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Old 07-15-08, 08:32 PM   #1
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Interested in starting to road cycle...

I live in Orange County, very interested in purchasing a road bike and getting into the riding scene. I'm in very good shape (6'1", 170, 4.5% body fat), but I don't know much about bike fit or anything else for that matter. Just looking for some good advice. I was planning on checking out some shops (the only one I know is Performance), so if you know any good shops, that would be helpful too. Thank you very much for the help!
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Old 07-15-08, 08:49 PM   #2
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OC is big. Where exactly do you live? Most here will suggest Rock N Road (multiple locations in OC) and Surf City in HB. Jax is also pretty good too. Any decent bike shop will be able to give you the basic intro speech.
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Old 07-15-08, 09:20 PM   #3
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I live in Newport Beach
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Old 07-15-08, 09:22 PM   #4
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Surf City Cyclery in HB, but of course, it you have 4.5%BF I don't want to ride with you.
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Old 07-15-08, 09:54 PM   #5
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You sound dreamy.
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Old 07-16-08, 02:50 PM   #6
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Best thing to do is check out some cycling forums and see all the chat and discussion about bike fit and type and styles of bikes. Bike fit, especially for someone your size is going to be essential. It is a real art and science and doesn't just involve standing over your bike.

Know how much money you want to spend and then have a bike in mind before going into a shop. Don't waste the shop's time if you aren't interested in what they have to offer. Try and establish a relationship and the shop will take care of you.

Many shops now only carry one or two brands of bikes (such as Specialized, Trek etc) so it makes it much harder for you to get to know all the brands out there. Everyone has a favorite.

Some places for you to check out: Surf City is OK, also try the Edge in Lake Forest, Laguna Cyclery in Laguna Beach and Rock 'n Road in Aliso Viejo or Irvine. King's Cycle in Seal Beach generally has some different bikes. With your size are you thinking of doing trialthlons - if so I would difinitely check out the Edge which specializes in tri bikes and other equipment.

And think about buying used especially if just getting into the sport and you don't know yet if you have the passion. Craig's list is a good place to check.

Once you get a bike and do alittle riding check out some of the local road clubs like Bicycle Club Of Irvine, Orange County Wheelman or OC Rebels. The Rebels and BCI are generally more "newbie" friendly. People generally start there and then move on.

Private docent led mountain bike rides through Limestone Canyon. Go to and register today! Also available: hikes, equestrian rides and family events as well as trail maintenance and science study.
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