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I am a complete novice as far as road bikes are concerned. 3 months of riding a vintage schwinn (probably from the 80s) has, however, hooked me onto road biking and I have decided to upgarde my transport....

So I am thinking of getting the 2003 Giant TCR Aero 2. Its going for 800 + shipping. I was wondering if anyone has used this bike. How good is it? Is there a better choice than this one given the price?
 

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All the caution and advice on fit you collected with your earlier thread starter Need help before I buy this bike... applies to this bike as well. So, again: good bike if it fits.

There could be a small complication: Giant's aero seatposts used to come (perhaps still do?) in several lengths to fit a particular rider, so there's not much up-or-down leeway. If the bike you're looking at has one of those rider-specific aero seatpost, make sure it can be adjusted to your cycling inseam as well. An alternative would be to exchange the Giant aero seat post for a standard post.
 

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thanks

Thanks- I am planning to go to a local bike shop and try this bike out since I am ordering the actual one online.

height aside, how is this Giant TCR Aero 2?

Another thing- should I get pedals with clips (which I have never used)? Won't these be dangerous considering the fact that for some part of my ride I will have to stop at traffic signals?
 

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Any ideas on an intermediate level road bike?

other than Giant TCR Aero 2 - does anyone have any better suggestions for less than 1000$?
 

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Consider strongly going to a bike shop and buying a bike which fits you. Most likely, someone there will also be willing and able to answer all your questions before, during and after the purchase.


Another thing- should I get pedals with clips (which I have never used)? Won't these be dangerous considering the fact that for some part of my ride I will have to stop at traffic signals?
Get clipless, but practice unclipping before leaving the house! Newspaper clipping below was sent to me a few years ago. ;)
 

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LMAO!

Get clipless, but practice unclipping before leaving the house! Newspaper clipping below was sent to me a few years ago. ;)[/QUOTE]
 

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wim said:
Get clipless, but practice unclipping before leaving the house! Newspaper clipping below was sent to me a few years ago. ;)
At the very least the guy could have pulled his foot out of his cycling shoe. Are people really that stupid?
 
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