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2007-12-31 8:14 AM


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Subject: Looking to buy an inexpensive, small, and entry-level bicycle
Hello everyone!

I am very new to the world of triathlons...I have not competed in one yet... I am hoping to compete in one in the summer of 2008

I am about 5 feet tall and I am looking to buy an entry-level road bike. I live in Toronto, Ontario. Anyone out there selling a bike? I am willing to spend about $500. I realize that to some of you that sounds really cheap and unrealistic, but I am really not trying to break the bank. I am just looking to "tri" something new!

Thank you for tips or words of advice you can offer.


2007-12-31 1:10 PM
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Subject: RE: Looking to buy an inexpensive, small, and entry-level bicycle
My friend's daughter got a motobecane bike off ebay. It was aluminum, had aero bars, spd pedals and tiagra components. It was $497 plus $40 shipping, since it is by mail you would have to put it together yourself or take it to the LBS.

Good luck, hope you find the bike you need.

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2008-01-03 1:01 PM
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I wish you the best of luck on your quest. I'm 4'11" and I had a brutal time finding a bike that fit me. I'm doing my first tri this year, so I'm not even going to look for a racing bike yet...I'm going to stick with the hybrid that I have, and if I become hooked...then the new challenge is on.

My biggest challenge was trying to find a shop that would even make the effort to see if any manufacturers made bikes to fit me. I did pay more than $500 in the end.
2008-01-05 9:15 AM
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Yeah Crys,

I am starting to think that it may come to that...

Someone's sent me this link:

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/miragesport.htm


It's a 44cm frame bike and the price seems alright. But then the exchange, taxes and the shipping needs to be added...

I will email them to see what it could all add up to...

2008-01-06 8:40 AM
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Subject: RE: Looking to buy an inexpensive, small, and entry-level bicycle

Murielle.... I wish you well on your search... it's tough when you are at either ends of the extremes to find a bike that fits. I'm at the other end... tall and lanky... and most manufacturers just don't make bikes that fit.

I think there are more manufacturers out there making women specific bikes... I know of a few... Specialized, Cannondale, Trek, Giant.... I think they have all starting making bikes with a geometry specific to women. My worry with the Motobecane is it my be a small frame... but does it have the geometry to fit YOU personally. Be very wary of buying a bike site unseen.... and most importantly... unridden.

I know you are in Toronto... but if you want a cycle shop that is VERY helpful and knowledgeable towards women, give Gears Bike Shop in Mississauga a try (mainly Specialized bikes) or New World Cycle in Burlington. Or a reputable shop in Toronto... where you can get the bike serviced.... and will treat you well.

Shopping for a bike is a BIG expense... and it may take you a while... just be patient. One of THE best places to go for seeing 100's of bikes in a short time is the Bicycle Show in March (@ Ricoh Centre). There you will find a LOT of bikes and you may even be allowed to try them out.

Again... Good luck... and remember to have fun, because that's what cycling is.. fun on wheels.

2008-02-24 5:13 PM
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Subject: RE: Looking to buy an inexpensive, small, and entry-level bicycle
Ditto on the bike show, and ditto on the used bike.

Used bikes are good because if you try the sport and don't like it, you can resell it for pretty much the same as you paid.

Either that, or spend $300 on a road bike that will last you two seasons and if you want to upgrade or sell... well you haven't lost much.


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