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    First Time Prosumer Advice?

    Hi everyone!
    I've been biking for my entire life. I've always loved it but its only been in the last few years that I've started to take it seriously. I currently have a 1989 Schwinn World Sport which has been amazing considering that its almost 30 years old and phones hardly feel new after a year. I love it, but the more seriously I take my biking the more obvious it is that its time to upgrade.
    I'm totally comfortable working with complex parts and working on my bike but I haven't ever done this before so I was hoping for a little bit of purchasing advice as well as some thoughts on what I should expect and other things like how often should I have my bike tuned up and other basic maintenance.
    I'm looking to spend less than three grand. I bike purely on paved trials so I'm basically just looking for speed and acceleration. On average, I bike 50 miles a day, five days a week.
    I was looking at some frames like the KHS Flite 750, the Felt F5, or the Fujo Sportif 1.1 but I'm really not sure what to look for in wheels or handles and I'm not totally sure what else I should expect to buy.
    Any thoughts or advice is totally welcome!

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    Go find a couple of bike shops and ride a few bikes. Get the bike that fits your body and budget, and that makes you want to ride it. There is something to be said for looking at a bike and thinking it looks good. If you want to ride in the rain ( I see you are in Seattle) look for a bike that will take fenders. For your budget of $3k max there are numerous posibilities for great bikes. Keep in mind where you buy from too. It can be said that when you buy a bike you also buy a bike shop. Many shops will offer free basic fittings or tune ups, so be sure to ask.

    My personal favorite bike shop in the greater Seattle area is Snohomish Bicycles. A little north of Seattle, but a great shop, FWIW.

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    What's a "prosumer"?

    Opposite of consumer?

    Some who is for Sumer? (Go Sumer!!)


    ???
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    Quote Originally Posted by delcrossv View Post
    What's a "prosumer"?

    Opposite of consumer?

    Some who is for Sumer? (Go Sumer!!)


    ???
    Someone with just enough knowledge to make them dangerous.
    I hear it more when talking about photographers. Canon and Nikon and Professional lines and Consumer Lines. The Prosumer falls in between.
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    Quote Originally Posted by linnefaulk View Post
    Someone with just enough knowledge to make them dangerous.
    I hear it more when talking about photographers. Canon and Nikon and Professional lines and Consumer Lines. The Prosumer falls in between.
    Aaah, Thinks they're a Pro, but really a Con.

    Lightning P-38 / M5 M-Racer/Ryan Vanguard

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    He wants Pro level gear but is just a regular schlub. Proto-Fred?

    DSLR camera market sells them stuff to take snapshots and their Money..

    Carbon Road bike .. a replica of the stuff the Pro's ride , but sold to the consumer ... its what the Bike Biz Is all about, in that sector.

    Most brands will have one if theyare serious about the middle range and upward..
    Last edited by fietsbob; 08-19-14 at 12:20 PM.

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    You know I ignored this thread when it was first posted due to the use of the word prosumer. I am no English major but it is not a proper word.

    I was at a professional development talk by a neuropsyc Ph.D. who used the word prosequence; he lost credibility in my books. At an education program talk the word polylogue was used in place of dialogue. I love being a teacher, but parts of becoming a teacher were not so enjoyable.

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    A lot of good frames/bikes in that range. I ride a Specialized Roubaix and love the geometry and the way it handles rough roads.

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    Carbon is my pref. (Light and stiff)
    Ultegra groupset

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    Hey again-
    First off, thank you all for your responses. I can appriciate the criticism of the term "prosumer". In heindseight, it was a pretty silly way to phrase what I was trying to get across. If anyone is still curious about my intentions in using it, I was simply referring to the price range between mid-grade and professional. In other words, I'm willing to spend a good amount of money but, at the end of the day, I'm still just joy riding. I don't need anything that will win me a race, just the best I can buy for day to day use.

    As far as my frame goes, I'm still keeping an eye out and doing some research but I put any purchases on hold. For now, I'm having the paint job on my old frame restored and I'm upgrading other parts. It is an extremely heavy frame though so I'm very excited to get something lighter in the future.

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    try different price points at the local LBS and see what you like.
    Last edited by Duo; 10-14-14 at 05:12 PM.

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    If you're enjoying your 30-year-old bike enough to ride 250 miles a week, consider getting a new bike with the same geometry. It's obviously working for you.

    Prosumer is a useful word, don't apologize for using it.

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    You might want to check out the C&V (Classic & Vintage) forum here. Good stuff- usually w/o the new bike price tag. For joy riding, vintage steel (especially the better stuff) is a really nice ride.
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