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help a noob find a road bike

Old 06-22-13, 09:07 PM
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help a noob find a road bike

I am thinking about taking up (sprint) triahtlons, but I'd like to upgrade from my 25 year old mountain bike. I think a good option is a beginning level road bike. I went to a two bike shops (living in western oklahoma, I don't have a "LBS"-- the nearest is about 70 miles) and got two suggestions: a Fuji Roubaix (105 on rear-- not sure of the rest) ($775) and a Cannondale CAAD 8 (Tiagra) ($800). I neglected to ask the year on either bike, but a little research convinced me the Fuji is a 2009 based on markings on the frame and the fact that it has no version number (The dealer told me this on a call-back. He wasn't sure of the year and suggested maybe 2010).

Can anyone advise me? Are there other options?


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I would highly recommend a road trip.
You can't get fitted or find an appropriate bike from a forum or from reading reviews.
Just make a day of it to a town that has some decent shops.
Best to get a budget in mind, then, be ready to spend another $500.
Good luck.

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If you don't know your size, find an LBS that will help you figure it out.

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