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    Buy my first road bike

    Hello everyone. I've never ridden a road bike but i've always wanted to own one. And now i wanna buy my first road bike and i need advice. I am lost between three options. 1. The specialized Allez. 2. The Giant Defy and 3. The Merlin FF1 Tiagra which is an online purchase from merlincycles and here's the link: https://www.merlincycles.com/merlin-...ike-84208.html
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    Road bike riding is all about having the proper size bike.

    Visit your local bike shops and get your size scoped out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    Road bike riding is all about having the proper size bike.

    Visit your local bike shops and get your size scoped out.
    What 10 Wheels said. I'd only consider the Defy or Allez. Both are solid bikes backed by very good manufacturers. There's a perception that when you buy on-line you get a great bargain. For someone who can assemble and tune a bike, there's some truth to this. For someone who is new and will probably have to take it to a bike shop, the same shop that might be selling the Allez or the Defy, there's not much savings at all as an assembly and/or tune up costs could negate much of the savings. In addition, the shop will take the time to fit you to the bike, on-line can't do that. The shop will provide a free tune up after 30 days, that will be much needed by any bike, regardless of brand, on-line won't do that and it will be an additional cost if you buy on line.
    Some will disagree, but in my opinion, the design of either the Defy or the Allez is superior to a generic bike like the Merlin. I'm not saying the Merlin is defective, but there are hidden costs you may not be considering that are necessary for complete enjoyment of a roadbike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roccobike View Post
    What 10 Wheels said. I'd only consider the Defy or Allez. Both are solid bikes backed by very good manufacturers. There's a perception that when you buy on-line you get a great bargain. For someone who can assemble and tune a bike, there's some truth to this.

    For someone who is new and will probably have to take it to a bike shop, the same shop that might be selling the Allez or the Defy, there's not much savings at all as an assembly and/or tune up costs could negate much of the savings. In addition, the shop will take the time to fit you to the bike, on-line can't do that. The shop will provide a free tune up after 30 days, that will be much needed by any bike, regardless of brand, on-line won't do that and it will be an additional cost if you buy on line.

    Some will disagree, but in my opinion, the design of either the Defy or the Allez is superior to a generic bike like the Merlin. I'm not saying the Merlin is defective, but there are hidden costs you may not be considering that are necessary for complete enjoyment of a roadbike.
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    And specific brands and models might be "better" on paper, but actually test riding some bikes and seeing what suits you is much more important. None of the available bikes are bad, or they wouldn't be in business.
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    Thabk you guys so much. Those replies were really helpful. Now I've just put a big X on the online purchase option. I was already worried about the fitting thing. Now i just have to find a good bike shop to buy the bicycle from. I'm in Dortmund, Germany and i just got here so i still don't know many places. Thank you very much

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsubaki13 View Post
    Thabk you guys so much. Those replies were really helpful. Now I've just put a big X on the online purchase option. I was already worried about the fitting thing. Now i just have to find a good bike shop to buy the bicycle from. I'm in Dortmund, Germany and i just got here so i still don't know many places. Thank you very much
    Put Dortmund, Germany in your profile location, and down the road another poster may see it and have good information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsubaki13 View Post
    Thabk you guys so much. Those replies were really helpful. Now I've just put a big X on the online purchase option. I was already worried about the fitting thing. Now i just have to find a good bike shop to buy the bicycle from. I'm in Dortmund, Germany and i just got here so i still don't know many places. Thank you very much
    I would lover to tell you to look at the Canyons since you are in Germany but they are still mail order only. The other posters gave great advice about that. Buying on line can be great if you are familar with sizing and etc. For your first bike, I would definitely buy it in a local store. With road bikes you have to make sure that you have the proper size and get fitted. This will ensure that you have the best opportunity to have a great experience. The wrong size bike never works out well, regardless of how good of a deal it was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsubaki13 View Post
    I'm in Dortmund, Germany
    Looks like there are quite a few options: https://www.google.com/maps/search/b...,7.4220783,11z
    https://www.strava.com/athletes/2852537

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    Smart move. You're LBS is your friend. Make sure and consider the shop itself during your purchase. Many have seminars, group rides and will focus on different types of riding. Find a LBS you love and buy a bike you like the looks of and that fits you from them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tsubaki13 View Post
    Thabk you guys so much. Those replies were really helpful. Now I've just put a big X on the online purchase option. I was already worried about the fitting thing. Now i just have to find a good bike shop to buy the bicycle from. I'm in Dortmund, Germany and i just got here so i still don't know many places. Thank you very much

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    So nice, thanks everyone.. I actually wasn't expecting that much help haha.. Really thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99Klein View Post
    You're LBS is your friend.
    What's LBS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsubaki13 View Post
    What's LBS?
    Local bike shop.

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    Ah okay.. Thank you haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsubaki13 View Post
    So nice, thanks everyone.. I actually wasn't expecting that much help haha.. Really thank you
    You got lucky and we're all in a good mood.
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