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    Which do you think is best


    I'm gonna be 64 years old. For 10 years I've had a pretty nice Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo mountain bike. Lately, I've been doing a lot of road riding (20 to 30 + miles 3 days a week) and keep meticulous records of distance, speed, average, etc. On a good day, the best I can average over my 20 mile road course (mostly flat with a few small hills and riding non-stop) is 13.53 MPH. Because I'm doing so much road riding, I'm thinking of getting an entry level road bike. I've got it narrowed down to these three. A 2008 Trek 1.2 for $595. A 2009 Raleigh Sport for $520. A 2008 Giant Defy 3 for $585. I road them all and they all seem like nice bikes. Naturally, each LBS claims that the brand he carries is better than the rest. They always talk about "components". I don't know how to interpret the specs on these three bikes. Is one of these three really better than the other two. Or are they all about the same and it just boils down to personal preference. Which bike would you choose, and most importantly, "why".

    Trek 1.2 Specs: http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/road/1_series/12/
    Raleigh Sport Specs: http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/road/sport/?page=specs
    Giant Defy 3 Specs: http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/...ad/2266/32193/

    Although my Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo mountain bike is now 10 years old, it is very comfortable, totally reliable, and I really like it. So another idea is to put on some high psi mbt slicks like one of these:
    http://www.bicycletires.com/pcocug/c...inch%29/pp.htm
    http://www.bicycletires.com/pcocts/c..._26inch/pp.htm
    I realize that this change won't turn it into a road bike, but will it make a noticeable difference?
    Your input on this idea would also be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks for any input you can provide.
    Don



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    Welcome to Bike Forums, Don. You might try posting your question in the Road forum.
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    I apologize if I've posted this in the wrong forum/thread

    I apologize if I've posted this in the wrong forum/thread.

    Don

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    No apology necessary. You can post questions in here, but you will get more answers in Road Cycling since more people visit that forum.
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    Very little difference in the specs. Raleigh has cro-moly steel fork which will give similar handly but might not have the same bling factor. The Trek doesnt have the bar-top brake levers. Go with the bike shop that is most helpful or will give best service or is most convenient.

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