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Need help choosing a bike

Old 07-29-12, 08:57 AM
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Need help choosing a bike

So i am new to road cyclying and i am looking at buying a bike in the 0-$700 range i have been looking at ebay and have found some named brand bikes for the price im looking for. Is there any suggestions on what i should look for before i buy a used bike and would 56cm be too big for a 5ft 9-10in person with a 30-32 inseeem? any help is welcomed thanks,
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Old 07-29-12, 09:02 AM
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first bike should not be bought online. you need to get fitted. it doesnt matter what bike you get if it doesnt fit properly.
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Old 07-29-12, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Cowboy905 View Post
first bike should not be bought online. you need to get fitted. it doesnt matter what bike you get if it doesnt fit properly.
That said, if you should decide to buy online and you order the incorrect frame size, then it will be a hassle returning the bike and reordering the correct frame size. You will be held responsible for the shipping charges. OTOH, if you GUESS right and luck up on the correct frame size, there's no guarantee that you will enjoy the way the bike feels when riding it.

However, most people who order the correct sized bike online, are quite satisfied with their bikes!

If you do guess your frame size correctly, you can score a great road bike through bikesdirect.com.

The Motobecane Grand Record ~ $650

www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/grand_record_xii.htm

The Gravity Liberty 2 ~ $500
www.bikesdirect.com/products/gravity/liberty_2.htm

The Schwinn Letour Sport ~ $600
www.bikesdirect.com/products/schwinn/schwinn_letour_sport_xi.htm

The Schwinn Letour Legacy ~ $800

www.bikesdirect.com/products/schwinn/schwinn_letour_legacy_xi.htm

The GT- GTR series 4 ~ $600
www.bikesdirect.com/products/gt/gtr_series4_xii.htm

The Jamis Satellite Sport ~ $700
www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebikes/road/satellite/12_satellitesport_gy.html

* The Schwinn Letour Legacy is the best deal here, if there's no sizing problem.

The following link will assist you in the completion of your build after your bike has arrived. The bike comes 95% assembled already.
www.bikesdirect.com/instructionhelp.htm

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Old 07-29-12, 09:46 AM
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If you go the craigslist route you can try the bike to make sure it fits before you buy it.
However you need to know what a correct fit is.

Getting a good fit depends on more than the size of the frame. The geometry, seat size, height and position, the reach to the bars and cleat position. Most of these dimensions (within reason) can be adjusted, at worst getting different parts to get to the proper fit.

What bikes rate you looking at?
What is your intention for getting a road bike? Fitness, racing, recreation?

The more you tell us the more we can help you.

I'm 5'10 and a 30-31" inseam, I've been riding a 54cm Cannondale 3.0 for the past 20 years. I just picked up a Trek 1.5 56cm and it feels much better, different and better. I never had any problems with the 54cm but I put on longer cranks, stem and wider handlebars, so I made it fit me. I'm more a recreational rider than a racer ( though I do like to go fast ).
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Old 07-29-12, 09:59 AM
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you can try the craigslist route yes. i only said fit i a must because when i first started, i bought my bike off craigslist and i thought it was a good fit only to realize after 30min in the saddle my left forearm would numb from the wrist to just below the elbow.

all this being said, you can buy a cheaper bike and if you find you love it and ride the heck out of it, you can go to your lbs and get a proper bike that will be your baby for years to come
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Old 07-29-12, 12:39 PM
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What bikes rate you looking at?
What is your intention for getting a road bike? Fitness, racing, recreation?
Bike rate? not sure what that means but i want to race(tour de france style) / rec ride with clubs and such on long rides with speed ive been looking at a cannondale synapse stock and specilized Allez stock as well as a trek 1500 stock as for the size i went to a bike shop and they said 54-56 the 54 would be best but since im still growing 55 would be best but 56 would work
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