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Getting back into cycling after a few years off: I feel lost

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Old 04-23-13, 08:31 AM
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Getting back into cycling after a few years off: I feel lost

About three years ago I was in a really bad accident, two weeks in the ICU- a month in a bed. Pretty ****ty. I thought I'd never bike again so I sold all my gear, and all of my bikes (I had a roadie, a mtb, and two fixed gears).

I've decided that I want to get back into cycling, but looking at what to buy is just crazy confusing. I don't remember being this confused when I started before, haha. Maybe I got dumb from that accident.

Can I get some suggestions for a ~$1200 entry-mid level road bike? What's the deal with groupos these days? 2200, Sora, Tiagra, 105, Dura? Still how it goes?

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How many bike shops are close to you? Since you have a budget, I would just go ride bikes in my budget and buy the one that fits or feels the best to you. All the big name brands at that price point are going to be similarly equipped, so it really comes down to feel / fit and how comfortable you are with the dealer.
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Tiagra and 105 are good components.
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Don't forget you need money for helmet, shoes, clothing, yada yada.
Jsharr is right, go check out what they got at the shops.
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Don't forget you need money for helmet, shoes, clothing, yada yada.
Jsharr is right, go check out what they got at the shops.
Thankfully I saved my helmet, jerseys, gloves, shoes and shorts. I didn't think anyone would want to buy used stuff that I've drenched in sweat countless times.
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Tiagra and 105 are good components.
Agree for the price range you're looking at. Also like others suggest if you can test ride a bike do so before buying.
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BTW, I was in the postion you were in a few years back. Started riding road again and still had an old 1988 Trek 1000 and wanted something newer. Had a budget around 1000 and was looking at Tiagra and 105 equipped bikes. Rode everything I could at several shops and ended up back on a Trek, as it just "felt" the best to me. Rode, Trek, Specialized, Cannondale, Felt, Orbea, KHS, Bianchi and probably a few others.

The Tiagra has been basically bulletproof, but I am a just a light recreational rider and have probably put less miles on the bike since new than many posters here put on a bike in a year. Spend some time thinking about the ergonomics, how the shifters work, etc. Try to ride Shimano, Campagnolo and Sram and then choose based on feel. Best of luck.
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