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New to Roadbiking

I want to get into roadbiking and curious as to which bike to get. I like the CAAD9-5. Is that a good bike for a beginner? I keep seeing the brand Cervelo in BF too. Is that a good bike? If so, does anyone know where one can buy a Cervelo in the SF Bay Area? Can I get a good Cervelo for under 2K?

I'm looking to ride on weekends and after work for a few hours. I'd like to race as well as go on long 50+ mile rides.
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Cervelo is a serious high-end bike... but if your budget allows for it, go for it. The CAAD 9-5, IMO, is a MUCH better option. You can still easily race with it, but it's also a good every day bike if that's what you're looking for.

Search here on BF, google, etc., for more information. There's tons of info out there.
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Try this thread. It's less about specific models and brands and more about what you need to know to make an informed decision.
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I'm not nearly as experienced as most here, but here's my $0.002. The two things I would splurge on would be the frame and the saddle. The frame is in essence the bike, it controls how it feels and handles, and it's important to get that right. Upgraded components for the most part just bring down weight, while different frames are going to give a completely different experience. As for the saddle, you could buy the best bike in the world, and if it isn't comfortable, you'll never ride it. I sat on about 8-10 different ones before I picked on that felt comfy.

As for a Cervelo under $2k, a prebuilt S1 w/ Ultegra is ~$2200. That said, if it doesn't fit you properly, it could be for free, and it wouldn't be a good choice.
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I'd advise you to not start with an expensive bike, you'll likely not keep it for long because as you gain knowledge and experience your needs will change. Many posters here learned that lesson the hard way.
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