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    Rode bikes over the years

    I've been primarily interested in riding BMX for the last few years, but now that my friends are hinting I need to ride a more grown up bike, I'm in search of a good used road bike..I've found a Roadmaster Scorcher in 56cm, just wondering what your guys take on that frame..I've seen other sources that state it's a *** bike and won't last long....it's $50...just needs a front brake.

    Anyway, I need some advice on road bikes....like can I convert the brake levers to hide the cables on ANY handlebar....and what frame size SHOULD I be getting....I'm 5'9" w/ a 32" inseam..I've looked up frame sizing and they've stated somewhere between 54cm-56cm... I was also told I could actually go maybe 57-58 MAX. Any thoughts?

    Thanks and hope to use this forum more....

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    Forget the Roadmaster.
    56 cm is very close to what you will need.
    Fit is evrything on a road bike.
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    Why should I forget the Roadmaster? Is it as crappy as I've read? Also does shifter location make a big difference? My old Nishiki had them on the downtube..most of the ones I can afford have them up on the stem.....which is better?

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    Would 58cm be too big? Found a Bianchi for $130.

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    Roadmaster Crappy, Had one.
    Nishiki's are nice I had one.
    Down tube shifters area better quality I beleive.

    Bianchi's are nice. You could give it a test ride and see.
    It might work for your as your first road bike.
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    Can a stem shifter bike be converted to downtube shifting?

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