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Brand New Rider- Need Help

Old 07-30-12, 10:13 AM
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Brand New Rider- Need Help

Looking to get my first road bike. Ive been mountain biking for some time. I am 20 years old, live in Los Angeles, and am looking to start racing eventually. I want a bike that will be good enough for me to use in a race and be able to adequately compete with everyone else. I will also be riding mostly in a very urban setting if that means anything. My budget is 2k. Can you guys recommend a good bike that I can get new or used for that price that will meet all my needs?
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Old 07-30-12, 10:32 AM
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Welcome to bikeforums. You may need a little more patience if you plan to race road bikes. Only waiting 19 minutes for a reply probably isn't going to be long enough.

To adequately compete in a cat 5 race a $700 bike will be good enough, pretty much any bike that retails for $2,000 will work fine.
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if $2k is your budget, you should try to make your bike price around $12-1500, leaves you $5-700 for accessories, unless you have shoes, pedals, jersey/bibs, helmet, etc. any nice AL bike from any of the big guys will serve you quite well, Trek 2.x, Spec Allez, Cannondale CAAD10, etc. no need to jump straight to carbon really. just my .02
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Caad10-4
+1, w/some upgrades it is a great crit bike
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for that budget you can get a pretty decent bike, you just have to try a lot and choose which one feels right and I agree with the other post those accesories add up really fast!!good luck and enjoy which ever bike you end up getting..
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Hey guys, I got a supersix 5 105 for $1700, brand new. Do you think this was a good choice? Is this considered to be a good bike?

http://www.cannondale.com/2012/bikes...ix-5-105-21267
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Hey guys, I got a supersix 5 105 for $1700, brand new. Do you think this was a good choice? Is this considered to be a good bike?

http://www.cannondale.com/2012/bikes...ix-5-105-21267
1700 for that bike is not a bad price at all. I just got a cannondale a few weeks ago and love the crap out of it. only issue I had was a numb left hand (index finger). where did you buy the bike? I am in the OC.
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Took you an hour to choose a bike of your own...
Not a bad choice, some call this a "comfort bike", I ride a comfort(Giant Defy) bike too,& I Iove it.
While I'm not really looking to race, I may take my chances next year @ some of the bike week events.
I won't be able to hang with the pro's but I can probably hang with many of the public racers.
I hope to have a more aggressive geometry frame if I do feel ready to race a year from now.
My plan is to keep my Defy, & build up a Carbon frame like I did the Defy.

Enjoy your new bike, & ride it as much as you can to prepare yourself for racing.
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Im reading some stuff on carbon and alot of people are saying it is VERY fragile. Should I be concerned about this? Damn, I may want to return for the CAAD now. Is carbon really THAT delicate?

BTW, bike i got it at helens in santa monica.
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Originally Posted by Xhale12 View Post
Im reading some stuff on carbon and alot of people are saying it is VERY fragile. Should I be concerned about this? Damn, I may want to return for the CAAD now. Is carbon really THAT delicate?

BTW, bike i got it at helens in santa monica.
I wouldn't worry about that. if a carbon bike could brake at any moment, I wouldn't think would make bikes out of it. plus, cannondale has lifetime warranty on their frames.
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Originally Posted by Xhale12 View Post
Im reading some stuff on carbon and alot of people are saying it is VERY fragile. Should I be concerned about this? Damn, I may want to return for the CAAD now. Is carbon really THAT delicate?

BTW, bike i got it at helens in santa monica.
I wouldn't worry about it.
If it's good enough for the pros...(CF frames)
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