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Needy Newbie(4 posts)

Needy Newbiegoosebot
Sep 4, 2003 4:20 PM
Hi all,

People like me probably come a dime-a-dozen here, but here goes. I just recently (a month ago) got into cycling. I'm riding an ancient Nishiki Comp II that I revived, doing about 150 miles of mild, interval climbs and relatively easy riding a week. So basically, the bike is too small (makes me wish I had noticed before resaddling... arg), and I'm starting to browse the bike market for when I get better.
Are there any "value" cycles anyone can recommend me? By value I don't mean spending an arm and a leg for a Trek 5900. You know, like what I get per dollar. A friend of mine recommended the '03 Felt 65, saying that it's a good frame with good components (Shimano 105) and reasonable price (1k retail).
Can anyone help? Thanks.
Consider going usedKerry Irons
Sep 4, 2003 4:53 PM
You can get a lot of bike in a 2 year old used model, and learn a lot more about what you like and don't like. Then, when you've got your position dialed in, know how much you're going to ride, etc. you can plunk down the serious cash on the "perfect" bike. For now, your best value at the $1K price point is a used machine.
I disagree that 'best value' is necessarily used...Steve_0
Sep 5, 2003 3:38 AM
A used bike has a lot of compromises....often imperfect fit, worn rubber, worn componenets, no warrenty, (possibly) no LBS service agreement, (possibly) compromised structural integrity.

Trek, felt, raleigh, KHS, plenty of options aroudn 1k which are well equipped. It certainly wont have DA, but who cares? The only people who really benefit from DA are the Shimano marketing types.
Shop display bikes are often good values.dzrider
Sep 5, 2003 4:57 AM
If you're in a cold part of the country October thru March are pretty slow and shops often want old bikes they can't stock off the floor. Take a look at the Pinarello Paris for sale at for an example.