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    New to cycling, any advice welcome!

    Hi everyone!
    I have a Giant FCR 2W flat bar road bike I purchased ~a year and a half ago, but just finally started to take out. My longest ride so far has been ~20 miles (not long, I know, but it was only my second real ride, so give me a break!)
    My sister has a cannondale road bike and is seriously into the sport now, which has inspired me. I have not been on a group ride yet, only biking trails (with twisty turns and slick steep hills--a real road sound nice). I put shimano clipless pedals on my bike, and after a few falls (just standing there) have gained a lot of confidence using them. Now here's the kicker. I like my bike, but I want a REAL road bike now. I was thinking maybe I could just splurge and change the handlebars and gears, but I'm just not sure.
    Went shopping yesterday and looked at a Trek 2.1 wsd and a Giant Avail. I'm leaning towards the Avail because it has nicer gears and brakes. I'm going to try and do a recovery ride with a group before I spend anymore money. Hopefully it will be a good experience.

    I'm so happy since I started biking. I love all my bruises and scraped knees! It makes me feel alive!

    Amy

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    Between Crystal River and Hernando, Florida, 6 miles west of the Withlacoochee Trail
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    I've had several since 1999 but have settled on my beloved 2001 Litespeed Tuscany and my latest, a 2013 Cannondale CAAD 10.
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    Hi Amy and welcome to BF.

    Quote Originally Posted by sydneylo View Post
    I like my bike, but I want a REAL road bike now. I was thinking maybe I could just splurge and change the handlebars and gears, but I'm just not sure.
    Swapping out the handlebar and brake/shifters will be expensive. Just enjoy the flat bar road bike for commuting, slow recreational rides, and recovery rides.
    Get a new road bike to do group rides with your sister and other roadies you'll meet.
    My bikes: 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---
    2013 Cannondale CAAD 10 2 "Racing Edition"--The bike shop owner said it's toast after the car-bike accident. R.I.P.
    * * 2014 or 2015 CAAD 10 3 coming soon. Decision time. * *

    Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. ~ Charles Schultz

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