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getting started?(7 posts)

getting started?nyedid
Mar 28, 2002 10:38 AM
well, i think i made a bit of a mistake posting this morning about frames and such. either way, i'd love some advice from some experienced riders about getting started in road riding. one person replied to my post regarding frames (ogling trek oclv stuff and trying to find a way to swing buying one) and said "why don't you just buy a trek 1000". and i guess i'm confused, because i have a few people here who i've been talking to who say that starting on a really nice bike is a great way to go because it's just better all around. so if someone could just give me their opinion straight-up about how best to get started road riding, i'd be grateful. thanks.
Here's howmr_spin
Mar 28, 2002 10:52 AM
Buy an affordable, basic bike in your size. Maybe it's new, maybe it's used. Then follow this carefully constructed plan:

1. Ride lots.

2. If a few months or a year from now you decide the bike isn't working for you for whatever reason, sell it. Buy a better one that more specifically suits your riding style and riding goals based on all the lessons you've learned so far.

3. Repeat as necessary.

Watch out with this program. Years from now you may find yourself sitting on top of a bike that costs more than your car. And it still won't be good enough.
Excellent plan!dzrider
Mar 28, 2002 12:45 PM
I would only add that a helmet, shorts, shoes and gloves should be included in the budget for a first bike. I tell people to buy shorts and a helmet first and spend the rest of the money on their bike!
A thought about accessoriestz
Mar 28, 2002 1:08 PM
dzrider is absolutely right about including accessories in your bike budget - those can cost you several hundred bucks. I would suggest you to start looking for a good saddle. Uncomfortable one can really ruin your cycling experience. Don't get upset by seats that don't fit - you may have to switch several of those, before you find the right one.
Good advice. I went same way a year agotz
Mar 28, 2002 1:02 PM
bought a cheap [steel frame, Sora components] bicycle, and started riding. Bought various accessories [saddle, clipless pedals, etc.] and clothing to make rides more comfortable. I still haven't outgrown my bicycle, but I only ride for fitness, and don't plan to race.
Don't invest your money into something that you know nothing about. It may turn out, that after step 1 of the training program mentioned in previous post you will quit because of sore butt/back/neck/knees.
find swap meets(nm)salmonwheel
Mar 28, 2002 3:55 PM
re: getting started?Wheat
Mar 29, 2002 3:09 PM
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