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Decisions, Decisions (Newbie needs help)(10 posts)

Decisions, Decisions (Newbie needs help)NewbieGirl
Aug 20, 2003 5:04 PM
I'm a newbie in need of buying advice. by no means am i at the level that you all are at but all the better reason for me to ask for your help. I've started looking for a fitness bike (commuting and weekend distance-riding). I went looking for a Giant Cypress SX but no luck.. instead i've been offered: Giant Cypress Pegasus (didn't like the gear action), Trek 1000 (smooth ride, great gear shifting, but derailed on my test drive!), and a Mikado (don't recall the name). Essentially, if someone could give me some techy terms to aim for (eg. alum vs cro-mo? What the %$^@^??) i'd be eternally grateful. The salesguys can smell me coming a mile away! Thx :)
re: Decisions, Decisions (Newbie needs help)filtersweep
Aug 20, 2003 5:46 PM
I'd stay away from a flat-barred "road bike" like the Cypress... oddly enough, they are not as comfortable as a regular road bike. I'd bump up your budget a bit and check out some of Specialized road bikes- my wife purchased one and received incredible bang for the buck (an Ultegra equipped bike for about $1000).
Lots to consider.cydswipe
Aug 20, 2003 5:53 PM
I'm guessing you already have a spending limit set. Now you have to test ride. Every poster on this board can tell you their favorites about everything from handlebar wrap to chamois butter. You need to find what suits you best. Test ride different materials. Get properly fit on the bike. Maybe you can save 'till next spring to buy your ride if the "carbon" is a little pricey now. I'd ask for catalogs from each company. You can sort of pick out which bikes to aim for. Any tech questions, ask away. Each question you ask narrows the search. Good Luck!
Lots to consider.spankdoggie
Aug 20, 2003 6:23 PM
Just go simple, and ignore the jackasses at the bike store. I hate all of them. Except for the dudes at City Cycle in San Francisco. Now those dudes are cool.

Beers and Centuries flow over there.
Too bad you don't live in San Francisco, because City Cycles is the best in the world.
NewbieGirl says thanksNewbieGirl
Aug 21, 2003 5:34 AM
Thanks for the advice. Actually, i waited until now to shop thinking that the end of the season (i live in Mtl, Canada) would bring the prices down. I was also under the impression that i should aim for Aluminium framing (not carbon, which is what i think you were referring to). I'm small (5'3" on a good day!) and looking for a bike that'll be easy on my knees (fitness pscycho/running fanatic) with good handling. It didn't occur to me to try out anything bu alum. I tried comparing specs but failed miserably (couldn't tell you if Shimano or Sora was better, anyways!). I'll keep reading other postings for guidance. BTW, great site. Thanks again, you guys/gals are great! :)
re: Decisions, Decisions (Newbie needs help)Spoiler
Aug 20, 2003 10:30 PM
If you liked the smooth ride of the Trek, that's what counts. Don't worry about it derailling. It just needs a simple adjustment. Many times, bike shops set up a bike quickly to get it out on the floor. They don't spend the time to get it perfectly adjusted. Let the shop know what happened, and they'll fix it.
Derailleurs are very easy to adjust, but you will never be able to fix a bike you aren't comfortable on.
Don't worry about the bike, find a good shop.MB1
Aug 21, 2003 4:42 AM
Sure the salespeople can smell you coming a mile away-you just need to find a shop where they still treat you with respect. Ask around for a shop that regular people (whose whole life isn't wrapped up in cycling) like.

Folks like us (cycling nut cases) prefer shops with lots of expensive and exotic stuff, that is not what you need. Try to find a shop that will listen to you and work with you on getting you set up the way you want. You may not end up with the perfect bike but you don't need the perfect bike-just a bike that is good enough to get you started well.

FWIW I like the Giant Cypress SX, it is a great bike for the money. The 2004 models are just starting to arrive in shops now so you might be able to find one soon.

One other poster mentioned that the flat bars like those on the Cypresss SX are not all that comfortable. I've found that to be pretty much true but it is really easy to find a set of short bar ends that will allow you to have another riding position making flat bars a lot more comfortable for longer rides.

My bottom line for new riders is always to try to find a shop that treats you well and wants to help you get started. In your first few months of riding you are going to really learn a lot about what works well for you. All you need to do when you start riding is be comfortable with your equipment and your shop.

In no time at all you will be an expert like us and can start answering newbie posts too.

Good luck.
Newbie Replies: Don't worry about the bike, find a good shop.NewbieGirl
Aug 21, 2003 5:43 AM
Thanks for the tips. Unfortunately for me i'm not sure that the 2004s will reach my area (i live in Montreal, CAN) b/c the season's almost over for us. I could be wrong (what do i know!). I went looking for the G Cypress SX b/c it got a high rating on Consumer Reports (i know, sounds cheesy, but it was a starting point for me). I'm eager to buy something before the season really ends. As i said in my prev reply, i'm looking for something light (easy on my battered knees) but steady. So i'll keep researching - the convos on this site are great even if i only understand 50% of what you guys are saying! Thanks again! :)
Montreal? We liked riding in Montreal-and the food was great. nmMB1
Aug 21, 2003 6:54 AM
Check out Marinoni, locally made in Montreal. nmBrooks
Aug 21, 2003 7:39 AM
nm means no message.