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Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 03-03-13, 03:20 AM   #1
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Need Help Comparing two Cyclocross Bikes

Hey,
I am getting my first bike and I don't know too much about what is good in the biking world, so some help would be much appreciated. The two choices I have are the Gravity Liberty CDX for $499 on bikesdirect and I have someone willing to sell me a 2011 Marin Lombard for about $500 that is used.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...iberty_cxd.htm The Gravity

http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...e#.UTMVpDA-mms The Marin

Much thanks in advance!
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Old 03-03-13, 03:12 PM   #2
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I am getting my first bike and I don't know too much about what is good in the biking world,
Then, you should stay away from bikes direct , you need the help of the service department of a proper bike shop,
and that is skipped by warehouse to buyer outlets.

drop by a bike shop. then you get service after the sale.
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Old 03-03-13, 03:33 PM   #3
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Then, you should stay away from bikes direct , you need the help of the service department of a proper bike shop, and that is skipped by warehouse to buyer outlets. drop by a bike shop. then you get service after the sale.
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If this is your first bike, go to a local bike shop (LBS), particularly one recommended by friends who are bikers (if possible). Service and support are more important than you think. I used to keep my own bike up when I was a kid/teenager, but frankly, a bike that is truly worth it (and need not be terribly expensive) benefits from professional servicing.

Ask lots of questions, and judge how good the LBS's advice to you is - bring a knowledgeable friend along if you can. A good LBS will guide you to a great bike, and don't be surprised if you end up with something you never thought of but will serve you really well over many years.
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Just make sure that you choose the proper sized frame if you decide to buy on-line or used. Here's a SB guide that can help:

http://sheldonbrown.com/frame-sizing.html

You're also going to need to learn how to maintain your bike to some degree no matter where you buy it (this is especially true if you're going to use it for commuting). Relying solely on your LBS can become both expensive and time consuming in a hurry.

Here's a couple of links that will do much to get your started:

http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help

http://sheldonbrown.com/repair/index.html

Btw, any reputable bike shop should be more than happy to provide you with excellent service no matter where, or from who, you bought your bike from...
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I would find your size, then buy used with at least Shimano 105 components. You can get good deals this time of year.

Make sure you get the correct frame size, especially the top-tube dimension that fits. I recommend that you take your body measurements at these 2 free sites:

Wrench Science: https://www.wrenchscience.com/Login....%2fHeight.aspx
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Competitive Cyclist: http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za...LCULATOR_INTRO


Then look at the averages between what these 2 sites spit out for your measurements should be for a ROAD bike and subtract 1cm from the top-tube dimension for a cyclocross bike.

I love the Cannondale CAAD9 Cyclocross. I saw an older CAAD8 with Ultegra sell on eBay for $300 this weekend.

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Thanks a bunch to everyone for the replies. I went to my LBS and they measured what size I needed for a cyclocross (58cm). I can't afford one at my LBS though because the cheapest cyclocross they had was $990 and my price range is in the $500s. I have been looking on craigslist a lot for a good entry cyclocross. Is Ebay generally a good place to find used bikes?
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You'll have the same problem with eBay or craigslist that you'd have with BikesDirect. Namely, you're on your own and get no service.

A lot of people buy online and used with success. A lot of people also end up with bikes that don't work for them going that route. When you're new, having knowledgeable local support is really helpful.

Why don't you try going to your LBS and explaining your situation to them. Tell them you're going to buy a bike somewhere else, but you'd like some help from them. They won't give you free service, but they'll probably be willing to offer you something for a price. For instance, if you pay them to assemble and/or tune up whatever bike you get they might help you find the right bike (used or online). They've already helped you with sizing in good faith.

If you can't come to an arrangement, I'd suggest that you set a much lower budget and get something used. I'm suggesting you should effectively plan to buy a bike that isn't right for you. Get a used bike for $100-$200 and ride it for six months to a year. If you're lucky it will work reasonably well for you. If it doesn't, you'll have learned some things to look out for. Either way, you'll probably be able to re-sell it a year from now for close to what you pay today and you'll go into your next purchase as less of a newbie (and maybe with a little more money saved).
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You likely dont need a competition type Cyclocross Bike, If the need for the wheel type 700c 35wide,
those are also on Hybrid-Cross Bikes , and those are sold in Lower Price points.

In the EU, most bikes called 'Cross Bikes' are Hybriids.. MTB Bar& controlls, but narrower tire.
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If you Pay the Bike shop & they will put your bikes direct bargain together for you, and service it later ,
for a few more dollars, more each time.

But any Warrantee problems are between you and BD.. direct.
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That's true. Warranty support is one of the value-adds of an LBS.

Personally, I'd be willing to gamble on not having to send something back to BD. It would be a hassle, but they seem to be responsive in working with customers in this regard. I also usually don't buy extended warranties for appliances. I'd say it's a similar gamble.
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