I have 400 dollars to spend and I was really looking towards buying a Mercier kilo tt but is there anything better and cheaper? Also if i get a Kilo tt should I change anything on it? It seems like a great bike from everything I read about it on this site. PLEASE HELP AND PLEASE REPLY
Well, you have $400 so that leaves you with $40 left over.
Not much you can really do in terms of switching something out, I say go for a new cog to accommodate your riding style/where you ride (give the stock ratio a little time before deciding if you need a new one or not), and then save up the rest for a new seat and some pedals.
Two choices, go to an LBS and get a bike that is on closeout. Or, go here: http://www.bikesdirect.com/ The first page as sales, then click on the tabs and browse. Just make sure if you order by mail you know your inseam, jam a book against your crotch then measure from the top of the book to the floor, do this 3 times to make sure you have it right.
And for christ's sake, figure out what's going to fit BEFORE you buy it.
Agreed! Currently using a 70mm stem with my bullhorns and only about 4 inches of my seatpost is showing (with fender on, no space for my tail light bracket), and I feel like I could've done a little better if I had chosen a 50cm frame over a 53cm frame. >_> (5'11", 31.5" inseam, evidently I have a short torso because I feel stretched when I ride the horns)