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Old 06-21-14, 08:54 AM
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New here and interested in making good a choice on a bike
I'm 58 and haven't ridden in several years. My only bike is an 88 Peugeot 12 speed, steel frame. Picked it up at a yard sale cuz it looked good. Put a fair number of miles on it then had some medical issues that prevented further use. I'm better now and have been looking to upgrade. After looking at possibly repairing my old bike it just makes a lot more sense, to me, to buy something newer. I'm looking for a road bike and so my "analysis paralysis" has begun. Carbon, steel or aluminum, perhaps ti . Di2 is perhaps out of my reach but would be nice.
$1500 is tops for me but am very uncertain there. I saw a Giant defy di2 ultegra for $1850 and am very tempted. It has external wiring which I'm not keen on but perhaps that could be internalized?
I'll be looking in from time to time and checking for suggestions
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Old 06-21-14, 09:25 AM
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Hey John,

Welcome to Bike Forums.

Any bike with 105 is a long lasting bike.
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Old 06-21-14, 09:34 AM
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Fit is the most important aspect . In your price range you have a lot to choose from. I like Surly, sturdy and mine fits me well, but is heavy. Visit several LBS ( local bike shops ) take a few out for a ride, and when you find one you like, make sure you get a good fit. Too many LBS just sell, find one that wants you as a long term customer.
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Welcome to BF! +1 on fit being of primary importance.
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