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Old 06-22-11, 09:36 PM
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Need advice!

I would like to buy a road bike. I use to spin for few years on daily basis and would like to take it outside. I have a group to cycle with but need a bike. What should I look for? I looked on Craigs list and there was nothing that cought my eye in my area. I live in Harlingen, Texas. Any suggestion? Anybody wants to upgrade and want to sell?
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Old 06-23-11, 08:15 AM
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My suggestion to you is to first figure out what kind of riding you are going to do and then figure out your price range. Once you do that go to the local bike shops in your area and test ride. Road bikes come in many different flavors so you really need to figure out how you are going to ride.
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Old 06-23-11, 11:40 AM
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@ppena's got it right. Now that you know you want a road bike, the best thing to do is get out there and start trying them out. Eventually you'll figure out which type is right for you. There are two broad geometries: race oriented (Specialized Tarmac, Cannondale CAAD) which require a bit more flexibility and put the rider in a more aggressive position and relaxed geometry (Cannondale Synapse, Specialized Secteur) which allow the rider to be a bit more upright. The more you test ride, the better an idea you will have which one you want.

Personally I wouldn't spend more than a grand on your first bike. After a while you'll learn exactly what you want in terms of geometry and group set and have a better idea of what to get on the next model.

Have you been to Wally's in McAllen? I've only been there once, but it seemed like quite a good LBS. Also Bicycle World in McAllen.

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Wally's is my next step. I have only weekends to do it so after this weekend I might have an answer. Thank you both for comments! Very much appreciated!
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Bikes direct

Biked direct has a lot of bikes at good prices.
You can learn about components, wheels and types of bikes.
Visit the web sites of Trek, Cannondale, Specialized and others.
Before you get on the road get a helmet.

www.bikesdirect.com
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Ok. So I bought a bike. It seemed like a good occasion. 2004 Specialized Allez Comp aluminium with carbon fork.Wheels Ksyrion and shimano components I got it for 500$ while in Austin on weekend. Let me know what you think! Oh and yes! I bought helmet too!

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