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2/24/11 12:50 P

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I agree with a good fitting. It makes no difference how expensive or cheap a bike is....if it doesn't fit, you can injure yourself and you certainly will not get the maximum benefits for your efforts.
Try several different brands of bikes and remember that price is not always the best indicator of the quality of a bike.

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2/20/11 5:10 P

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I recommend that you go to a good bike store and get measured first before you even think of a bike. Then they can steer you to a few that might work particularly well for you. This may narrow your search considerably. Then I would get on the bike and see how they feel.

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2/20/11 1:09 P

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Getting measured and getting fit properly after you buy your bike is extremely important. But it's also important to test ride some different bikes out on the road first. It's funny, but you will be able to tell a difference in the different brands and the different levels of bikes within each brand...and hopefully, one will just feel right. You will see. Then it will be important to get it tweaked perfectly for you.
I bought a hybrid bike years ago and test rode a number of different bikes. When I got on the bike I ended up buying, I knew it just felt right, and none of the other ones did. But remember that a road bike will feel very different than a hybrid. So don't compare the fit and comfort to your current bike. Try to find the road bike that feels the best.
Good luck in your search. Very exciting!

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2/20/11 9:28 A

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My advise to you - get measured. Get the bike on a trainer and spin on it in the store. I disagree with you that you don't get a good idea in 15 min. Some bike stores (usually independently owned) MIGHT let you borrow the bike for a day.

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2/20/11 9:25 A

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I'm looking into buying a road bike that I'll be using for long distance riding and triathlons. I've currently got a Trek 7.3FX,(hybrid) which has served me well for many years, but I'm now looking to take the next step and get a roadie.

I'm interested to know what kind of bike to you have? What factors helped you decide to buy your bike?

The trouble I'm having is that I can't predict how a 10-15 minute test ride will translate into how I'll feel on the bike after 2-3 hours. Any advice?

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