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Old 12-23-06, 08:29 PM
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Look in the Road Cycling section at the sticky at the top on 'Under $700 bikes'. MAny of these bikes may not be available in Australia, but it will give you a good idea of what to look for. You will need a floor pump to keep the thin tires at the necessary pressure. Spandex shorts are the most most important piece of clothing for comfort - jerseys can wait till later. If you are going to fit those pedals you will need special road shoes with cleats, but it might be best to fit platform pedals at first and delay spending the money on the shoes until you are used to the handling of the bike. Gloves are greatly appreciated when you fall off the bike, as they can save the skin on the palms. Look under the regional forums for the Australian section, you can get lots of help from people who know the conditions down under. Good luck.
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