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Newbie Seeking Bike Advice(4 posts)

Newbie Seeking Bike AdviceLoneEagle
Apr 19, 2002 1:16 PM
I am looking to get back into riding after a 10 year break. I plan on riding a couple days a week, but never getting into competition.

What type of bike is recommended? I've been looking at the LeMond Tourmalet.

If I'm planning on buying used online, how do I figure out what size frame I need?
re: Newbie Seeking Bike Adviceeschelon
Apr 19, 2002 1:24 PM
I think if you are coming from a 10 year break...something must have inspired you to come back to cycling...a spark was kindled inside your soul. you obviously have to money to even consider getting yourself the Tourmalet.

I'd say stay away from the used lot if you have the fundage to get your future bike. People who usually buy used bikes, usually follow this route because it is the best way they can get the most for their money for the type of use they are looking for are desperate to stay away from new lower end POS bikes.

If you can do it, get the Tourmalet. I think it will definitly only add fire to your soul to keep on riding and who knows where this "kindled" interest of yours may lead.
re: Newbie Seeking Bike AdviceLigon
Apr 19, 2002 5:58 PM
If you are just getting back into riding the Tourmalet is probaly a good choice. I would not suggest going out and spending a bunch of money on something until you are sure it is something you are going to continue to enjoy. Get the Lemond and see if cycling is something that you want to get back into and then buy something a little nicer further down the road.

The worst part of buying online is finding a bike that fits. Do not buy a bike online unless you are absolutly sure that it fits well. But, you can get some killer deals buying a used bike online. I would suggest going to your local LBS and having them fit you. It may cost $50, but will be well worth it. There is nothing worse than having a bike that does not fit. If you don't feel like kicking out the $50 bucks there are some good websites that will help you with bike fit.

Good luck with your purchase,

Ligon
welcome backbianchi boy
Apr 19, 2002 7:02 PM
I started riding again two years ago after a similar layoff. Now I'm riding more than ever before. Be careful, though, because it can become addictive and pretty soon you'll be spending all of your spare money on new jerseys, stems, saddles, forks, frames, etc. The Lemond bikes are great values for the money if they fit. I found them too long across the top for me, but others like that geometry. What I like about LeMonds is that they're one of the few American bike companies that have continued to make quality steel frames (not counting all of the small frame makers and boutique brands). If you're dealing with a good bike shop, they should be able to fit you to a proper sized frame. If you're not sure about that, it's a good idea to pay for a professional fitting at a Serotta dealer or something comparable. I learned the hard way how important this is, and had to sell my first new bike in 15 years six months after I got it and replace it with something more comfortable.