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    Help me decide on a Road Bike!

    Hi,

    I'm a bike newbie with practically zilch know-how about bikes. I just am looking to buy an entry level road bike for under 400 USD. I'm looking for recommendations which can help me decide what bike I should buy. I have looked at these two bikes as of now and both seem good to me! Please let me know what you think and which one should I buy out of these!

    Save Up to 60% Off Steel Road Bikes - Motobecane Super Mirage
    Save Up to 60% Off Road Bikes, Roadbikes - Mercier Galaxy AL

    Thanks!

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    How do you know your size?
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
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    I'm not aware of my size either. However, I assumed that my size would not have much to do with the bike that I'm buying! I can go to a local shop later and then just order the bike that I decide on in my size. Please correct me if I'm wrong!

    Thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by axlr0se View Post
    Ah, as I said, I'm not aware of my size either. However, I assumed that my size would not have much to do with the bike that I'm buying! Please correct me if I'm wrong!

    Thank you!
    Like shoes...they need to fit.

    bikefit.jpg
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    Like shoes...they need to fit.

    bikefit.jpg
    I'm quite aware of that. My point was that I can decide on the bike model that I should buy and then just go to a local dealer to check my size out and then order it.

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    Visit some local bike shops to figure out your size...Then ask them how much they will charge to assemble the BD bike when it arrives.
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

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    It's frowned upon to use a local dealer for such a thing.. If they give you a service (like fitting you for a bike) then you should buy the bike from them..

    You don't have to as it's no law but.............................

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    Visit some local bike shops to figure out your size...Then ask them how much they will charge to assemble the BD bike when it arrives.
    I study in a university. I can pay students to assemble my bike for me for way cheaper. I just need to know which bike to buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raqball View Post
    It's frowned upon to use a local dealer for such a thing.. If they give you a service (like fitting you for a bike) then you should buy the bike from them..

    You don't have to as it's no law but.............................
    I understand that! How else am I to know my size though? Also, to come to think about it, I'd be getting my bike tuned and serviced from that shop. So, it's not that much of bad karma.

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    If you have a really good bike shop then just go in and talk to them.. Chances are they might be able to match the online price with something from their inventory. Maybe they have last years model they can heavily discount. Some bike shops sell used bike and maybe they have a mint condition bike that fits you..

    If not, explain your plan in advance and be honest with them. They might charge you for a fit or they might just do a quick and easy one for free..

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    Quote Originally Posted by raqball View Post
    If you have a really good bike shop then just go in and talk to them.. Chances are they might be able to match the online price with something from their inventory. Maybe they have last years model they can heavily discount. Some bike shops sell used bike and maybe they have a mint condition bike that fits you..

    If not, explain your plan in advance and be honest with them. They might charge you for a fit or they might just do a quick and easy one for free..
    Hm, that does sound fine. To be honest, I don't mind paying if they fit me really well. However, the bike shops, from what I feel, are not really good ones and I've heard they're overpriced. So, I was just looking at ordering something online. Do you have any recommendations? Or what do you feel about the two bikes that I linked?

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    no way to know your size 100% without getting a fit. The best that can be done is a ballpark idea based on measurements. How tall are you? Do you have long legs and a short torso? Long arms?

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    Quote Originally Posted by seymour1910 View Post
    no way to know your size 100% without getting a fit. The best that can be done is a ballpark idea based on measurements. How tall are you? Do you have long legs and a short torso? Long arms?
    I'm 5'11. I'm fairly normal. I have normal arms, legs and torso. I can try get a measurement done tomorrow. Is it that essential to get a measurement done and know the size of bike that you want before I decide which bike I want to buy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by axlr0se View Post
    Is it that essential to get a measurement done and know the size of bike that you want
    Yes.... Very, very, very important..

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    Quote Originally Posted by raqball View Post
    Yes.... Very, very, very important..
    I was oblivious to that! I'll try and get a fit done tomorrow and update this thread! Thanks for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by axlr0se View Post
    I understand that! How else am I to know my size though? Also, to come to think about it, I'd be getting my bike tuned and serviced from that shop. So, it's not that much of bad karma.
    if you're not able to size, assemble and service it yourself, all the more reason to buy from a local bike shop. I understand price is an issue, but you also need to factor in that many LBS's also include free servicing for a couple years when you buy from them. Conversely, don't be surprised if they're less willing to help or you end up paying more than you might need to if you use them for advice and sizing, then buy online.

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    One LBS may conduct the "fit" process, differently from another. One bike shop may charge a hundred bucks for a "fit", while another charges fifty. Another LBS may not charge for fitting at all, provided that you purchase from them. I've seen many bike shops that have absolutely no clue as to what a professional fitting actually entails.

    I think your best bet would be to purchase thru www.performancebike.com. This way, your order will be placed online, you can confer with customer service about the correct size bike for your physical dimensions. The bike will then be shipped to the nearest brick & mortar Performance bike shop, where you then will pick it up. If after your test ride, you find that it doesn't "fit", you can refuse delivery and order the correct size bike at that point, without being charged a "return shipping fee", like you would most likely be charged with Bikesdirect or Nashbar.

    * Most universities are bicycle theft magnets. If I were you, and I didn't have any hellacious hills to climb, I'd just settle for an inexpensive single speed to cut my losses. Performance has single speeds for $300.

    Get a single speed, NOT a fixie! Buy it, spray paint it to make it look like yours only, and own it!
    Make certain that you get a large U-Lock for security.
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    If you're 5'11", you can be fairly certain that you will need a 56 or 58 cm frame. Of course, frame can be somewhat different across makes, so it's hard to know for certain. Top tube length is ultimately more important and fortunately BD offers measurements for all of their bikes.

    If you have time, read this.

    As for the models, I personally like the look of the Super Mirage more though the componentry isn't too different in quality. Also, the Super Mirage comes with cross top levers, which is a difference worth noting. Whether you actually want them or not is down to preference.

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    beyond your size, you'll want to figure out how you plan to ride and how flexible you are.

    For instance, if you're 29 years old and reasonably flexible, the Mirage model with it's horizontal top-tube will be okay as you will be fine with the more leaned-over positioning (note the relationship of the height of the bars to the seat.) If, however, you're in your late 40s and not very flexible and/or are planning to go very long distances, you might be more comfortable with the sloping top-tube of the Galaxy model. Both have their plusses and minuses.

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    Hi,

    Sorry for the delay. I went through some bikes at some local shops and used a few bike size calculators online and I concluded that a 54cm would fit me well. I'm a 25 year old athletic man.

    Assuming the above information, do you guys have any recommendations for road bikes under 500$?

    Thanks!

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    I'm 5'11 and I fit a 54cm road bike nicely. A lot of people 5'11 fit a 58cm. If I road a 58 it would be wayyyy too big for me. There is not one size fits all bike
    http://www.pedalroom.com/members/rms13

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    support your local business...

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    Quote Originally Posted by calgarc View Post
    support your local business...
    To be honest, I really don't know why I should pay 800$ for a bike when I can get a better one for 400. Bike shops here are grossly overpriced. That's the only reason I'm looking for suggestions on here.

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    its an econmy thing. i go to local shops for everything from musical gear to bikes to food. i get treated like a human not a username/numver I just prefer the service. also i am sure you can find great bikes at various LBS for 400 bucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calgarc View Post
    its an econmy thing. i go to local shops for everything from musical gear to bikes to food. i get treated like a human not a username/numver I just prefer the service. also i am sure you can find great bikes at various LBS for 400 bucks.
    I just came back from a dealer today and there wasn't even a single half-decent road bike for 400$. All I'd have got was single speed steel frame bikes.

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