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Old 07-21-05, 05:32 PM
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Hi all,

I am new to this forum, and after just reading stickys comments, i hope i am not infuriating him anymore. But i am also new to road biking, and after buying a new road bike. I was just wondering what specs i should be looking for in a new bike, so that i pick up a decent bike for a decent price (around £300, which today converted to $525), and what feature i need to be aware of.

Thanks a lot in advance peeps

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If it fits you, and you like it, you've made a good purchase. The quality of the ride is probably the most important "feature," and the frame and wheelset are what determine the ride quality. The components and other odds and ends are much less important. If you think you're going to stick with cycling, buy the bike with the best frame and wheels that you can reasonably afford. You can always upgrade components later on as you mature.

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Good starting advice, that. That is what I did...after lurking here for a couple of weeks. I got some great info from these folks and I owe them all a debt of thanks, whether I agreed with them or not.
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