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i want to begin cycling

i have been wanted to ride for some time now just dont have a bike. price isnt really a promblem. so what i want to know is what do u look ofor when u are lookin for a desent bike? if u need to know anythign about me to help give me information just ask. i am 19 year old male and i live in maryland if that helos u tell me any place to look. thanks for any help u give? i am training for a small trialthon at the moment i just dont have a bike and thats kind of a problem. i saw in others peoples post that they put thing about themsefl so im 6'2 140lbs im athlectic. i am a runner and did all types of track in school i run local races all the time. hope it helps some
 

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just do a search on this board, lots of info. Basically what you'll get is:

By a reasonable budget bike for your very first ride, no high-zoot stuff

Get fitted professionally if possible.

Find a local shop that's knowledgeable and will help you work through things.

At the beginner's level, all popular brand names are pretty much identical.

Even though there are Triathlon-specific bikes, I'd suggest sticking with a normal road bike until you're sure which direction you'll go.

I'd take a 30-pound bike that fit like a glove over a 15-pounder that fit like OJ's glove.
 

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well thanks for the information. I have a few question about some things when i was reading some post there was i guess id say cycling lingo where can i find out what those words mean
 

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Good advice...

Argentius said:
just do a search on this board, lots of info. Basically what you'll get is:

By a reasonable budget bike for your very first ride, no high-zoot stuff

Get fitted professionally if possible.

Find a local shop that's knowledgeable and will help you work through things.

At the beginner's level, all popular brand names are pretty much identical.

Even though there are Triathlon-specific bikes, I'd suggest sticking with a normal road bike until you're sure which direction you'll go.

I'd take a 30-pound bike that fit like a glove over a 15-pounder that fit like OJ's glove.

from argentius, buy a reasonable bike that fits....don't buy something really expensive, because if you find that you are not riding as much as you thought, you don't want to regret the investment. You can always upgrade later, and one thing I've learned is you will eventually accumulate a small stable of bikes anyways. Is your focus ONLY going to be on tri's, or are you contemplating longer group rides and/or road races. If you are 100% sure that you will only be doing tri's, then I might look at some entry level tri bikes. Otherwise, stick with a road bike and put extensions on for the tri races....
 

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Here's a Web site with a lot of info, including a glossary: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/

With a road bike, you really want to make sure it fits you properly. Most bike shops will do a good job making sure a bike fits, and manufacturers build frames in a lot of different sizes to assure the right fit.

The Wal-Mart bike only comes in a 57 cm frame, which might or might not fit you. If you are serious about competing in a triathalons, you would be better served, IMO, by going to a real bike shop and buying a bike that fits you. If your budget won't allow that, try looking for a used bike that will fit you. As one of the previous posters said, he would rather a heavy 30 pound bike that fit great than a high-performance 15 pound bike that fit like crap.
 

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More resources to help locate that first bike.

http://craigslist.com
http://recycler.com
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=69273
http://stores.ebay.com/SPRTYMAMA-BIKE-SHOP
http://bikesdirect.com

Here's a tidbit of info. At my bikeshop I was able to score $400 off MSRP by getting a last year's model.The difference? Gossamer vs Sugino crankset, and ALX-295 rims vs ALX-298 on the 2006 model! The price beats many similarly equipped bikes on the net!

Bike is '05 Alex Elite Triple for $800 "Best budget racer of '05"
 

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only problem with getting fitted is i dont know where any are i found one in baltimore but thats a 3 hour drive
 

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ok i went to the link u gave me and filled it out so which one do i need to use if im trying to buy a complete bike not build one
 
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