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  1. #1
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    Newbie looking for a bike.

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    Hi everyone! I'm a newbie here looking to purchase my first ever road bike. I'm not wanting to spend too much on it, considering its my first bike. I found two on craigslist, one is a Motobecane Nomade 50cm Road Bike (the seller is asking $155; 27 inch tires and its a 10-speed). The other is a Lotus Brand Road Bike (the seller is asking $220; Lotus Excelle, 27"1/8 specialized tire. 23" Frame,12 Speed). Are either of these good bikes for someone that is just starting out?
    Thank you!!!!!

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    i have had the Motobecane Nomade 50cm Road Bike for roughly a month and have over 110 miles on it. There have been no major issues at the moment. The components of the bike are solid and the brifters are awesome to use. I have no real complaints about the bike. This has been a nice reintroduction to road bike riding. At some point I will either replace with a bike of lesser weight or replace some components to cut weight on the Libero, everyone wants a lighter, faster ride.

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    Ride them both and buy the one that is most comfortable.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

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    deja vu ???
    ‘The negative feelings we all have can be addictive…just as the positive…it’s up to
    us to decide which ones we want to choose and feed”… Pema Chodron

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    A 23" frameset is a lot bigger than a 50 cm. How tall are you? I'm 5'7" and ride a 52 or 53 cm older style road bike. The 23" bike is a little over 58 cm's, and that is for someone around 5'11" or so.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

    Pinarello Quattro~CAADX~ Zurich Lemond
    Specialized Romin Saddles

    Surly Krampus!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muirenn View Post
    A 23" frameset is a lot bigger than a 50 cm. How tall are you? I'm 5'7" and ride a 52 or 53 cm older style road bike. The 23" bike is a little over 58 cm's, and that is for someone around 5'11" or so.
    look 8 threads down
    ‘The negative feelings we all have can be addictive…just as the positive…it’s up to
    us to decide which ones we want to choose and feed”… Pema Chodron

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    Quote Originally Posted by rebeccaC View Post
    look 8 threads down
    Without looking, I thought those bikes sounded familiar. No wonder you said 'already seen.'

    Yeah. Why do I bother?
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

    Pinarello Quattro~CAADX~ Zurich Lemond
    Specialized Romin Saddles

    Surly Krampus!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muirenn View Post

    Yeah. Why do I bother?
    think of it as just giving two good posts of advice
    ‘The negative feelings we all have can be addictive…just as the positive…it’s up to
    us to decide which ones we want to choose and feed”… Pema Chodron

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    Quote Originally Posted by rebeccaC View Post
    think of it as just giving two good posts of advice
    Two almost identical posts!

    At least I'm consistent.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

    Pinarello Quattro~CAADX~ Zurich Lemond
    Specialized Romin Saddles

    Surly Krampus!

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    Keep up the good work anyway, we appreciate you!
    Quote Originally Posted by Muirenn View Post
    Two almost identical posts!

    At least I'm consistent.
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    Great To Join the Forum! Here's omri from Pheonix - great advice here

 

 

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