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Old 02-19-2013, 05:03 PM   #1
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got hooked time to buy a new bike

a little history on me. Bought a Mt. Bike from BD two years ago. I wanted the big fat comfy tires and the cooshy front fork. Used this bike to lose weight. After a summer of riding that bike I bought a Mirage pro from BD in October of 2011. I have since put over 2,000 miles on that Bike.

It turns out I love road biking & group rides. I did my first century ride last year and loved it!! Also competed in my first triathlon last year. (running is not as much fun as biking).

So now I am ready to go about buying a bike the right way. The purchase will be from a bike shop. This shop organizes most of the group rides I participate in. I am looking for some advice from those that have been doing this longer than I have. What questions should I be asking? I know they are going to help me get the right size bike. What should my expectations be from the bike shop?

looking at Cannondale caad10 & super six



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Old 02-19-2013, 05:52 PM   #2
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no idea but don;t forget to try out recumbent bikes too.

i have a bacchetta strada and it is unbelievable how much of a comfort difference there is between a recumbent and a normal bike



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Old 02-19-2013, 06:20 PM   #3
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If you have money to burn the Super Six. If not the CAAD 10 is just as good if not better.

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Pro's & Cons of alum frame compared to carbon are?

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I've ridden both and I can say for sure that carbon is much better at absorbing the road imperfections. If you ride smooth roads don't worry about it, save your money and go with the aluminum.

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no idea on that part either. my recumbent has carbon forks but i cannot tell the difference between how they feel versus regular forks

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My purchase won't be a recumbent. I am gonna use this 4 group rides, century rides, duathlon's & triathlons

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My purchase won't be a recumbent. I am gonna use this 4 group rides, century rides, duathlon's & triathlons
a tad off subject here but Duathlon.. Is that triathlon minus the swimming?
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Welcome to the forums!

I'm still not sold on carbon. A few members on this site have had less than stellar experiences with it. I'd save my cash and go with the less brittle option.

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I have a CAAD 9. I have ridden many miles and have zero complaints about the bike and riding comfort. You would also be surprised that the Caad is lighter than most carbon bikes in its price range. The Caad is an excellant choice for what you are looking for.

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