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Old 07-17-06, 02:25 PM
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need advice on buying bike

I am totally new to bikes and not sure what to look for. I will mainly be using it for the road (concrete surface). I want to be able to use it for dirt tracks to and maybe some rougher terrain, but this most likely will be limited. I don't want to spend over $500. what should i be looking for in a good bike? Are there any other good bike forums on the internet i can asked experience people? Thanks guys!
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A decent bike for that money, you should check Craig's list. You will either need a mountain bike (with slicks) or some sort of hybrid if you are wanting road and dirt.
I visit bikeforums.net . A lot of threads there, depending on what type of bike you are looking for.
If you are inexperienced, you should go to a local bike shop for a fitting, even if you don't plan to buy there. If you get a bike that doesn't fit, you won't ride it.

Here is a recent thread on road bikes:

and some other threads:
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