bmx riding and then to road biking(my fav)! and then one day i got off the bike and havnt been on one for about a year which is a long time for me, and for my new years resoloution ive deciced to get back into the swing of things, i hope 2 get back to my fittness level i was at, and look into and maybe do a few cycling trips (anywere with nice roads and is warm with some challenging climbs ) anyway ive norrowed it down to 2 road bikes, either the trek madone 4.5 2009 or the gaint tcr3 2009 im leaning towards the gaint but cant put my finger on why.. do you guys have any experence on either of these bikes or reviews?

    p.s im 24 and live in the uk

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    tucka

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    Welcome back to riding.
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    Fit is everything. If you are leaning to the Giant, it's possibly because it fits you better.

    Where are you in the UK?

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    cheers for the welcome, im leanin towards the trek now, went for anouther test ride the other night, felt really good, and put the power down well, so hopefully in the next 2 weeks il go and pick it up! the guy at the shop thinks il be suited to a 56inch frame, but the 54 feels really right to me, im 5ft10 so is a 54inch frame about right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tucka View Post
    cheers for the welcome, im leanin towards the trek now, went for anouther test ride the other night, felt really good, and put the power down well, so hopefully in the next 2 weeks il go and pick it up! the guy at the shop thinks il be suited to a 56inch frame, but the 54 feels really right to me, im 5ft10 so is a 54inch frame about right?

    I think you mean centimeters! You are an experienced rider, so if you think the 54 feels better, it could be more suited to your build. 54cm seems a bit small for your size, though.

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    Welcome, tucka! It's hard to get back to the fitness level of the past, I know! I am expecting my new bike soon(hopefully!). It is a Condor, made there in England. It's a carbon frame, with all shimano. It's a Team Ralfa. East Hill is right. The 54cm seems a tad small for a 5'10" person. A bike that fits right, for racing, anyway, should allow you to stretch out, not feel scrunched up. Good luck with the bike, and don't hesitate to ask for advice. Many forum folks have years of experience. Good Luck, and ride ride ride!

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