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Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Not far from the Withlacoochee Trail. 🚴🏻
Bikes: My beloved 2001 Litespeed Tuscany and my 2014 Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod
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Everybody starts with a lower end bike. It's kind of like buying a car. You don't get a $40,000 BMW as your first car.
Once you have some miles under your belt you'll have a better idea of what kind of bike (frame material, components, pedals, etc.) you'll want in the long run.
Me, I started with an entry level bike that cost ~$1100. Two years later I graduated to a $3500 bike. Now I have 3 bikes and each has a different use -- one Ti road bike, one aluminum cyclocross bike, one steel commuter bike.
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. - Psalm 103:8