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    Default Question for our cycling gurus

    I've recently been doing a lot more cycling for enjoyment/fitness, so I've been wanting to upgrade and get an actual road bike.

    For an entry level road bike, what would people be looking for quality and parts wise? I was thinking something like the Merida ride 100.

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    Go and actually ride one most shops allow that I would suggest a compact groupset unless you are happy pushing big gears. I have a merida ride cf95 and I love it. I couldn't afford the pinarello I really wanted

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    Default Re: Question for our cycling gurus

    I'd be interested in getting a new bike as well since a lot of cycleways have opened up this way

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    Default Re: Question for our cycling gurus

    I just ride a hybrid, looks like a mountain bike but isn't. More comfortable and I have no interest in breaking any speed records (or wearing lycra god forbid).
    They have higher gears than a mountain bike and the wheels/tyres are a bit better suited to road use. Just something to consider. Roadbikes are definately faster/lighter etc.
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    Chuck some slicks on a MTB and you're sweet :P Then you can hit the trails also!
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    Default Re: Question for our cycling gurus

    Quote Originally Posted by gary67 View Post
    Go and actually ride one most shops allow that I would suggest a compact groupset unless you are happy pushing big gears. I have a merida ride cf95 and I love it. I couldn't afford the pinarello I really wanted
    I plan on taking it for a decent length ride

    And yea, the Ride 100 uses a 50-34 compact groupset

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    What is a groupset? Is it like an orgy or summat? PJ

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    I think we are to old to worry about that one PJ. A nice strong cup of tea and a gingernut beats an orgy any day.

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    Default Re: Question for our cycling gurus

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick G View Post
    I plan on taking it for a decent length ride

    And yea, the Ride 100 uses a 50-34 compact groupset
    Personally I rode with a Campagnolo groupset for 15 years and still would if they were a bit cheaper here in NZ. I find them better for my small frame than Shimano because Shimano brakes levers have a bigger throw. Consider electric shifting if its in budget and don't dismiss disc brakes either.

    I ride my road bike nearly every day and have sold my unused mountain bike and am looking at getting a cyclo cross bike for off road riding.

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    Default Re: Question for our cycling gurus

    You don't really get much choice for components as you get what you pay for. Most bikes in that price range will have similar basic componentry. You won't have a chance of electronic gear changing for that price or disk brakes (which are not common on road bikes at present).

    You might want to consider a secondhand bike from Trademe as there are a lot of good bikes being sold which have very little use. You might pick up a carbon frame bike with Ultegra componentry for a similar price if it is a few years old. Even an older bike like this would be a much nicer ride. I still ride a 7 year old bike for commuting to work and it would be a good buy for less than $2000 (Durace groupset, Al frame).

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