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    Josh Houck houckj's Avatar
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    Very new to the sport

    Hello,

    My name is Josh Houck, and I just turned 19. I'm from mid-ohio and I'm looking to get into the sport of cycling. I'm currently looking into buying my first road bike on sort of a budget around $500-$800. Could anyone help set me on a good path to becoming competitive?

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    Life is good RonH's Avatar
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    Welcome to BF.
    Read thru the threads in the Road Cycling forum for suggestions. You should be able to find several decent road bikes in your budget.
    My bikes --> 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---2013 Cannondale CAAD 10 2 (5) "Racing Edition"

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

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    Find a helpful bike shop and then buy whatever brand they sell. If you just want exercise Sora shifters are fine, but if you are going to do competitive riding look for Tiagra.

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