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    SW Houston Shops / Bike Suggestions

    So, I will be looking for and hopefully buying my first real road bike this week. Due to my budget, I've been looking at several used bikes, and I still may consider them, but I would like to also get the best feel for what my options for a new bike are. I've heard of some shops custom building bikes according to your budget. Does anyone know of and / or recommend a shop that does this in the Houston area? Preferably, Southwest Houston, Sugar Land area. My budget is flexible up to about $1k, but that includes helmet, clothing, and accessories also and I know those costs can add up really fast. I've been looking a lot at the Specialized Allez and Secteur and the Cannondale CAAD8 for a starter bike, but I'm also open to other suggestions. Just keep the budget in mind. Again, for now, I will primarily be riding for fitness with hopes I will really enjoy the sport and get more serious about it later on. This is why I don't want to blow my 401k on a bike as of yet.

    I'm considering checking out Houston Cycle Centres on Braeswood tomorrow on my way home from work, any other good shops nearby you can think of that may be a better time investment?

    Thanks in advance!
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    There is also Planetary Cycles next to Lowes on 610 and Beechnut.

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    I do not know of any store that will custom build your bike in that budget range...
    The bikes you mentioned are good bikes...but two different geometries...one is a race and one is a endurance frame. Ride them and see which feels best to you.
    I am not a fan of performance bikes store service, but they do have good prices on Fuji bikes and those are some good bikes. This weekend they are having a pretty good sale going on... the best deals are on high end bikes, but they have a couple of entry level bikes on sale as well... so if you are out shopping you might want to swing by performance bike at 7549 Westheimer...

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    Obed7, thanks a lot! Performance is having a great sale! I went by there today after looking at a couple of used Specialized bikes. I looked at the Fuji Sportif and Roubaix and rode both of them. I actually decided on the Roubaix 1.0. It just felt right. Just gotta wait until Saturday, when the sale is going on to go buy it. The membership points (store credit) I'll get when I buy the bike will cover quite a bit of gear also. Thanks again man, your recommendation saved me quite a bit of money.

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    Glad it worked out for you. If you like Fuji and Ridley, they have the best prices you are going to find in the Houston area. The bike you picked is IMO a great starter bike. Just "felt" right is the way to go, you will ride a bike you enjoy riding.

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    did you get your bike picked up?

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    I did. We actually ended up getting my wife one as well. I took it for a spin around the neighborhood, but the front dérailleur needs some adjustment. It won't shift to the outer cog. I've read a few how-to's and watched couple of videos, and I think I can figure out how to get it adjusted. If not, I guess I'll have to take it in again. Otherwise, I really like the bike. Can't wait to put some miles on it and get in better shape.

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    try the barrel adjuster, 1/4 turn at a time....not a big fan of the performance bike mechanical service, but on fuji and ridley they have the best prices in town....for service you might want to check out an lbs closer to your home. Use utube videos for reference and it will be no time before you can do all your basic stuff yourself.

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    Yeah, I was thinking that myself. It's a good place to buy stuff due to their prices, sales, and lifetime guarantee on pretty much everything, but they have too many bikes to work on at one time to perform consistent quality service. However, I've met amazing spoke with several employees there over the past few days, and they are all very nice and helpful. As for an LBS to regular, guess I'll just have to find one through trial and error. Guess I'll start closest to me, and work my way out. Didn't realize there were so many shops.

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    Well, that was easy!... I took my bike to Society Cycle Works off University in Sugar Land. They were great! Everyone was friendly, but no B.S. either. They tell it like it is. They were somewhat busy, but as soon as I walked in I was helped and they took my bike behind the counter. Did an express tune-up, and found all kinds of assembly/adjustment errors. Nothing serious, but could turn serious if left unchecked. Got my bike ready for some mileage. Matter of fact, just got done with my first serious 5 mile ride; felt good to finally get out there. It's definitely no easier than running, but it sure as hell doesn't hurt as much. I'll stick to using Performance for clothing and accessories only from now on.

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    sounds good....it does not get easier, you just get faster. (somebody said that, I forget who)

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    Congrats on your purchase and for finding Society. There's also Sugar Cycles in Sugarland and Handlebar Cyclery is pretty close to you too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdinotx View Post
    Well, that was easy!... I took my bike to Society Cycle Works off University in Sugar Land. They were great! Everyone was friendly, but no B.S. either. They tell it like it is. They were somewhat busy, but as soon as I walked in I was helped and they took my bike behind the counter. Did an express tune-up, and found all kinds of assembly/adjustment errors. Nothing serious, but could turn serious if left unchecked. Got my bike ready for some mileage. Matter of fact, just got done with my first serious 5 mile ride; felt good to finally get out there. It's definitely no easier than running, but it sure as hell doesn't hurt as much. I'll stick to using Performance for clothing and accessories only from now on.
    got your first couple hundred miles in yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by obed7 View Post
    got your first couple hundred miles in yet?
    Ha! Nah, not with all the rain. I did get in 15 yesterday after work though. Definitely going to have to build up. Shouldn't be too bad though. I plan on riding everyday that I possibly can. I definitely think I'm going to enjoy this; plus all the money I spent to get started will serve as motivation to get out there and ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdinotx View Post
    Ha! Nah, not with all the rain. I did get in 15 yesterday after work though. Definitely going to have to build up. Shouldn't be too bad though. I plan on riding everyday that I possibly can. I definitely think I'm going to enjoy this; plus all the money I spent to get started will serve as motivation to get out there and ride.
    I understand, I have been getting more time on the rollers than the bike lately...
    as to the money, just think of it as money you will not be giving the doctor... a health benefit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdinotx View Post
    Ha! Nah, not with all the rain. I did get in 15 yesterday after work though. Definitely going to have to build up. Shouldn't be too bad though. I plan on riding everyday that I possibly can. I definitely think I'm going to enjoy this; plus all the money I spent to get started will serve as motivation to get out there and ride.
    Another good motivation is Strava. If you don't have the app and record your ride then you may want to give it a shot. It really makes me watch my numbers and set mental goals. Plus the segments are cool. I wasn't going to ride yesterday until I saw that my cousin did. So at about 930 I got my lazy butt off the couch and went out for 10 miles lol.
    https://www.strava.com/athletes/2766397

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    Quote Originally Posted by 68venable View Post
    Another good motivation is Strava. If you don't have the app and record your ride then you may want to give it a shot. It really makes me watch my numbers and set mental goals. Plus the segments are cool. I wasn't going to ride yesterday until I saw that my cousin did. So at about 930 I got my lazy butt off the couch and went out for 10 miles lol.
    Yeah, I got it. I got map my ride too. Just haven't used them yet. Maybe I'll try it this evening if I can get a ride in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdinotx View Post
    Yeah, I got it. I got map my ride too. Just haven't used them yet. Maybe I'll try it this evening if I can get a ride in.
    Be sure to add me so I can watch lol. My strava info is in my signature.
    https://www.strava.com/athletes/2766397

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    Society Cycle Works has great service and some nice bikes! Which routes have you been riding in Rosenberg?

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    I've been sticking pretty close to home for now as I collect all my gear and get use to the bike. I'm pretty much all set now. I'm pretty comfortable on the bike now, but I think it could be a little better. Thinking about going in and getting a pro bike fit done.

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    Did you get a basic fit when you bought it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 68venable View Post
    Did you get a basic fit when you bought it?
    no, I got shoes and pedals now so I'm going to take it in and get fit. Thinking about going somewhere closer though. Although it will be free at Performance.

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    Lol. Dad always told me, "...nothin free in this world. You already paid for it and they never told you..."

    Youre on the right track though. Mine needs some love. Its making crazy noises.

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    let us know how the free fit works out for you.

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