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new rider(3 posts)

new riderhaze
Jan 1, 2002 8:54 AM
anybody! i'm interested in getting a road bike to begin riding, yet i've got no clue where to start. i've been to a few shops but each shop tells me there brand is the best...what to do? cannondale, trek, specialized,etc?
re: new riderfuzzybunnies
Jan 1, 2002 10:00 AM
answer is dependant on what your price range is. For a lower priced bike in the 600. range trek can be good but thier 800. bike isn't worth the money since you're paying extra at this point for an american made frame. Specialized will usually have some fairly nice bikes above this range. At 1400. and 1800. the new raleigh's are the best in my opinion. For someone new you might not want to go over 1000.-1200 unless you're certain road riding is for you. Russ
re: new riderMe Dot Org
Jan 1, 2002 7:47 PM
The short answer is the best bicycle is the one that fits you best. Bike manufacturers are very competitive. You might find one with a slightly better component mix, but if the frame doesn't fit the way you ride it doesn't make much difference.

So ride several bikes. Take it up a hill, pedal hard. Does the frame flex? Take some corners fast. Does it feel skitterish? Is it comfortable? LISTEN to your body. Go to a shop that takes the time to fit you right.

Good Luck!