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advice for my first bike?

Old 11-06-16, 08:02 PM
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advice for my first bike?

Hello!
i'm looking to buy my first road bike, and with all the options, I'm not sure where to begin. I would put my budget at $700 to $1000. This is my first bike, but Im fairly sure i'll be sticking with it nI used to love running, but the toll it took on my body and joints made it something I did not want to pursue further. I hope biking will offer a similair experience. I'm 6'3, and live in Florida, where we have no hills. I see some bikes touting their low gears for climbing, but for me that's not a big deal. We have humid summers, so if rust in an issue, i'd like to take that into consideration. I plan on riding fairly regularly, maybe 4 mornings a week, and probably some longer rides on the weekends.

Any suggestions on my first buy would be greatly appreciated! And hurry up, because i'm excited to get out on the road.
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1. Go test ride some bikes. Every brand has similarly speed bikes in that price point, primarily in either a racing/aggressive geometry, or more endurance geometry. Find out which you like better.

2. Don't get caught up o. Specs, since they will be similar, just know that giant will be slightly less than the rest for similar specs...but if you don't like the ride, having a more expensive shifter won't matter.

3. If possible find a friend who already rides road bikes to take with you for advice...but not if that friend tries to tell you you need a $2,000 bike...he is wrong.
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Old 11-07-16, 04:33 AM
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Here you go: Giant Contend
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Originally Posted by cmac77 View Post
Hello!
i'm looking to buy my first road bike, and with all the options, I'm not sure where to begin. I would put my budget at $700 to $1000. This is my first bike, but Im fairly sure i'll be sticking with it nI used to love running, but the toll it took on my body and joints made it something I did not want to pursue further. I hope biking will offer a similair experience. I'm 6'3, and live in Florida, where we have no hills. I see some bikes touting their low gears for climbing, but for me that's not a big deal. We have humid summers, so if rust in an issue, i'd like to take that into consideration. I plan on riding fairly regularly, maybe 4 mornings a week, and probably some longer rides on the weekends.

Any suggestions on my first buy would be greatly appreciated! And hurry up, because i'm excited to get out on the road.
Where in Florida? Also with that budget you can find some nice bikes used.
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Old 11-07-16, 05:38 AM
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advice for my first bike?

1. Get a bike that fits, and one YOU are happy with.
2. Stay off the InterWeb®.
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