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Old 04-26-03, 12:05 PM
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To get back to the original question - you should buy on-line. You will get twice the bike on-line as you can at a bike shop. Better bikes and equipment are very good and last years, except for aluminum (just kidding all you aluminum riders). You can get a great late 80's - early 90's bike fitted with higher end Campy or Shimano gear for $500-800. Base on the description of your riding you will be extremely well served by same.

Don't be shy about getting a quick sizing at your LBS. As several have stated above, you will use them for other parts and service. And they will be pleased to have your business. Mine is and I've have never purchased a bike from them. But they liked selling me a $100 CK headset and charging me $80 to move the gruppo from my old bike to my new one (both purchased off of eBay). And I was happy to pay them. And will do so in the future. Enjoy!
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