Jon Paul posted a discussion

November 22, 2014
Jon Paul posted a discussion

Newby choosing a bike

I know this is a common question, so here are some specifics. I live in Lake Tahoe and ride a mountain bike. A long time ago I was an Ironman triathlete. I am 46, in decent shape and hope to get in very good shape again. Cyclocross just caught my eye and I think it would be a lot of fun. I will ride mostly for fitness, longer rides on fire roads, some single track, etc. I'd love to do some racing for fun, camaraderie, and to push myself. I have ridden high enough quality gear on the road that I am nervous about buying a bike with say, 105 components. I also don't want something very heavy. I don't know if these concerns are well founded. I want  to ride a bike that i'll be psyched to get on. I would like to stay closer to the $1,000 range, and will be fine buying used. None of my local bike shops have cyclocross bikes, nor do they know much about them. Can you share your input, please, relative to what I may look for and be happy with, realistically? I would also like to be able to change to road wheels and do some road rides when it is safe to do so around here.A quick note: I am 5'10", 170 lbs and ride a 56cm road bike. Should I be looking at a 54cm in CX?Thanks for any direction!JonSee More
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