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Old 08-20-12, 06:55 AM   #1
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Help selecting a bike! Newbie!

Hi I've decided to buy a road bike as a form of exercise around the countryside (sick of running!)

I've found these two bikes in budget, but know nothing about bikes, so could someone tell me if any is best or the pros and cons of each?

And secondly I'm 6ft3, what does this mean for the size of the bike I should buy, I assume bigger?

http://www.rutlandcycling.com/34694/...Road-Bike.html

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vittesse-Spr...5466488&sr=1-1

Thanks a lot!
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Old 08-20-12, 10:01 AM   #2
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Both of them are low end road bikes. The Vitesse looks very similar to a department store bike sold here in the US called a GMC Denali, which is not well regarded. It has gripshifters next to the stem and both wheels are nutted.

The Viking appears to be a slightly better model. It also has shifters next to the stem, but of a different kind that is more of a rocker lever. It also has a quick release front wheel, which is a huge convenience. Quick releases on both wheels are preferable, however. You'll appreciate that the first time you have a flat while out riding, or want to transport the bike in a vehicle.

At 6'3" you will be looking for a fairly tall frame, I'm not sure how tall, as I am 5'7" and ride a fairly short frame.
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Old 08-21-12, 02:05 PM   #3
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I would strongly suggest visiting a bike shop near you. They will be able to properly fit you on your bike and assemble it.
Purchasing a bike online may be cheaper, but the bikes you are looking at are pretty poor quality and will suffer from being poorly assembled. In addition, you will most certainly buy a bike that is too small, resulting in discomfort and possibly injury over the long term, especially as you say you are riding for exercise I assume you'll be riding often.
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