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Old 02-15-12, 10:58 AM   #1
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What would the group recommend as an updated bike for me?

I have a 40 year old 10 speed road bike. It still works but is heavy and the gear ratios I feel are not the best. I would like to get into something more updated. I live in Florida and can ride year round. Not many mountains here. I ride 30 to 50 miles a week for exercise. All of it on the road. It would be nice to have something lighter, easier changing gears, and with better brakes. What I don't have is $600 to $1200 to spend on something new. Are there any good used bikes in say a $300 range that would be worth having? Or what would be top priority as I look for a used bike? What brand of gears, brakes, etc. I am 6 feet tall, weigh 235. Have already lost 35 pounds and looking to get to 220 where I will be very lean. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-15-12, 10:54 PM   #2
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You should be able to pick up a newer , decent Trek 1000 (58-61cm size)for $3-350 ; look for something that's not all beat up. They are out there! It has basic, entry level components, but it will fit your budget. There are many others that would be great starter bikes. Check a site called "Bikepedia, it shows all the brands and models, with MSRP's, etc.
Good luck with your search. (Oh, you are probably doing this, but check Craigslist often.)
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How's your wrenching skills? If they are strong, and with your limited budget, you might find something appealing on BD. I usually don't suggest BD to newbies, but as you claim to already riding 30-50 miles a week on your current one, then I trust you have an idea of what size to order.
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Where in Fla do you live? CL is a great place to find deals on used bikes but it is helpful to have a bit of wrenching experience. Also there are lots of guys who as a hobby and to support their own bike habit buy, repair and resell bikes. (these guys are not 'flippers' as they actually care about giving their customer a good deal and cycling experience)

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Tell us what brands have a Dealer where you live, that you like..
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Thanks for all the info. I will try the sites you all have suggested. I live in Bradenton, FL just south of Tampa. By "wrenching skills" I am assuming you are referring to my mechanic skills. Those are pretty high. I can perform pretty much anything involving repair or replacement of something on a bicycle. I have plenty of tools. I also ride motorcycles and so I have learned some things over time about repairing cars, boats, motorcycles, and bicycles. I do really enjoy riding but feel something lighter, and with more a more up to date gear train would make things more fun. So, thanks and I will follow up with your suggestions.
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Don't just look at the price. Make sure the bike FITS!!
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And WTH is a Tarheel doing in FL?

Look for brand name bikes on CL; Trek, Giant, Cannondale, Redline, Fuji, etc. go check it out for fit and condition. Continue to research the various models and equipment levels for educational purposes, you have made a good start coming here. There is a massive amount of information and lots of friendly people to help.

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Thanks wahoonc, I will be monitoring CL in the future. In answer to your question, I moved here in 1987 when I decided to get out of the corporate structure and get my own business. Ran it for 13 years and then liquidated it and sold the property. Did consulting for a while and am now working for someone else again.
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