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Old 07-03-02, 01:41 PM
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new bikes under $500

Quick bio - I'm fairly new to cycling - did some in the past but it's been over 10 years. I'm also broke. Female 5'6" 119lbs. I am riding for fitness and building up for distance rides. I don't ride to the store, in the park, off-road, etc. I have a triathlon I'm looking toward (sprint distance) but not to race - just to finish.

Main Question - I have found 3 bikes under $500 that I'm going to look at and test ride and I'd like your opinions on them.

Fuji Ace ....... Fuji Finest ....... Motobecane SuperMirage


Caveat - Most LBS guys I have talked with, especially when given my price range suggest a comfort bike or a hybrid since their entry level models start less and I'd be able to get an upgraded bike with my budget. But, since I'm really not interested in EVER going off road and I think that with my slight build I'd be better off with a lighter bike for distance rides, I'm really leaning toward a road bike. Anybody agree/disagree?
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You are right to chose a road bike over less sporty models for your type of riding. Comfort and Hybrid styles just wont do what you need and I am amazed that an LBS would advise you to ride a triathalon on one.
Both Fuju and Motobecane are proper bike manufacturers and make good bikes.
Do make sure the bikes fit you properly, esp in the length (reach from saddle to bars).
These bikes probably skimp on saddles and pedals. Ask if they will exchange/upgrade them at purchase. Although you will need clipless pedals if you are going to seriously compete, you can use cheaper toe-clips to ride. Budget for helmet/gloves/shorts/repair kit as well.

If you are really lucky you could pick up a barely used bike of much higher quality for that money. Ask around the bike clubs if anyone has one for sale.
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I can't comment on the Motobecane, but I own 2 Fujis, and they have been very good bikes. On a recent tour, I got to ride with a 14 year old young lady on a Fuji Finest who made a very impressive showing, I must say.

I would go for the road bike given your circumstances. Get one that fits, and you will be in for a lot of fun!

Good luck!
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I vote with the rest fora road bike. Doing Tri's you'll feel and do much better than on any other kind.
Don't discount a good used bike. If you can find one, make sure it fits.
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I'm happy with my Mirage.Motobecane is trying to revive it's name and is offering alot for the dollar.But the Mirage and the Ace are more Rec bikes than anything for a triathlon.Iron Horse makes a good go fast bike for the buck.
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I agree with your road choice. I've been shopping for a new hybrid myself, and I'm looking at Fuji as an option. The last road bike I owned was a Team Fuji. It was a rocket and certainly great bang for the buck. I don't know where you are in the Metroplex, but I have not found the the folks at C---- S------- (from your choice selection) to be very helpful. If you let me know which side of DFW you're on I can recommend some more helpful LBS. I'd also rate Giant and Raleigh high on the bang for buck list.
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Motobecane isn't the REAL Motobecane. MBK is the real Motobecane. Not saying anything for / against the new Motobecane but it isn't the same company.
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That Finest looks pretty nice. For tri usage, you may wish to try a shorter, more-upright stem if you plan to use an add-on aero bar. The triatheletes for whom I built dedicated tri bikes always seemed to end up happiest with the aero bar's armrests at seat level and not too far away from the seat.
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Originally posted by hillyman
I'm happy with my Mirage.Motobecane is trying to revive it's name and is offering alot for the dollar.But the Mirage and the Ace are more Rec bikes than anything for a triathlon.Iron Horse makes a good go fast bike for the buck.
Hillyman,I saw the posting that you made, sounds great, I don't know what my schedule will be in October, I wish I can go there , oscar
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Laurlaur,

You should check out the used selection at
Richardson Bikemart. They have some nice bikes
at very reasonable prices. They are also a very
good shop to hook up with.
Tourist, Where do you ride? I'm also in Frisco
send me a PM or e-mail, maybe we can hook up.
Laurlaur same to you.
Wife and I ride alot at Whiterock just because we don't
have to dodge vehicles (well not that much).

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Cheers for Richardson Bike Mart. They are top notch. As well as Plano Cycle and Fitness. They are my 2 favs.
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Tourist, Laurlaur

What am I thinking? I forgot my manners.
Welcome to the forums, its good to see
Texans riding bikes and not SUVs. . .

either of you doing HHH?

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Thanks for all the help. I'm in Arlington and have found it next to impossible to buy here plus not alot of open places to ride - down at Joe Pool looks like about my best bet. Have visited Richardson BM, but they are the ones who suggested a comfort bike so that sort of turned me off. Not up to the HHH (yet). I'm planning on entering the Tri-the-Rock Sprint Triathlon in August. Any other tri-newbies out there?
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Laur - There is a good bike shop at I-20 and Granbury Rd. in FW. Bicycles Inc. they've got good stuff and good folks. - Tourist

ps - I just checked their web site and they've got a place in Arlington also. https://bicyclesinc.com/site/map.cfm?ID=2
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Originally posted by RacerX
Motobecane isn't the REAL Motobecane. MBK is the real Motobecane. Not saying anything for / against the new Motobecane but it isn't the same company.
How many bike companys are? Is a Schwinn not a Schwinn just because they have changed hands? From what I heard theres about 5 companys that make most of all production bikes.
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Actually Bicycles, Inc. is right down the street from me, but they only carry Trek and Specialized. I'm really into selection and I tend to shy away from the "big names" in search of the little guy with the super product instead of the super advertising budget. Not to say that a Trek isn't a good product, it's just a little pricier than I'd like.
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