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Old 03-18-2011, 08:53 AM   #2
cowmoo32
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Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Raleigh, NC
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My Ride: Trek 1.5
Carbon fork is a must. I bought my first bike last year, a Trek 1.2 and I love it. I love running, but a bike gives you speed and you can cover some crazy distance. Just FYI, you really won't find many worth buying ~$850 or so. Some brands to look at: Trek, Giant, Cannondale, Felt. Also, make sure to invest in a good set of shorts; they're priceless if you want to save your azz/nuts.

edit: I'm not sure how the terrain is where you live, but if you'll be hitting a lot of incline changes, then you might want a 3-set up front (a set of 3 gears on the front set). I have a 2-set and I wish I had gone with 3 because the gap between the two is too big for my liking. The upside of a 2-set is there are less parts that could screw up.
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