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    I want to learn

    Hello guys! I am here to learn as much as I can so I can build my own road bike someday. Hopefully a year or 2 from now I will have the knowledge of everything to build a bike. I also brought a Road bike maintenance book and hopefully I can use it to break down and tune up my Schwinn hybrid Trailway 700c from Target. What brought me here is that i ask a fellow student a while back if he can help me tune my bike (I offer money). He said that he doesn't deal with "cheap bikes". I don't know what he meant by cheap bikes but $300 for a newbie rider, i think that's a good price. Anyway, I kind of want to make this a hobby and hopefully be able to build one. I am 5'11 and i dont know what frame size cm is perfect for me, i dont even know what they mean by 42cm frame, where do they measure the 42cm at? well hoping to learn everything from you!


    Ahh forgot to answer some questions

    Where are you from? Oakland, CA
    What do you ride? Schwinn Trailway Hybrid 700c
    How long have you been riding? Not that long, trying to ride as much on the weekends
    Anything else we should know about you? hands are itching to build but no knowledge of anything
    Last edited by CLoudberry; 05-29-14 at 02:08 AM. Reason: answering some questions

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    Welcome from another new member. I was looking into a good road bike too until I saw that the decent ones start around 7-800. Even decent mountain bikes start around 500. Take a ride on a good bike and you'll immediately notice a difference. I rode a $1000 mountain bike and now I cringe when I get on mine. Lol
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    Welcome to BF! Everybody has a different vision of just what is a “cheap bike.” That being said, I doubt anybody would argue that those awful things that cost ~$100ish at Kmart, WalMart, etc are truly cheap bikes. Anything above that level gets pretty arguable pretty quick. My bad weather/winter beater is a Diamondback Sorrento that cost me around $225 at Dicks in 2005. I’ve abused and neglected it to a criminal degree for 9 years, it keeps coming back for more abuse like a faithful dog and it still shifts with nearly microsurgical precision. Like the old saying says, “Go figure”...

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