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Listen to did...he knows his bike stuff. He's a typical bike geek...almost has a different bike for every day of the week.
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I'm also looking for a bike to start to convert into the Tri scene. How would that alter your recommendations?
I'm definitely looking to stay under $1,000 for now - is it worth it to shop around on craigslist? It seems like people invest in some pretty nice bikes and then discover that the trick is actually using them.
I'll think I'll do the same with my bike - go to a speciality bike store to get fitted correctly. Sure, I may pay a little more but with a well fitted bike, I'll enjoy the ride more.
I've also been reading on a tri forum about the differences in geometery of tri bikes vs. road bikes. The same person may need different sizes for each type. I'm going to get a road bike first.
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I agree with did about not buying a bike over the internet. I bought my bike from a bike shop and tried out several bikes. It was oddly strange that the comfort of the bike increases as the price increases. .
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Ace Wheelworks in Somerville (same ownership as Belmont Wheelworks) is a good shop too, if that's closer to your end of Arlington. It's in the Porter/Davis Sq. area on Elm St. Smaller than the Belmont store but still good.
Thanks everyone for the tips!
I think I'm going to start with a regular road bike. It's silly to spend a on of money I don't have, unless I plan to stick with it. I think the Somerville store is closer, or at least near my commute path. I'll try and stop by this week and get some advice.