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Old 04-23-08, 08:30 AM
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Hi, I am new to this forum and new to road biking in general. I want to buy a Dawes Lightning 1200 off of bikesdirect.com as my first road bike, but I am so confused. I can not figure out what king of pedals the bike comes with, and even if I did, I would still be confused because I do not know what I need for them; I don't know what kind of shoes I need for them or if I need cleats. Could somebody help me, I am completely lost!
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Being this is your first bike I'd go to your LBS for some guidance as to what to get. The best thing to do is figure out the kind of riding you want to do and find a bike accordingly. Set a budget for what you want to spend on a bike and accessories then see what your LBS tells you because it's better to get feed back than just buying a bike online when you're not too familiar with what you need.
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You need to ask what pedals it comes with. It may not come with any. If not, you need to buy pedals. Most pedals you buy come with a pair of cleats. And those cleats can be attached to just about any cycling shoe.

It would probably help if you went to your Local Bike Shop (LBS) and looked around. If you have any friends, ask them what type of pedals/ cleats they use.
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Old 04-23-08, 08:51 AM
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WOW! Thanks for responding so quickly!
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Originally Posted by roadiejorge View Post
Being this is your first bike I'd go to your LBS for some guidance as to what to get. The best thing to do is figure out the kind of riding you want to do and find a bike accordingly. Set a budget for what you want to spend on a bike and accessories then see what your LBS tells you because it's better to get feed back than just buying a bike online when you're not too familiar with what you need.
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I went through this about a month ago. The BEST thing you can do is get on and ride a few, gather some good advice and educate yourself before making an impulse buy because the price is good. The worst thing you can do is buy sight unseen, and hope it works. Easy for me to say, considering snow was still on the ground when I was shopping-- its nice out and you're ready to ride... but take your time.
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I agree with the others. But to answer your question it comes with toe clips and straps. You won't need special shoes or anything else. But again I would go to your local shop, ask questions, test ride some bikes, and see what they have to offer. I will tell you that the bikesdirect bike is a very low end bike.
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The problem is that I want clipless pedals that require cycling shoes though. So you are saying that it does not come with those type of pedals?
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At that price range no bike will have those type of pedals. You will have to buy them and your shoes. If you buy at a LBS they will usually give you a discount on accessories when you purchase a bike. Most bikes don't come with clipless pedals anyway. I know bikesdirect packages some of their higher end stuff with pedals but the problem is most people already have a favorite pedal they use and the stock pedals get replaced anyway.
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