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hi all! new rider! help please??

Old 06-16-09, 10:26 PM
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hi all! new rider! help please??

hi everyone! i found this forum in all my 'research' trying to figure out what the heck to look for in a good bike to train for the little 500 race at indiana university (as well as multiple races throughout the year with my new team) and was hoping someone might be able to help me out? =) i'm a 5'7" 20 yr old girl if that's relevant or helpful in your helping me but i was just hoping for some sort of guidance as far as looking for a good bike to train on. i recognize there's a LOT to choose from and a lot of it is preference but my garage sale unfitted bike isn't doing it for my back. i'm really attracted to bianchi's for some reason but my price range is fairly low, looking at a possible combined birthday xmas present with some of my own cash thrown in so anything around or under 1200 is prefereable. thanks for reading this guys and for any help you can throw my way! i've been searching craigslist and ebay too so if you find any gems that would sneak past a veryyy new rider i'd really appreciate it. thanks again! -meghan
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I would start out looking at the offerings at the lbs. If you buy from them, at least you know what you are getting before you shell out the cash, plus you'll have them as a resource should any issues with the bike arise.
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I would look for a bike with drop bars, and for $1200, would look for Shimano 105 10 speed components.That's for a brand new bike. Check out this Scott Speedster, or this Cannondale Synapse, or this Jamis Ventura Sport. They're all great value for money, and you with 10 spd components, you won't be wanting to upgrade for quite some time. Hope that helps.

Of those three, I would probably recommend the Cannondale.

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While the above suggestions look good, if you are really interested in racing as opposed to general bicycle riding, you might want to ask in the racing forum, where a higher percentage of people that race would hang out... It is a sub-forum of Road Cycling. It is also a god place to do some browsing for training tips, and once you get a good feel for where you are in your own journey to ask some questions on training and tactics.
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Ask your team if they're riding anything in your price range.

Find a bike store that incorporates a good fitting service into their sales and will let you test ride several bikes before choosing. And don't forget to factor in all your clothing, shoes, gear, basic tools (pump, multipurpose tool, tire levers etc) and helmet.
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A little passed on help

I read some of your forum, and you are needing help or some advice of what type of bike to look for? Now, assuming that you are going into racing and continue on from there, that price is not going to be all that signficant. Carbon frames are a good starting point for racers. Look into either fuji, and or Giant they have women specified frames if you have any quirks as far as "fit" geometry specifications of a bike. But overall, whatever your choice ends up being, I always will suggest, to go to a good bicycle dealer (not a department store) and talk to the sales reps (they should be knowledgeable enough to help you) and grab a couple or three road bikes of your interest and do test rides.
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The two biggies are fit and budget.

Figure out what size you need to get a decent fit and limit your search to just those bikes. If you're shopping used bikes, that'll be harder to do and more tempting to cheat than it sounds.

Once you get the fit thing figured out, your budget will drive everything else.

Ride lots.
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