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Hi everyone. I'm new to the forums, but have been searching/reading through here for the last few days. I've read the stickies, and did some shopping at my LBS.

These are what I have come up with around my budget. Looking for opinions and suggestions please.

Trek 1.2 - $700
http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...d/1_series/12/

Cannondale Synapse Sport 3 or 4 (07 Model) - Roughly $700
http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/07/c...el-7RAY3T.html
http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/07/c...el-7RAY4T.html

Jamis Ventura Sport - $550
http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/bikes/...urasport.html#

This will be my first road bike, and I know that from these bikes I can choose between Sora and Tiagra components depending on what I choose. I'm not 100% sure I can get the Cannondales for 700, but they should be roughly around there. I want to use the bike for exercise at first, but want to leave room for the opportunity of getting really serious. Should I just spend the extra money on getting something I know will be good for later, or just start off slow with something like the Jamis Sport?


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if your positive you will get serious, spend the extra dough now. there's no sense in buying a bike that will become obselete in terms of your needs. usually beginners should buy cheap and see if they actually like riding, than upgrade. only if you are 110% positive you will get really serious, buy up.
 

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Thanks for the advice.
I think that I'll evaluate how serious I am going to be.

I might just go with the higher end bikes from my list because I'll want to keep this as a good investment.
 

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if youre looking for a good investment, buy used. most of the depreciation has already occured, saving you money. if you were to sell a bike you bought used for $1500, you could easily get $1300 or more depending on condition and miles. if you buy a new bike for $1500, youd be lucky if you got $800 for it with the same usage/condition as the used bike.
 
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