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can't decide(6 posts)

can't decideEdward515
Aug 10, 2002 12:18 PM
hey i'm relatively new top the sport and i am looking to but my first road bike, i have been borrowing a friend's for a month or so and i love riding. For my first bike i would like to stay under 600$ and i can't decide between a Trek 1000, or a Giant OCR3, what would you decide or are there any better bikes out there for under 600? thanks, ed
re: can't decide... but you're on the right track...Akirasho
Aug 10, 2002 1:10 PM
... You've set a budget... and have ridden a friend's bike (didn't say what model)... which gives you some information for compare and contrast...

Have you test ridden both the Trek and Giant?? That'd be my next step... to see what "qualities" appeal to your sensibilities (indeed, that's what most of us end up doing... listening and learning, but ultimately, it boils down to what works for each individual... even those who prefer Campy over Shimano (settle down boyz und gurlz... that was a joke).

I'm unfamiliar with other bikes at that price point... but there are more on the market than even a year ago (better for the consumer)... just make sure that you're dealing with a reputable bike shop for your first purchase (and make sure it FITS!!!)... and if possible... pad the budget a bit (for extras like helmet, shorts, pump... or if something slightly more expensive strikes your fancy (you might have to save just a bit more... or eat a bit less)).

Good luck Ed, and welcome to the club!

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re: can't decidedavee
Aug 10, 2002 1:31 PM
You should also check the review section of this board for the bikes you are interested in. Good luck

Trek and Giant are two of the most popular.Spoke Wrench
Aug 11, 2002 6:38 AM
I'd try to find a dealer who could set me up for a test ride on each of them. My bet is that one or the other will "sing" to you, probably because you fit a little better on that bike.
re: can't decideGMS
Aug 11, 2002 7:50 AM
I like the OCR in this case because it is very forgiving in sizing. You can adjust the handlebars a large amount, which is very helpful when you realize after 2 weeks of riding that the handlebars are way too low and/or far away from you.
re:Try Fuji?TommyRides
Aug 12, 2002 5:12 AM
I've never ridden one, but the new Fuji's look pretty nice and the pricing is not bad. My LBS carries them along with Devinci (which I bought) and he spoke pretty highly of them. He also carries Lemond and some other high end Italian frames.

Worth a look at least if you can find them.

Good luck.