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    Best bike for $1500 or under?

    Looking to buy my first road bike. I have $1,500 saved for the bike itself. I'm thinking about getting the Trek 2.1. Any recommendations?

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    At that price point there are plenty of options.

    I would look at a carbon fiber frame with 105 components. Also consider the CAAD line of aluminum frames.

    Go to your local bike shop(s) and see what they have.

    ps that Trek has a triple. You will likely do better with a compact double. But it really depends on the type of riding you do, and the LBS should be able to help you out with that.

    pps make sure you have $150 put aside for road pedals and shoes
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    I have to say I really like my 2.1, was my favorite of the various ones I tried. The shop is also important though. Are the employees helpful and friendly? Not as easy to judge the mechanic, but that is important as well unless you're going to do your own work.

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    I haven't been to the local shop here yet. Apologize for being a noob but what is the difference between triple and compact dual? I will make sure to have the extra put to the side for pedals and shoes, thanks for the tip!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptJackSparrow View Post
    I haven't been to the local shop here yet. Apologize for being a noob but what is the difference between triple and compact dual? I will make sure to have the extra put to the side for pedals and shoes, thanks for the tip!
    Number of chainrings (gears) on the front crank.

    Unless you are out of shape or going up big mountains, you probably don't need a triple.
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    I'm in the market for a new bike at this price point also.

    I am considering this:
    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...heat_rival.htm

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    I would definately try to stick with aluminum with 1500 buckaroos because of the quality of components and frames with that much in carbon. C-dale has some great bikes in that range and the treks are also a quality bike. The only way you are going to know which one to get tho is to ride them.
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    In addition to the footwear you will also need a helmet and shorts. Figure another $100 minimum.

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    Another thing, if you post what area you will be shopping in somebody might be able to steer you to a good shop.

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    I have a Haro Trail Flight Comp bike right now and I'm putting 40 miles on it 3 times a week so I should be ok with 2 then. Thanks.

    What is the difference in shorts and wearing regular gym shorts or something similar?

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    I am in Columbus, GA. Atlanta is not far at all so it is a possibility if I need to make the travel.

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    Biking short have the chamois to soak up sweat. They also fit tight and move with you. On short rides you may not notice but on long rides these features will greatly reduce chaffing and saddle sores.

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    I can't say enough good about the GT GTR Series 2 I bought at Performance Bike... it was a SCREAMING bargain compared to the equiv Spec/trek/giant/etc... shoes, pedals, helmet, bike, shorts, shirt, bottle, cage and I was out the door for ~$1000... excellent bike and deal if you can find one locally... the series 1 steps up the components to Rival from Apex, otherwise identical bikes save paint and a couple hundy bucks... it is seriously worth a look at the very least for comparative purposes...

    of course get the one that fits you best, THAT is the best bike under 1500, the one that fits... none are going to be significantly better or worse than another... so get the one that you are actually going to ride...
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    alright, thanks for the info^. I have noticed a little chaffing on my last 48 miler

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptJackSparrow View Post
    What is the difference in shorts and wearing regular gym shorts or something similar?
    Don't skimp on shorts (you should really get bibs, which cost a little extra). You don't want discomfort in that area.

    I wouldn't obsess so much about the brand of bike. There are tons of good aluminum bikes around. Find the most knowledgeable shop in the area and buy from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonz50 View Post

    of course get the one that fits you best, THAT is the best bike under 1500, the one that fits... none are going to be significantly better or worse than another... so get the one that you are actually going to ride...
    +1 to the fit. Just like the shorts, the farther you go the more this matters. And if a salesman tries to sell you a 'screaming deal' on a floor model bike that's only available in one frame size that "should be just about right for you" then immediately go to a different store.

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    Anyone know of any great shops in the Atlanta area?

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    CAAD 10 5! That's what I got anyway. Love it. The 2011s will probably be at closeout prices soon if not already.

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    Litespeed M1 from CC

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    Quote Originally Posted by ********** View Post
    Litespeed M1 from CC

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    Yeah but then he has no money left for pedals/shoes/bib/jersey/helmet/saddle bag/mini pump/spare tubes (and probably a basic cyclocomputer). CSJ, I'd recommend you spend a day or two visiting the LBSs around Atlanta and check their inventory. You may found discounted bikes that the shops are looking to move before 2012 bikes arrive. $250 would probably be enough for the items you'll need beside the bike itself. For $1250, you should be able to get a decent bike with mid level components.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kissTheApex View Post
    For $1250, you should be able to get a decent bike with mid level components.
    one of the LBS's around here has trek 2.1's for 1150, all sizes in stock. just sayin, if a trek 2.1 is what floats your boat, and they have one in stock in your size, you could do a LOT worse...
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    abikemechanic has obviously not seen nor heard of the carbon Litespeed M1 with complete SRAM Rival group for $1,449. or the Fuji in same price range with
    Shimano 105. Or the Neuvation with Apex+great wheels for $1,500. All carbon frames all good parts. I just had delivered the Litespeed - a nice carbon frame great component group at $1,449 it's a steal.

    No way the OP or anyone else needs to settle for aluminum.

    Quote Originally Posted by abikemechanic View Post
    I would definately try to stick with aluminum with 1500 buckaroos because of the quality of components and frames with that much in carbon. C-dale has some great bikes in that range and the treks are also a quality bike. The only way you are going to know which one to get tho is to ride them.
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    Well actually, the shop I bought my bike from is clearing their stock of 2011 Scott Addict R2 w/ultegra 6700 for $1650 which I think is a great price, but it wouldn't be much of a use to the OP .

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    Quote Originally Posted by markwebb View Post
    No way the OP or anyone else needs to settle for aluminum.
    depends, its a personal preference or a budget thing... a nice AL frame is not necessarily 'settling', ya feel?? but I do tend to agree that once you are looking at $1500 AL bikes, might as well get carbon... but there are a lot of ways to get nice AL under the $1000 mark, especially this time of year... personally, if my $1500 budget was for bike only, the litespeed is a no brainer, and there are several other in that same ballpark... same shop I mentioned that has the 2.1's listed at 1150 also has the 3.1 at 1599 (really big shop in chicago area)...

    now, I'd caveat all this by saying, if his total budget is $1500 with all accessories (pedals, shoes, computer, cages, bottles, yadda yadda) then he needs to stick with something like the 2.1 or equiv...
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