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New rider, Please help me make a decision(6 posts)

New rider, Please help me make a decisionErnesto Montagnaro
May 14, 2002 5:18 PM
I have a dilemna. Being new to the sport I don't know much about bikes. I'd like to spend as little as possible. I am a female, 5', 110 lbs and physically fit. I can either spend $475 on a Fuji Ace se steel bike or $850 on a cannondale r500 feminine caad4 with carbon fork (The cannondale is a special price from someone I know). Both bikes are new. Keep in mind I need to spend money on all the other cycling necessities. I don't know if I'll even like the sport enough to warrant spending this much money. Female point of views are welcome.


Buy usedNessism
May 14, 2002 5:27 PM
Speaking from the perspective of someone that almost had to give away a super nice used bike because no one would buy it, try to find something used. You should be able to find something quite nice for $500-$600 if you take your time looking. And remember, the three most importants things to look for in a bike are fit, fit and fit.

Good luck.

re: New rider, Please help me make a decisionCarbon fiber fanatik
May 14, 2002 5:33 PM
Okay, I'm no female, but since you are eliciting opinions, here is mine. Buy a bike..! Buy any bike.! (well, except for department store crap) and ride.! You will be sore at first, tired, but once its in your blood, it will never leave. Hang around other cyclists, they tend to be some of the best ppl on this or any other planet. More good advice? go to your lbs and have your bike sized properly for you. That is of utmost importance. A poorly fitting bike will cause to to drop the sport/lifestyle quicker than a helmet full of bees. Do not be afraid to ask questions and get your new ride sized properly! Did I say that already? yup...see how important it is? Good luck..!
re: New rider, Please help me make a decisionMe Dot Org
May 14, 2002 8:07 PM
I would echo neccism's comment that the most important thing is fit, fit, fit. The object is to be a bike rider, not just a bike owner. The relationship between you and the bicycle (fit) is the most important thing.

Both bikes are good value. If you can, take a test ride on each. Does the frame wobble when you sprint or stand on the pedals? How does it feel when you're taking a corner fast? How does it feel when you climb? How does it feel over rough pavement? Does it beat you up? Which bike are you going to want to ride?

Yes, it can be an expensive hobby, but it really doesn't have to be - after the initial outlay for stuff. Bike maintenance is easy, and the stuff you can't do yourself is ususally pretty cheap.

Good luck with your choice. Ride both bikes. Listen to what your body tells you is the right choice.
Nancy, Check out Trek's WSD linespyderman
May 14, 2002 11:26 PM
Considering your size, you might try Trek's "Women Specific Design" line.

It might be a better fit than some of the others. You won't enjoy riding unless you have a bike that fits the best.

Don't worry, you'll find that spending money on cycling gets easier the more you become addicted.

re: New rider, Please help me make a decisionraboboy
May 15, 2002 6:40 AM
My wife is almost exactly your size and is also fit and new to the sport. She has the femme r500 and loves it. If it fits right (very important) I'd (and she) recommend that. That is a fantastic price if it is a 2002 or 2001.