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Old 05-31-12, 01:27 AM
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Shimano doesn't mean much. It's just a brand. There's extremely low and high end stuff from them. Wiki Shimano and you'll see their groups ranked in a hierarchy, but even a Tiagra or Sora component group will serve you well if you maintain it. Also, most important thing is that it fits. Honestly, between CL and Bikesdirect, I'd rather go with BD...even if I have to spend an extra $100. I think $400 on BD can get you something decent. I've bought a few bikes off CL and they always have hidden problems that really don't appear until 2 weeks after the fact. I'd rather just buy new and cheap, factory direct. Bikes are a long term purchase. I'd hold off on pulling the trigger and do a bit of research. Give it two weeks. Stick around here and keep asking questions. You'll learn a lot.

Also, it's road bike as in I rode my road bike yesterday. Rode is the irregular past tense of ride.
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