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Old 04-06-07, 08:32 PM   #1
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Suggestions for a new bike

I've decided to give the LD riding thing a try and trade the MTB in for something that easier to pedal on the pavement. I searched this forum for recommendations, but I'm going to throw my question out there. I'm looking for an entry level bike to ride long distances/brevets with. I'm not too crazy about drop bars, but I guess it's the best way to go. My budget is around $1,200. What bike should I be looking at. Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-06-07, 08:40 PM   #2
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Brevets? there is a type of bike designed specifically for them, the Randonneuring bike. Bruce Gordon entered one in a custom bike show in japan and won first place. You might want to check on the RUSA site as well as the UMCA site for details. More stable then a road racer but lighter then a touring bike. Rivendell also makes bikes for your needs.
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I would start with an old nice lugged steel bike(with eyelets) just a bit on the big side of a perfect fit. Use this to get an idea of what you like before spending more money. That's what I would do, I have no idea what you will do.
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I would start with an old nice lugged steel bike(with eyelets) just a bit on the big side of a perfect fit. Use this to get an idea of what you like before spending more money. That's what I would do, I have no idea what you will do.
+1

I did exactly this, then built up a Surly Cross check.

Looking at something light and fast next.
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