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Wondering what to look for in a new bicycle(3 posts)

Wondering what to look for in a new bicyclecyclenewbie
Aug 14, 2003 6:49 AM
I've been riding a Novara Strada (with triple crank and full 105 components) for a couple of years (bought it without doing much research) and am now looking to upgrade. Looking to spend around $1200 on a new one. I don't race, just ride around hilly Austin. Just wondering what to look for in getting the most for my $$$. Steel or Aluminum frame? Stay with triple 105 or go to double ultegra? Concentrate on a better frame with good components or a good frame with better components? Any advice? Thanks!
you must knowmohair_chair
Aug 14, 2003 7:09 AM
Why do you want to upgrade when you have a perfectly good bike?

The answer to that question is the answer to your question.

Certainly there must be things you like about your bike and things you don't, so there's your starting point. You have the huge advantage of not starting from scratch like many other people. Make a list.
Hate the components? Get better components.
Hate the geometry? Get different geometry.
Hate steel frames? Get titanium, carbon, or aluminum.
You're in the transition zoneKerry Irons
Aug 14, 2003 5:15 PM
At your price point, a little shopping could net you a mighty fine used bike with a lot better frame and components than a new bike. Especially in a town like Austin where there are college kids looking to raise money, etc. Alternatively start cruising the web. A two year old $3K bike might be found for about $1200.