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?
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.
My two cents.
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