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Old 04-16-13, 05:15 AM   #76
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Update 04/16/2013 - found some bikes on craigslist. I am in Zimbabwe for work until the 26th so if they're still for sale when I return I will check them out in person. But I appreciate opinions on the bikes based on the ad.

Carbon:

Fuji Altamira 3.0 2011 ($1100) (It's my size, too!)

Blue WRD 1.1 2012(?) ($1500) (The shoes won't fit me but it comes with the pedals, helmet, and odometer)

2010 Giant Avail Advanced 2 Women's Road Bike ($1100)

Giant TCR W (unknown year) ($1000) - This one was posted a while back and apparently didn't sell since it's back up. It might be a little small for me.
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OK, so this post will be my search inventory. I'm going to posts bikes I find that I'm interested in. When I get back from Zimbabwe I will see if I can ride as many of them as possible. If any are from CC or BD I will see if they're still available. This way any 5'4" lady looking to get a road bike for the first time can see what I found, what I liked, what I didn't like, and what I ended up with and why.

So, here goes. I'll make frame material categories just because it seems easier. It's possible there will be no steel options. Also, some of these are actually above the $1300 limit I have set. It's possible I will have the dough to buy up to $1700 but I think that would be the optimistic max. Nothing higher will be included.

Titanium:

2013 Motobecane Le Champion Ti Heat SRAM Rival ($1700) (actually, when you put this one in the cart it's $1500)


Carbon:


2012 Ridley Asteria / Shimano Ultegra/105 Complete Bike ($1650)

2012 Ridley Excaliber / SRAM Rival Complete Bike ($1700)

2012 Ridley Asteria / Shimano Tiagra Complete Bike ($1300)

Diamondback Podium Race Carbon Bike '12 ($1300)


Diamondback Airén 4 WMN'S Road Bike 2013 ($1500) (I'm not a huge fan of women specific bikes but I'll put it anyway)




Aluminum:


2012 BMC Streetracer SR01 / Shimano 105 complete bike ($1150)


Steel:


I will update this when I find other bikes I'm interested in. Always happy to take suggestions. Always happy to have someone tell me one of the bikes I posted isn't in line with what I said I wanted...after all, I still don't know what a lot of things are about bikes.
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Old 04-16-13, 06:13 AM   #77
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OK, sorry, found some on JensonUSA and Performance to post:

Steel:

Breezer Venturi 2012 ($1700)

Carbon:

Rocky Mountain Solo 90 RSL 2012 ($1600)

Rocky Mountain Solo 70 CR 2012 ($1150)

Focus Cayo 3.0 2012 ($1500)

Diamondback Podium 5 2012 ($1400)



Aluminum:

Focus Culebro SL 2.0 2013 ($1650)


Fuji Roubaix 1.0 ($1300)



This is it. I won't post anymore because I have already posted a bunch.

But, please, if you have opinions about any of these I'd appreciate hearing them.



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Update 04/16/2013 - found some bikes on craigslist. I am in Zimbabwe for work until the 26th so if they're still for sale when I return I will check them out in person. But I appreciate opinions on the bikes based on the ad.

Carbon:

Fuji Altamira 3.0 2011 ($1100) (It's my size, too!)

Blue WRD 1.1 2012(?) ($1500) (The shoes won't fit me but it comes with the pedals, helmet, and odometer)

2010 Giant Avail Advanced 2 Women's Road Bike ($1100)

Giant TCR W (unknown year) ($1000) - This one was posted a while back and apparently didn't sell since it's back up. It might be a little small for me.
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