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7/13/10 1:08 P

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I'll pass the word around!

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7/13/10 10:29 A

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Don - glad you were smart enough to know better what you wanted and got that first. I went in looking for the Quick 6, Matt told me I didn't want that - too many problems with it. Rode the Quick 5 and loved it! but ended up having them special order the Quick 4 for me. Quite a nice upgrade from the 5 for not too many $$ more.

So again, if anyone knows someone looking... I am selling my Quick 4 (blue) cheaper than the 5's retail at... LOL what a deal emoticon

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7/13/10 9:57 A

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thanks Don! right now my initial goal is relearning to biek ride without constantly falling and looking like the agony of defeat.... my longterm goals ARE to be able to do hills and some off roading rides.. my short term goals.... To be able to ride around town and maybe compete is some local races next year... Personally after researching the cannondale's... i think they're the Mercedes of bikes! I SO WANT ONE!!! but i gotta be able to keep my butt on the bike before i spend that kind of dough...lol....

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7/12/10 9:15 P

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Chenango Point www.chenangopoint.com/ carries Cannondale and Specialized bicycles, both brands are pretty comparable. I remember when hunting for my bike I did NOT want the drop down handlebars as I didn't want to be all hunched over on my bike. However, the more feedback I got from experienced bikers, the more I realized for the long distance riding I wanted to do I would have to bite the bullet and go for a drop-down handlebar. Which I'm glad I did as they are more versatile than one might think.

However, as KOBEBROWN said, if your biking goals are local rides of 20 miles or less and you want to do offroad / mountain cycling also a hybrid would be your best bet. The two hybrids I was looking at before I took the plunge and jumped for a touring bike were the Cannondale Quick V www.cannondale.com/nzl/eng/Products/
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and the Specialized Globe Vienna (around $490) www.globebikes.com/us/en/globe/Globe
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The most important thing is to do your best to search your heart for what you believe your biking goals will be. Talk with Matt at Chenango Point and he will offer a wealth of information and you can feel free to take bikes out for a spin to see how they feel.

Don

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7/12/10 8:47 P

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LOL yeah they aren't cheap BUT they are nice and last a long time.

I am selling mine for $500 and it has a cateye computer (keeps track of time, distance, speed) so if you know anyone looking....

binghamton.craigslist.org/bik/183676
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7/12/10 7:24 P

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ok..looked into the cannondale pricing...one of my GF has one...$1000 is what she dropped on hers.. OUCH! Not looking for that right now.. but maybe in the future..I did look at the website and i will admidt.. I am DROOLING for one.. but hey.. I need a cheap bike first that i can fall off an beat up some relearning how to ride..lol...

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7/12/10 7:10 P

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thanks! i'm going to be checking them out tonight! and i did see some hybrids at both walmart and dick's sporting goods. :)

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7/12/10 4:07 P

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I think they are more than what you are looking to spend BUT is does sound like you might want a hybrid if you want to do any kind of off road or trails. The road bikes have those tiny little skinny tires that are strictly for roads. The nice thing about the hybrids are the tires are a little bigger and more meat to them than a road bike but not so big that is makes road riding difficult.
Like I said, cannondale may not be what you are looking for but Dicks and Walmart both carry hybrids I am sure.

Go to Cannondale.com and click on bikes and it will tell give you the options of road, recreation, racing etc. Click on each one and see what most sounds like it fits your needs then go from there. At least then when you go to the store you have an idea of what you may want to try out.

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7/12/10 3:51 P

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i want to be able to ride on the well.. and eventually off the road... does that makes sense???glad i asked.. because i have NO CLUE... how much does the canondale cost??? DO you have any links you can provide me?

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7/12/10 2:36 P

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Hello - I am not Don but I will add my 2 cents worth as I just went through this and now am again.

What kind of riding do you want to do? VERY important to nail this down first. This is my first year riding and was very uncomfortable with the "road" bike, with the drop down handle bars and how it felt so I researched for a few weeks and decided a hybrid was perfect for me. Bought a beautiful Cannondale Hybrid and loved it.... for about 2 months. That was April and now I am waiting for the 2011 models to come out to buy a road bike. Live and learn - the hard way. Mine is one of those you see on craigslist emoticon .

To tour around town or on short to 20 mile rides it is perfect. I've been longer like to Whitney Point and back. I loved the straight handle bars.

Now I am getting into longer rides and want more options to "move around" and postion to be comfortable as well as triathlon and this just isn't built for that. If money was no object I would keep it in a minute and just buy a new one but can't so..

Hope this helps. have a great afternoon!

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7/12/10 2:27 P

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i found this one at walmart: http://www.walmart.com/ip/26-Ladies-Schwin
n-Sidewinder-Bicycle/11089190?findingM
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and these one's at Dick's sporting goods: http://www.walmart.com/ip/26-Ladies-Schwin
n-Sidewinder-Bicycle/11089190?findingM
ethod=rr

Or would it be better to just go to a bike shop?? I'd say $150 would be at the top of our price range for now.... I just really need something to get me started that is NOT going to break.

Gwen

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7/12/10 2:06 P

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and i have no idea where to begin.. I did check out craigslist... But there was really nothing there... SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.....Any thoughts??? Don can you give me some ideas?

Gwen

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