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2/26/09 4:37 P

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That's a good point, especially since you ride with your kids. You need to be able to react without worrying about falling! I think the bikes you are looking at are good options for you, and you will be comfortable on then.

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2/26/09 2:59 P

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For my goals, I think this can be my forever bike.

The LBS didn't have any used bikes in my size. I am still nervous on a bike and I hope that getting a bike fitted for me will ease some of it. My old bike is close to but not my size really. The few pangs of pain in my knee after riding last fall, I thought were due to inexperience. I took the bike to another LBS and they said my said was still too low and that's what the knee pain was. The pain only lasted a short time after riding and then it went away. Once they adjusted it, the handlebar seems SO FAR away. I have to hunch over more than on the Cannondale.

I wanted a hybrid or cyclocross but the cyclocross bikes start at $700.

The guy at one of my LBS said that because I was new to cycling and not comfortable, the hybrid would be better. It allowas me to sit more upright and I can look around more, especially if I am riding with my kids.


Lovey

Edited by: TDSLOVEY at: 2/26/2009 (15:02)
2013 Goals:
- lose 50lbs
-stay consistent in my workouts
-strengthen my recently broken ankle

2012 Accomplishments:
-cosistent training after healing from a stress fracture in my foot
-completed a 10 miler, 10K and a half marathon
-sorry my year ended in Maym 2 weeks after my half marathon when I crash on my bike shattering my ankle. I had surgery and ortho put in 8 screws and a plate.



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2/26/09 2:28 P

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I'd consider a used bike at a LBS.. more bang for your buck. Ever try a cyclocross bike? They're nifty and very versatile.

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2/26/09 12:56 P

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I bought the Cannondale Quick for Winter Riding and love how it rides through puddles, gravel and the stuff that was sort of scary on my Synapse (road bike)
I think you should go for a new bike instead of all the upgrades.

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DRC2205's Photo DRC2205 Posts: 8,845
2/26/09 11:37 A

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Have you checked with any of the LBS for used bikes? Or with any members of your club who are upgrading their own bikes? I ask because you might be able to get a higher quality bike for the same money, or a a similar bike for less. I only mention that because you don't seem to feel that whatever you buy will be your "forever" bike--you just want to get through a few seasons.

But to answer your original question, I would buy something--it isn't worth upgrading the "free" bike anymore. And then keep the first bike in reasonable condition so you can ride with friends who don't have bikes. *grin*

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2/26/09 10:08 A

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yeah if you are looking at that many upgrades on a old bike you will never regret getting a new one for sure

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2/26/09 9:00 A

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I like the Cannondale bikes you list. Wish we could see the specs to ensure they are fit for trail riding.
Hard to believe you can get a Cannondale bike with carbon fork for $500.
If these are not suited for trail riding my suggestion is to get a hard tail (no rear suspension) light weight mountain bike and put high pressure road tires on it.

You can always look for a good quality used hybrid or mountain. You'll get a lot of bike for your $500.
You can sell that one for what you paid if you ever want to upgrade in the future.

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2/26/09 8:49 A

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Yes! Get the new one if you can. There's a world of difference between the 100-300 dollar range bikes and the 300-700 range. You'll be spending more at first, but DANG IT! YOU are WORTH it!
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Plus, it's almost spring, and let me tell ya, ain't much nicer than peddlin' around on a new bike during a beautiful spring day!
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2/26/09 6:52 A

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i would definately but a new buy. everything will be new on it, you won't have to put anything into it for a while. that old bike worn parts are more expensive then the bike is worth. AND if you ever got a flat on it, you would be sunk!

even if the new bike is heavy, it wil be much better for you. be sure (like many on have said in the past) that the bike fits you.



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2/25/09 11:47 P

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Hi,
I know I've asked this question before but I hope you guys can help me again.


I have that old mountain bike (Sabre Murray) someone gave me for free. It is an inexpensive bike that retails for about $160-$180. I spent $100 to tune it up. I replaced the pedals for $15 and the cables $40. My first sprint triathlon is in August and it is strongly recommended that I change the mountain tires to smoother tires which is about $60 to $75 for both. The bike doesn't have quick release, it needs a wrench to take the wheel off to change a flat. If I want to get quick release, I can or I may have to change the wheel altogether because the bike is so old. The wheels would be around $60 to $75 for both.

I have been looking at bikes on a budget. I can't afford to spend too much. I wanted to stay around $500. I want to ride for fitness on roads or trail, family rides and 1 (2 max ) sprint and/or mini triathlons per year. No desire or time to do more.

I found a bike I like at Princeton Sports. It looks like a hybrid but the company has it as recreational. There are 3 makes of the same model ranging from $420 to $600. It's the Cannondale Quick Feminine 4, 5 and 6.

www.cannondale.com/bikes/09/cusa/mod
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My question

1. Should I keep my old bike and just spend the $120 to $175 to upgrade it or go for the new bike?

The costs are rough estimate based on what the various bike shops told me. It might even end up being higher.

Lovey

Edited by: TDSLOVEY at: 2/25/2009 (23:49)
2013 Goals:
- lose 50lbs
-stay consistent in my workouts
-strengthen my recently broken ankle

2012 Accomplishments:
-cosistent training after healing from a stress fracture in my foot
-completed a 10 miler, 10K and a half marathon
-sorry my year ended in Maym 2 weeks after my half marathon when I crash on my bike shattering my ankle. I had surgery and ortho put in 8 screws and a plate.



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