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Phantom_Limb 07-05-13 02:24 PM

Looking to buy my first bike in years
 
So, as the title says I'm looking to buy my first bike in a really long time. I need some advice on what type to get as there are so many choices. I'll be riding mainly around my development and on roads. I'm riding mainly for exercise and to get out of the house more often with a possibility of long distance riding once I'm in better shape. My budget is around the $500 range, maybe a little over. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Oh and on a side note, I'll most likely be buying online and taking it somewhere to get assembled so some advice on sizing would be good too, I'm 5' 5" and won't be growing.

no1mad 07-05-13 02:36 PM

I'd suggest reconsidering the online purchase for a couple of reasons.

1. By the time you pay the LBS to assemble it, you're pretty much at the price point of entry level from the LBS.
2. Warranty: You will have to do all the leg work (phoning/emailing) if you buy from an online vendor. You buy from the LBS, they will coordinate all of that for you.
3. Test rides are a far better way of determining fit than looking at a geometry table on your computer screen.

10 Wheels 07-05-13 02:48 PM

Best to visit local shops and determine your size.

Take some test rides.

Online buying only works if you know you size and components of the bike.

Phantom_Limb 07-06-13 11:19 AM

Thanks for the tips. Gonna hit up a couple LBS today.

Rak73 07-06-13 11:45 AM

Good luck! I just bought my first bike and picked it up today. I am 5'6" and stocky and wanted a mostly road bike. I tried a few and ended up getting a Specialized Sirrus. nice ride, comfortable and very quick! I got the small size, though probably was ok with the medium. My LBS was great with their advice and also the fitting. I need to go back for a second fitting, just to fine tune some things, but that's the benefit of buying at a LBS.

Phantom_Limb 07-08-13 05:20 AM

Awesome! Sounds like we are about the same size. Which Sirrus did you pick up? It's actually one of the bikes I was looking at. Was mostly between that and the Trek FX series.

Rak73 07-15-13 09:56 AM


Originally Posted by Phantom_Limb (Post 15826085)
Awesome! Sounds like we are about the same size. Which Sirrus did you pick up? It's actually one of the bikes I was looking at. Was mostly between that and the Trek FX series.

I ended up splurging a bit more than I wanted and got the Sirrus Elite (I am very very happy with the purchase and going over my budget was worth it!).

Phantom_Limb 07-15-13 10:09 AM

Very cool. That bike is so nice. I only had so much to spend so I ended up getting the Trek FX 7.3 and I absolutely love it!

sreten 07-15-13 05:12 PM

Hi,

I'd buy a budget all round practical bicycle to get you out and about
and be your all weather day to day beater, something like this :

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...bL._SX385_.jpg

After 3 months you will have very good idea if you need a better bike,
and if you do what sort of bike that is, usually a road bike or MTB.

rgds, sreten.

sreten 07-16-13 01:56 PM

Hi,

Just to add. The bike above is 700C / 622m (road) wheeled hybrid.

At 5'5" your likely to get on better with a 26"/ 559mm (MTB) hybrid.

rgds, sreten.


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