Old 08-02-12, 08:42 AM
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I happen to ride with a group of retired gentlemen on Thursdays.

Former professionals, they have the means to buy whatever they'd like.

....and they ride some beauties, that's for sure.

One of them asked for a little help finding a sport bike for his brother.

I went with him to a local shop of his choice.

He was aggressively sold a $2,500 Trek.

Actually, I advised him to take a night to think about it.

I knew of another friend selling a very nice blue Match built Paramount in great condition.

With 9 speed Campy no less and his size preference!

He ended up with the Paramount, a lightly used pair of Sidis, and new pedals for less than $800.

So, the point is, spend whatever you are comfortable with, but you don't have to break the bank to get a great bicycle.

Btw His Paramount may have been built by a local builder Curt Goodrich.

We are going to take it over to Curt's shop and have him take a look see.
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