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    Hello from Boston - Need Help Buying 1st Road Bike

    I'm looking to get my first road bike and need help. Since its my first bike, I'd like to keep it chep (under $500) to see if its for me. Any suggestions? I've been looking on bikesdirect.com, but wnted some help. I'm 6'.0", 195lbs.

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    Try CraigsList or buy used from a Bike Shop.
    Ride it before you buy it.
    Community Bicycle on Tremont (my most local LBS) in the South End always has a few used bikes out front and way more in the back.

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    Having ridden around Boston, I would get a bike that will accept at least a 28c tire.
    Some bikes in the sport category will, CX bikes, touring bikes, and some others.
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    Welcome to bike forums... To get anything half way decent for $500 you will have to buy used. Anything new for $500 in crap...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hendrick81 View Post
    Welcome to bike forums... To get anything half way decent for $500 you will have to buy used. Anything new for $500 in crap...
    +1
    The cheapest road bike we sell at the shop I work at is ~$650.

    If you aren't sure what size bike you need, visit your LBS and ask them.
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    How could I forget: Try Bikes Not Bombs in Jamaica Plain.
    Good used bikes, good people and a good cause.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrJFSully View Post
    I'm looking to get my first road bike and need help. Since its my first bike, I'd like to keep it chep (under $500) to see if its for me. Any suggestions? I've been looking on bikesdirect.com, but wnted some help. I'm 6'.0", 195lbs.
    Welcome to the Forums. I am a year round commuter from Kenmore Square to Norwood and an occasional centurian. I bought my Bridgestone RB-1 about 20 years ago, over $500 then as a year-end model, and it has served me well, so I don't know much about current road bikes. I think the advice about used bikes is a good one and I bought a nice Cannondale Mountain Bike used as a beater bike from Back Bay Bikes, though I don't think they usually sell many used, mostly their rental bikes. Boston Bicycles at 842 Beacon street may have used bikes too. BTW, when asked about buying bikes, I refer people to the Back Bay Bikes website which has a good section on buying bikes.

    Where are you in the Boston area and what kind of riding are you planning to do. e.g. commuting, distance riding, etc.?

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    Jim,

    Thanks for the help. I live in Brookline and was looking to get bike mainly for exercise. I'd probably take it outside the city. I will check out those websites. Thanks.

    John

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