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Newbie needs some advice

Old 10-24-07, 11:17 PM
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Newbie needs some advice

Hello all!

I'm intrested in getting a road bike. I am a novice rider...in fact i don't own any at all. I would like a beginner road bike to start me off in the right direction. What brand/model should i be looking at? I'm so lost to all these brands and models i really don't know what to choose. Any input or advice will be surely appreciated!
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I don't know your budget, but there's a good thread on entry level bikes at the top of the forums.
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what's your budget?

just about any manufacturer makes a good entry level bike, i imagine. the most important part for both comfort, enjoyment, fitness, and performance is how the bike fits. i would suggest going to a good local bike shop and asking for advice there. they can 'fit' you...take all your measurements and find the bike with the best geometry for you...and make fine adjustments on that bike for the perfect fit!

if you can, i guess i'd try to stick with widely known bike brands...Trek, Giant, Specialized, Cannondale...something like that. as for components...i'd probably stick with shimano 105 or ultegra...even shimano sora is probably perfectly fine...
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If you know your frame size, a little about components, and can wrench competently then Bikesdirect.com should be a viable option. If not then going to your local bike store is probably a smarter choice. Just depends on who takes the bike out of the box, assembles it, and fits it to the rider. Many frames are made in the same factories around the world. Just painted and badged as brand x. Beyond that they don't have seperate sales of Shimano or wheels, ie one quality of products for lbs and a lesser quality for online sales stores.

Motobecane and the other brands sold primarily online (by bikesdirect) are good value for your $$. You can see that nearly all those who have bought from BD are satisfied with their decision. But there are some who would never buy online and justify their position through various arguements or putting down bikesdirect (and its clones).

It is your money and your decision. Do what is right for you. Ride and be happy.

I purchased my Moto IF last year and now 3,000 miles later it is still great. New tires, brake pads, and minor adjustments since then. From BD you will get the bike in the box you select for a decent price and quick enough. They are no frills, no customization, and minimal customer support. But after receiving your bike in 1 hour you can be riding and happy with your purchase.
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If you really are a newbie, search for the most helpful bike shop, who will take the time explaining the pros and cons of the various components on the bike and the fitting. Then buy one of the makes they carry that meets your budget. Dont forget to allow money for pump, tire levers, spare tube, patch kit.
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