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Beginner looking to get into Road Biking

Old 07-23-10, 07:51 PM
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Beginner looking to get into Road Biking

So this summer after two years of college I have decided to get serious about getting into shape. Im about 6'3" 215 lbs for those of you who care, and I'm looking for a cheap road bike to use to get in shape, another reason for wanting a cheap bike is I want to see if I really like road biking without denting my wallet too badly because as I said I'm a starving college student, and I am most likely getting a new car within the next week or two.

So far this summer I have been running 1-2 miles every two days with a one day break in between. But for a week or two my knee really started to bother me. It hurt to the extent that I contemplated going to the doctor. So when that happened I took it easy for about a week then got my old mountain bike out and started riding it 4-6 miles on the same schedule. After a week or two of that I started to ride about 4 or 5 miles then run a half mile moving up to a whole mile. So far my knee hasn't been bothering me, but not wanting it too I want a new bike.

I found a couple online, I am not opposed to spending a little bit more so if you know of anything better for a little more let me know. I am not sure about one because its old, and i'm not sure about the other because its from walmart. But I don't know anything about road bikes so give me your wisdom!

https://charlotte.craigslist.org/bik/1859604342.html
https://www.walmart.com/ip/700C-GMC-D...-Bike/12080282

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I want a cheap road bike to get into shape, maybe some commuting and down the road if I enjoy it enough maybe I will enter some races.
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Old 07-23-10, 07:59 PM
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If you already have some knee problems, and I cannot stress this enough, MAKE SURE YOU GET A BIKE THAT FITS! This could mean going to a local bike shop and looking at their selection of entry level bikes! However, I will say that $600 is about the minimum you would spend if you went that route.

I would avoid both of those bikes you posted. The first one is overpriced, and the second one has a reputation for quite the fixer upper.

Go to a LBS, and get sized up on a bike. Ask them if they have any leftover models, or if they can give you a good deal on a new entry level bike.
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Ok thanks for the reply. The Fit they do at my LBS cost $70 do you have any idea if that goes towards the cost of the bike or should I just ask them? The carry Trek, Giant and one or two others I dont recall. Any Suggestions on what model to look for?
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I would ask them. Most shops will put the fit purchase towards the bike, yours might be different.

Between Trek and Giant, I would go with the latter. They offer more bang for the buck, as you pay a pretty stiff premium with Trek. With Trek, look at the 1.2, and with Giant look at the Defy series.

Make sure you understand that brand really means nothing when it comes to bikes. Almost all bikes at the same price level will give you the same performance. Pick a brand from a good, honest LBS that puts you first.
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