Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 04-22-07, 09:36 PM
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First road cycle

Sorry for all the questions but I need opinions from you guys about this.
Iv narrowed down my choices for my first road bike to the following, the Trek 1500, and the Novara Divano.

I plan on using this bike to ride around the city during the summer, then join the cycling club at my school next fall. Im considering the Novara because of its durability, more upright riding position, and more aggressive tires to train on in the summer, but the Trek because of its carbon components, proven race specs, and more aggressive posture. The downsides I forsee are, on the novara, the less aggressive body position and more aggressive, treded tires, and weight (around 22 lbs) which would be excellent to train on in the summer, but not so well speed wise for a race, and on the other hand, the downsides of the Trek (not really downsides but) Less aggressive tires (would be fast, but maybe not the best for training and casual city riding), and more aggressive riding position (again faster, but maybe not as practical for casual riding)

Opinions? Once again, looking for something to train on in the summer, but will still be able to help me through my first year on the cycling team.

Link to the Divano specs: http://www.rei.com/product/744763
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Old 04-22-07, 09:44 PM
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the trek is a really good bike.
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Old 04-22-07, 09:49 PM
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I wouldn't choose based on the tires.

I don't see how the novara is more upright. You can drop the stem down and flip it if you wish for a more aero position.

If you are competing against others the 3 ring is not desireable. If you are riding recreationally, it doesn't matter. It's just extra weight.
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Old 04-22-07, 10:08 PM
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The Trek 1500 has a very popular following. I have no experience of familiarity with the Novara.
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Old 04-22-07, 10:23 PM
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If you can afford it, it's best to buy the most you can get at once. The trek definately has the better componentry.

On the other hand, if you still need to spend money on accessories, spare tubes, tools, a seat pack, etc. You might as well buy the cheaper bike and spend the money on accessories. Either bike will serve you well for your purposes.
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