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    Red face Starting Cycling, Have a couple of questions (need to find a buddy)

    Hi,
    I'm new to cycling, although I owned a mountain bike a few years back i haven't ridden one in a while but i wanted get back into it so I'm think of buying the raleigh criterium (https://www.raleigh.co.uk/criterium-15770) can someone tell me if this is a good bike, I don't know how far i'll go with this but i'm thinking of entering races in the future if i'm able to. Is there a good local cycle shop where I can buy a road cycle for around under 500 or is this the best one i can get for that price?

    my second question is how should i start out? right now im 75kg and I work out but I wouldn't call my self fit since i run out of stamina really quickly, so how long should i ride? how much time should i spend every day? and how would i start training.


    and lastly, is anyone to willing to go cycling with me? I live in North East London.

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    Well, for, what, $650, it's not a bad deal, but you might get more in a used bike for that price. Shimano Claris is kinda cheap, and the wheels are an unknown. I'd bet you could get a lightly-used 105-level bike for about the same price. I certainly wouldn't suggest that this bike you are looking at is 'competitive', but starting out on a full-race bike would be a mistake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by No Time Toulouse View Post
    Well, for, what, $650, it's not a bad deal, but you might get more in a used bike for that price. Shimano Claris is kinda cheap, and the wheels are an unknown. I'd bet you could get a lightly-used 105-level bike for about the same price. I certainly wouldn't suggest that this bike you are looking at is 'competitive', but starting out on a full-race bike would be a mistake.
    Would a 2017 Specialized Allez Road bike be better? Its 400 USED, so its just 50 cheaper than the raleigh since i can get a student discount on their website. it has the Shimano Claris gears as well.

    I agree you with you that i don't need a full-race bike right now but I want to be able to upgrade the gear set in the future, I wouldn't mind spending money on buying the parts but I don't want to spend like 1k on a bike right now when im just starting out.

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    Seconded on the used route. You can often get move value for your money.. just be sure the frame size fits you, that's the main thing.

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