NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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First things first, regardless of what kind of deal you get, make sure you like the way the bike rides.
As a newbie, I suggest you test ride as many different bikes and each bike many times as possible. I know this takes time, and you just want to get one and start riding, but test ride them both and buy the one you're more comfortable on. If you buy the "better deal" bike and aren't comfortable, you won't ride it as much and it'll end up collecting dust in the garage! Then you've just pissed away another $269.00!!!!!!!
BTW, at that price, they're both good deals. The lifetime service is a good deal on top! That's about a $25 - 30 value everytime you bring your bike in. However, don't go crazy on that bike. That service agreement is for regular tune-ups. If you go jumping your bike off a 10'0" drop and destroy the wheels (and everything else) don't expect them to rebuild your bike for free. That service is for basic tune-ups. Adjusting the brakes, shifters, lightly truing wheels, maybe even lubing your chain. Does NOT include new tires and tubes, new parts that broke through abuse..etc.
Just a heads up. Ride both bikes (and others) and buy the most comfy even if it costs you an extra couple of bucks!
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
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