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5/12/08 10:50 A

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Thanks for all this helpful information!!
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4/16/08 3:00 P

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Congratulations! Looks like a great bike that you will enjoy for years to come. Let us know how you're doing from time-to-time

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4/16/08 1:53 P

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TWERPSTER:
Congrats on the bike! It's weird how you know which bike's perfectly right for you... I just knew with both of mine. And you always get a little more bike than planned - I know now to set a budget but have a little flexibility upwards!

Happy riding! Oh, don't forget to learn how to fix a flat....

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4/16/08 12:23 P

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Congrats!
When you find the "one" you just know. I had the same experience and got a little more bike than I had planned, but I'm going on my second year with it now and no regrets. I ended up w. a Bianchi (yes it looks like toothpaste on wheels) after trying 8 different brands and I was hooked.

Now you get to play all summer with the new toy. One of the great things about switching from Mt. to road bike is the speed. Those things cruise! If you haven't already, get a bike computer (now you can get them wireless) so you can track your speed and mileage. As you start doing longer routes, and especially if you're navigating bike travel, they become invaluable. Enjoy the new wheels!


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4/16/08 11:53 A

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Congrats! I felt like that when I got my Madone, but I love it and enjoy riding it. So it doesn't matter it's more bike than I need--I am using it, and that's what's important.

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4/16/08 11:32 A

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Hey there,
I wanted to check back in and thank all of you for your input! After following your advice to ride tons of bikes and talk with the LBS gurus I finally made my big purchase. I picked up a full carbon Orbea Onyx Dama. www.orbea-usa.com/fly.aspx?mid=a200&
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She has full Ultegra and a very nice wheel set. In all honesty, she is more bike than I will ever need. But I am in love with this bike. I have my fitting at the shop on Friday, but have already been out riding a few times. She really flys! I'm still getting the hang of clipless pedals, but it's not as bad as I thought it would be.

Thanks again for your help!

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2/15/08 10:44 P

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I recommend just going in, getting fitted and testing a ton of bikes. :)

My bike is a Giant OCR-1w and I love,love,love it. But the right bike is always the right bike FOR YOU.

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2/10/08 8:51 P

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I definitely recommend looking into women's specific frames. I'm 5'3", and I've had a Specialized Dolce for a little over 3 years now. It took me from basically starting out, to now racing collegiate. I'll eventually upgrade, but for what you describe it'd be perfectly fine. Mine only cost about $800. I also recently rode one of the LeMonde bikes, and I loved the feel of it. LeMonde and Giant are both good options for better components at lower prices (My boyfriend just got a Giant as his first road bike and really likes it). Also make sure to try out a bunch of bikes, but most importantly, get your bike fit properly!

You're also going to want to invest in a pair of two of cycling shorts (the padding is vital!), and probably sooner rather than later, clipless pedals and shoes. I recommend starting out with mountain bike shoes because they're easier to walk around in (they have cleats), and if you get the Sidi brand mb shoes, they cleat location is in the same place as their road pedals.

If you have any more questions, feel free to send me a message or post a comment on my spark page. I'd be more than happy to help!

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2/10/08 8:07 P

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another option for you is to get a decent bike and upgrade the components as you see fit...such as, you can buy an aluminum frame with carbon forks and or mixed match aluminum with carbon to cut cown on the cost..."from whatever maker", with just the basic stock components, then add your own upgrades in the future...For example, when I got my first bike it was a specialized race bike...I got for about $1,000 with all 105 Shimono components and a basic stock wheel set, over the last three years I ended up replacing all of the 105 components with Dura Ace, got better Mavic wheel sets, S works carbon bars, and a Giant brand carbon stem...over time you can basically spread your payments out little by little, as you switch to more lighter and accurate components...but thatís what I did, that bike is now my training bike and is still going strong =)


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2/10/08 6:40 P

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Thanks Drummer,
I did stop by a shop and liked the sound/specs of one of the Jamis bikes. I will definitely take the advice to test ride many bikes. I keep hearing different things about the importance of carbon fiber frames.

Right now my riding plans include improving my endurance and time. At the very least I will be doing a few short (10 mile) races, a Tri (also 10mile bike) and a 60 mile ride this summer. I do not expect to be very competitive with anyone other than myself this year. But who know where it will lead right? About 20 years ago I spent 2 months biking through New Zealand and really loved covering long distances. I wasn't racing - but the idea of long distance racing crosses my mind. I'm hoping the 60 mile ride this summer (Alaska Clean Air Challenge) will help me figure out what kind of cycling I most enjoy.

Anyway - that is a long winded answer for "I'm not really sure what kind of riding in the future". I don't really have the money for the kind of trial and error you are talking about - so I'm willing to dish out a bit more for a bike that might be more than I need right now, if it allows for growth in the future.

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2/4/08 9:02 P

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Giants are very nice and have great comfort...I have two carbon Giants... a TCR-Zero, and the other a TCR-Advanced, I also have a Giant cyclo-cross bike for winter...But, it all depends on what you are riding your bike for, and what your main goal(s) for cycling is at that time in life when choosing your bike, I do long distance racing, and right now as the season is starting up I am on my bike 25 hours a week...My team is sponsored by Giant so I get them for next to nothing...I do have a Orbea carbon race/road bike which is much stiffer than my Giants, but its a great climbing bike...I also have a specialized race bike which I use for training now but its a great descending bike, so its kind of hard to tell which bike really works for you until you've put a couple hundred miles on it...its alot of trial and error...and can get very expensive

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1/25/08 1:51 P

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I have a Trek Madone, which I love. I am 5'3" female, and ride a 52 cm frame (not women's specific). Go to the bike shop, test ride several--it will help you with motivation as you are waiting to choose your bike! Make it a winter project.

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1/24/08 12:05 A

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Thanks for all the insight! I'm going to do a little research on-line based on your tips and then try and hit the shops this weekend. I like the suggestion to keep an eye out for used bikes too - maybe I'll find a killer deal on craigslist. Thanks again!

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I'm on a Ridley now, but I'm a big fan of Giant when it comes to the road bikes. More bang for your buck. Giant makes most of the frames for other companies, anyways. But go with what you are comfy riding.. test ride as many as you can, if you have different shops in your area, go to all of them. Don't disregard used ones, either. Like I recently sold my Giant OCR C3. I just wanted to upgrade to my current ride. But the bike was awesome and now belongs to a lady that could not have afforded it brand new, but was able to buy it used, but not abused in any way. She's one happy camper!

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1/23/08 2:11 P

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This may be a bit out of the $1500 range brand new, but I just had to mention the Ibis Silk:

http://ibiscycles.com/road/

I think you can hang their bikes on your living room wall as art. Anyway, it is fully carbon. The company is awesome. (I ride the mountain bike).


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Interesting that lots of people like the Giant bikes - I really didn't like the ride when I was trying them out! I'm a Fuji boy, me, for both my road and cross bikes.

Totally agree with KGEFFE about going to several shops. Chat to the staff, chat to your MTB friends, and ride as many bikes as possible! Even the $5000 ones. Don't get suckered into a bike that doesn't feel right to you but for $1500 you're looking at quite a nice range of bikes.

What are you planning on doing with the bike? Road? Triathlon/TT? Cyclocross? Those sorts of goals will narrow the choice significantly. I'm a firm believer that a cross bike is one of the best all-around bikes out there.


In God we trust, all others bring data.
- W. Edwards Demings

If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.
-P.Z. Pearce

Specificity, specificity, specificity.
-Andy Coggan

The plural of "anecdote" is not "data".
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I would suggest that you go to several bike shops. Talk to the employees. See which ones you feel comfortable with. Don't buy from ones that push you to a specific bike without first discussing your riding skills and goals. Don't buy if they won't let you test ride a bike or a similar model. If they seem to ignore you, don't buy from them. For $1500 or less, you should be able to find a lot of nice bikes. You may also find a good used bike. More bike for your money. I also ride OCR's by Giant. I really like them. I'm on my 3rd one now. Always upgrading. My bike is worth more than my car.

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Congratulations KIRSTENR on getting another bike!! I have two: a road bike and a recumbent. Iím sure you can find a bike within your budget. You might look into women specific frames. They are sized for women especially for a petite frame. Terry makes women bikes. http://www.terrybicycles.com/ Lemond also has women sized bikes: http://lemondbikes.com/bikes/womens/ BTW I ride a Lemond road bike but not a womenís bike. It seems that many bike manufactures do have a women sized line of bikes.

I think youíll find that everyone has an opinion about whatís the best bike. But the bottom line comes down to what you like, what feels comfortable for you. So I suggest you go to a few local bike shops and find one you like and who will work with you to find the bike you want. See if they will let you take a bike for a few hours test ride, not just down the block or around the parking lot.


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1/23/08 10:19 A

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Kirstenr,
I just got my first road bike last summer - I got a Giant OCR (I think mines a OCR 2 or 3) They have 3 tiers; 1, 2 or 3 - the difference being little upgrades, like the wheelsets, shifting compenents etc.
Even the OCR 1 is under $1500. They have them in women's sizes too. I've enjoyed my bike so far, and I haven't had any problems. I rode it for the MS 150 last year and it help up well!
Good luck!

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1/23/08 10:02 A

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If I meet my spring goals I am planning to pick up a road bike in April. I've been on a mountain bike for years now. I really do not have much road bike experience. Does anyone have some brand/model suggestions? I am fairly short (5'1"), so looking for a frame that accomodates that. I'd like to continue to get more into competition, but don't need professional racing quality. I'm not sure what I should expect to pay, but was hoping to stay under $1500.

Any help would be awesome - I'd like to have a vision of my "goal" cycle to keep me motivated in my training.

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