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10/4/10 12:42 P

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Liv2ride-I have a very similiar bike, the 7.3, and Ilove it. I put several hundred kilometres on it over country roads, and it handled everything I threw at it. I like the more upright riding position, too. Enjoy your new ride!

Persevere. Even if you fall on your face, you have moved forward.

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10/3/10 8:40 A

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Thank you to everyone who offered advice. On my last post I told you I knew exactly the bike I wanted. Well that's not the buy I bought. I ended up getting a TREK FX 7.1. The LBS Guy said it is a good starter bike for my goals and will tolerate the mileage I want to put on it. Today will be my first ride (once it warms up). I'm looking to put on 20 today to give it a test spin.

Kelly

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9/30/10 6:44 A

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I know exactly the bike I want. It's the Schwinn Searcher Sport. I found it at a LBS for $350 when the one I went to last week had it for $500. So I have a friend who "knows" them so he's going to go see if he can get it cheaper for me. I think for my first bike it's a good one that will allow me to put on lots of miles on both trails and limestone paths.

Thanks everyone for your advise and suggestions. I hope to get more into biking with this new bike. Who knows I may end up needing a more professional bike in the future but for now I think this works.

Kelly

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9/29/10 7:50 P

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Three years ago I bought a used road bike and paid $1000 for it. It is the perfect bike for me, and was in like new condition. I would have had to pay 3 or 4 times as much for a comparable quality new bike at a shop: I checked out the bike shops before buying.
I have put over 5000 miles on this bike, and I love it.
My advice, I guess, is know what you want, and if you can't find a good used bike, dig deep enough to get what you want. I think you'll be happier in the long run.

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9/29/10 6:53 P

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Used can be a good option when you know exactly what you want, need, and like in a bicycle.

For a first bike sticking with a bike shop is a good way to get into cycling.

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9/28/10 3:27 P

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Don't be afraid to look on Craigslist for a quality used bike, that's where I got mine. Do your research then look for used :).

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9/27/10 11:17 A

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I took advantage of the end of season sales and bought my first road bike this weekend. I am so excited! I get to pick it up later this week and can't wait.

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9/26/10 4:08 P

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Good bicycles are not cheap. When you consider the fact that the dollar exchange rate has taken a beating and that quality bicycles are not sold in high enough volumes to have the razor thin margins that mass merchant bikes have and its easy to see why bike shop bikes cost as much as they do.

On the other hand, in most ways bicycles are a bargain now. Even the $500 bikes today shift and stop better than anything available decades ago and are lighter than entry level bikes have ever been.

You should certainly shop around but I think you will find that the other shops won't be significantly cheaper.

Even though bicycles are not cheap they are long term investment. When you divide the cost by the amount of time and enjoyment you get out of they they are one of the best values in recreation, fitness, and socializing.

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9/26/10 8:44 A

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Well, I went to the LBS yesterday. emoticon They really like their bikes. They only had TREK there so no other options. The first bike he showed me was $600!! REALLY!???! Maybe I'm a bit naive but that's outrageous. Then he showed me a "stripped down model" for $500. They had nothing on sale or on closeout either. I said thanks but I'll keep looking. I'm sure TREK isn't the only bike. There is another bike shop where my DH works. I'll check them out. Their website shows TREK, Schwinn, GT, Carbondale etc. I'm not a professional cyclist. So I think something mid-level will be fine.

Kelly

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9/25/10 5:04 P

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I had been looking for a bike since last March and finally found one in August. Due to the recession, last year they did not produce enough bikes. (Especially women's specific.)

2011 models are coming out now. Should be more to choose from. You may be able to get a good deal on a 2010 model right now if you can find one that fits you.

My only words of advice is get what YOU want, not what your bike shop wants to sell you. I've seen friends spend thousands on bikes that don't have the gearing they need or have a ill fitting frame, just because that's what was at the bike shop. Take your time. It's a big investment. The wrong bike can be uncomfortable or could injure you.

I ended up with a Specialized Ruby Expert. Love it!

...and then in the middle of everything, you realize you're alive right now, and the time to live is right now!


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9/23/10 4:07 P

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I do see more sales at the end of season (for those of us living in places with 4 seasons). There are new models every year for bikes just like cars so bargains are available.
The best decision I made when buying my bikes was to choose my LBS. The support and tips they have given me has added to my passion for the sport.
Hope you find a wonderful ride!

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9/23/10 12:35 P

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There is more wiggle room now, especially if you live in a climate with winter. Don't be afraid to ask for more discount than is posted. They want to move the inventory before they keep it all winter. On the downside, there is much less selection this time of year than in the spring. Good luck with your search for a new bike.

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9/23/10 7:04 A

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When is a good time to shop for a bike? I thought that now being the "end of the season" would be a good time for deals. Any suggestions?

Kelly

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