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Newbie questionHillaryClinton
Jun 6, 2003 7:48 AM
I'm new to road biking, although I have been a MTBer for years. What's the best bike to buy to get into road riding? Should I get steel or aluminum or what? I hear carbon fiber is nice.

Should I buy new or used? I want to spend less than $400, and I won't be racing. Actually, I will be, but that's later, I have a race scheduled for 2008, and I plan to win.

I've heard great things about this site! I understand you have a policy of NO personal attacks, so I should feel very welcome here!

All help appreciated!

Oops. You started off on the wrong foot.Kristin
Jun 6, 2003 7:56 AM
Please post this in the General Discussion group. This is the NON-cyling Discussion board and is used only for political discussion. You can post political topics here, but it may be a little out of your league.
Nice shot Kristin! :O) You go girl!!! nmLive Steam
Jun 6, 2003 1:21 PM
yes, a side of Kristin we don't see very often ;-) nmDougSloan
Jun 6, 2003 2:30 PM
Hi, Hillary! Welcome aboard!moneyman
Jun 6, 2003 8:23 AM
Best advice to give you - Take that $400, give it your friends at Tyson and let them work their magic in the commodities market. After about a year, you should be able to not only buy a nice bike, like a Colnago C40, but also sponsor a team of really fit men all riding C40s!

Just thought I'd help! Good luck in your race!

BTW - Races are always tougher than they seem!

Jun 6, 2003 10:49 AM
Nice to hear from you.

Actually, with all the money generated from your book deals, assuming it won't all be donated to charities and the party, you could spend far more than $400 for a bike. However, I could understand your desire not to be seen on a bike that might well be ridden by rich yuppies.

I would think that you would benefit from an American, union made, choice. Not sure what to recommend. While your political ideology roots might well compel you to an Airborne frame, it just would not look good to your constiuency. We must consider these things, right?

I would be loathe to suggest that your racing plans are futile, as certainly anyone can enter. However, getting dropped is a huge blow to the ego, and getting dropped in some races can cause you to be pulled from the race early on.

While racing is really about the rider, not the bike, you'll need every increment of performance you can get, so I'd suggest something along the line of a superlight Trek 5900 with Zipp 404 tubular wheels. The US Postal paint scheme would be nice. It would look particularly well suited to the rack on your Chevy Suburban. Oh, and you could easily find plenty of matching bikes for your government-provided domestiques riding with you.