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Old 08-11-15, 10:34 AM
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Completely new and looking for suggestions

I currently live in the hudson Valley / Albany area and have become completely fascinated in getting a road bike and using it to commute. I don't have any prior experience with road bikes or the sort and was looking for suggestions on what to buy. I have found these two bikes 1) https://albany.craigslist.org/bik/5156912449.html and 2) https://albany.craigslist.org/bik/5164016124.html that I've been considering but would love to hear any input or suggestions on bikes I should look at. My price range right now is under $200. Thanks in advance for all the help.
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Old 08-11-15, 10:55 AM
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Step one is to get fitted and make sure you buy the right size. You can do this either yourself or at a local bike shop (LBS).

Either bike would serve you well, assuming they're both ready to roll. Cables/housings will probably need replaced, wheels may need to be trued (straightened). It would be well worth your cash to take whichever used bike you purchase to a reputable LBS for a tune up.

You won't regret bike commuting; welcome.

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Old 08-11-15, 11:14 AM
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welcome to the forums... a cheap bike that is not the correct fit is not a good deal.
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Old 08-11-15, 12:11 PM
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Welcome to Bike Forums. The first one (Raleigh) is for someone who is approx 6'-4" or taller.
As the others have suggested, go to a bike shop and get fitted so you'll know the correct size for you, or ask a cycling friend to help you. Good luck.
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Old 08-11-15, 12:23 PM
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Don't mooch off a bike shop just to turn around and buy a $100 bike off of Craigslist.

I believe one can ride a bike in a fairly wide range, perhaps +/- 2 or 3 cm from optimum.

However, let us know your height and weight, and we'll help get you into the ballpark. There lots of good deals on classic/vintage bikes, although it is also worth considering newer bikes.

Perhaps this moderate quality Jamis Ventura.
Jamis Ventura Road Bike - $300 (Gansevoort)
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Old 08-11-15, 01:28 PM
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and inseam measurement, +1 for saving up for a better bike like cliffordk says, will be cheaper in the longrun. I started with cheap old 10-speeds and just got sucked into parts shopping and rebuilding and getting other old bikes for parts to make one good one then had to sell a bunch of bikes, frames and wheels, eventually winding up a modern road bike w brifters, which changed my life
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Old 08-11-15, 06:53 PM
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Welcome. Have fun searching out your new bike
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Old 08-11-15, 07:01 PM
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I'm approximately 6'3" and 175 lbs. with an inseam of 35" considering I measured it correctly. Any further suggestions would be great
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Old 08-11-15, 07:03 PM
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I suggest asking for opinions in the Classic and Vintage forum.
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