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Old 08-11-17, 06:42 PM
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Greetings from Jax, FL

Hi, I'm Rod and I'm just now getting into road cycling at 37 years old. I'm looking to buy my first road bike. I own a 2007 Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo that I used for bike trails years ago when I lived in Atlanta, GA, but it sadly hasn't seen real use in 5+ years.

Anyhow, I joined my company's bike team for bikeMS and random group rides through the year, and I found out quickly that my mountain bike just wouldn't cut it. I'm looking at either a new 2017 Specialized Roubaix SL4 Sport with 105 components for about $1,750, or a used 2012 Roubaix SL3 Pro with Ultegra Di2 in excellent shape for $1,000.

I can't wait to do my first long trips with a road bike!

Thanks,

Rod
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Old 08-12-17, 05:09 AM
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Welcome to Bike Forums from west central Florida. We have quite a few FL folks and a good number of Jax area folks on here. Stop by the Southeast Regional subforum and say hello to the locals.
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Old 08-12-17, 07:58 AM
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Hi Rod. Welcome to Bike Forums. There are some good posts, here, about buying your first road bike.
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Old 08-13-17, 09:56 AM
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Thanks guys. I'm still looking and I'm open to any bike options, though I got a chance to rent an 2017 Allez Elite from an LBS and rode almost 60 miles the last couple days. It felt great to easily cruise around at 16-18mph. I can't wait to get out more with a bike of my own!

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Old 08-18-17, 07:11 PM
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I'm still searching around for my first road bike, but I've got a dilemma. I'm almost set on a 2017 Roubaix SL4 Sport, but it's not available at my LBS or anywhere within 120 miles. I'll likely drive to Orlando soon, as there is a bike shop there that has it in stock. Unfortunately, it won't come with the full fitting my local shop would provide.

My other option is to go with a 2018 Roubaix Sport, but it's outfitted with disc brakes and Future Shock. The FS would be cool, but I don't really need just brakes for the riding that I'll be doing in FL. Also, this bike is a little bit out of my budget range.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,

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Old 08-18-17, 08:26 PM
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Welcome. I work in Jax but live in Middleburg. Sorry, I can't help you with the bike decision because I'm mainly into old trikes. There are quite a few shops and plenty of cyclists in the area so I would think feedback would be fairly easy to find. Good luck.
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