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Old 04-07-09, 06:00 PM
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Sorry . . . More newb questions . . . .

After reading all the stickies and doing a lot of searches, I've been pretty good about getting the first parts of my bike search completed.

I went to LBS, picked out a bike, got fitted, gave it a test ride, liked it, but didn't buy it yet (I just had to put the money in the right place, otherwise, I would have). Bike is a L size Giant Defy 3 (just about what I wanted to spend, get 1 year of free maintenance from LBS, warranty, etc.). Problem is, after talking to an ex-girlfriend, and another friend, both of them said it'd probably be better to buy used from craigslist/ebay. They pointed to deals like this:

http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/bik/1111033208.html

I like the idea of buying new, because of the perks that I mentioned, plus the bike I picked out is cheaper. But my friend invited me on some rides, including a century in VT set for later this summer(giving me a training goal as well). Would the Defy be able to handle the rigor? Or will I want a new bike 3 months from now, and be kicking myself for buying the Defy? Thanks in advance for the help.

P.S. I am fully prepared to be a Fred for at least 1 year until I get back into biking.
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Old 04-07-09, 06:15 PM
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I'm also new to the sport, but the madone, if it fits, looks like a great deal to me.
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Old 04-07-09, 06:22 PM
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The Giant Defy 3 is a great first bike, certainly capable of handling anything you throw at it, centurys, double centurys, races, whatever. Likely you'll be more comfortable on it for long distances as well. Plus, since you're new, it's great to have the bike shop behind you to help out.

In the end, it really comes down to whether or not you like new or used. Also you'll want a new bike in a few years no matte what you buy!
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Old 04-07-09, 06:27 PM
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Buy what fits. If you can find a used deal that fits you, more power to you. If it doesnt fit, leave it (dont force it to fit).

As for upgrading, you'll always want to upgrade. People say to buy the best you can afford at the time, which works to an extent. But if you have a $800 or a $8k bike, the feeling to upgrade is always there. Ive talked to doctors I work with (Im not a doctor) that have super expensive bikes that talk about upgrading to the Campy 11-speed or electronic Dura Ace because they can.

Personally I have a history of buying crap I just dont need. I try to tell myself to only buy/upgrade when parts break. But that is hardly ever the case. So in short, buy what you can afford and ride. Ride so much you cant think about anything else.
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Ahhh yes, I hadn't thought about that scenario. If I do buy the craigslist/ebay bike, I'll still want to upgrade later anyway. Thanks, guys!
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This is a good n00bie question. There are deals out there on used bikes but you need to know what you're doing to keep from getting robbed. N00bs generally don't, which is why a bike shop is a good first stop. The difference here is that you have friends who may be able to help. If they truly have the expertise and willingness to help you out, then it might be a good idea to go used. OTOH, there's nothing like a new bike.
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I like the madone if you can get a good fit and have it checked out by someone with some expertise. That said, I have no such expertise and am just going by name and impression of value.

My $.02 re buying low and ugrading later. One reason I didn't spend too much at the outset is so that I had room to upgrade later. I know myself and I know I will want to refine my purchase in coming years (ok months or weeks). Buying low gave me the ability to upgrade and really feel and notice the difference.
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