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Old 05-06-13, 10:20 AM   #1
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I don't know the first thing about bikes..

..but I know what I want from them, I wanna go fast.

I'm a car enthusiast from Montreal, with a particular taste for racing, but given the risk and expensive nature of my hobby, I'm looking to find something new. Also, I'm very competitive and healthy, so I believe I am physically capable of intensive riding. What I'm looking for is something lightweight, rigid, and tuned for on-road performance, something like a Tours de France type of bike I suppose. I have a background in auto mechanics and am no stranger to modifications, so I'd prefer a model with big enough tuning support, yet common enough that sourcing parts wouldn't turn into a long, expensive goose chase around Europe/Asia. I'd like to go with a reputable brand with a racing pedigree, nothing assembled in China in the dark by candlelight like my Supercycle MTB. In terms of budget, I'd like to keep it under $1,000. As for me, I'm male, 6'1'', 185lbs, and athletic, so I'd need a frame that can reliably handle my size and weight. Any suggestions, tips or advice (or criticism for that matter) would be greatly appreciated as I stated I know next to nothing about the world of competitive cycling. Thank you in advance, cheers!
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Old 05-06-13, 10:31 AM   #2
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Sounds pretty ambitious, especially your aspirations relative to your budget. Generally, entry level road bikes go for around $1,000 or a little more.
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How old are you?

Bike riding / racing is 10% bike, 90 % motor.

Visit your local bike shops. Get a road bike and join a local bike club
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6 ft 3 in, 160 lbs, won the TDF last year.

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Well, I don't mind ponying up a couple of extra bucks for something I know is of a certain quality, I just don't want to be duped into overpaying for something that might not necessarily be worth it. I'm 25 years old, and I run to stay in shape, mostly endurance. While I admit I'm no marathon contender I'm usually out on the trail at a fair pace for anywhere between 45 minutes and an hour and a half. However, I often find myself racing (or just trying to keep up) with casual bike riders. It's purely instinctual to want to pass someone who passed you first. Anyways, I guess I should stop by a bike shop and start asking questions...
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Have fun with you bike buying and most of all your bike riding.

Once you determine what size might fit your body, take a look on Craigslist for something used that you can tune up.

I bought my first road bike used.

http://montreal.fr.craigslist.ca/bik/3786493594.html

http://montreal.fr.craigslist.ca/bik/3743821049.html
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Hi Plan Jane, welcome aboard BF, good to have you here. Check in the Racing Forums to get some idea about racing and the commitment it takes to train and race competitively. First thing is to find a Local Bike Shop (an LBS in BF speak) that you can work with and will suit your needs to find the right bike and fit it to you properly. You budget is really optimistic, look around the site and some bike manufacturer's web sites. Don't rule out Taiwan made parts or even some Chinese parts, American made parts are not very common now, they are there but not in the numbers you may think. Best of luck in your start on racing, it is very rewarding.

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