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Old 11-05-2017, 06:33 PM
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My first bike in 30 years is an entry level Boardman, drilled disk brakes - my first car had drum brakes - things have changed...

Before you buy, think about suspension, even a bit of grit transmits straight up through the frame into me and with dodgy knees something more compliant would have been a better choice
Think about suspension, or also, think about mateiri. Steel over aluminium for ride comfort every time.
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Old 11-05-2017, 08:07 PM
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Ask to ride. It's all there is to it. Any decent shop should be able to get your position right enough so that you are comfortable. Experiment with different rides and see what feels right. Bearing in mind you're recovering from a knee injury, they should be able to give you some solid advice on appropriate use of gearing as well.
Where do you test it? Can you take it out?

Bit of a silly question but how do I get it home??
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Dear adman50,

Just over a month ago I completed the N2 in Portugal(Chaves to Faro - approx 740kms) on a Specialized Sirrus and didn't have a problem - I've recently bought a Merida Ride Disc 5000(2017 model) which is excellent but the Ultegra gears are taking some getting used to after the 'rapid fire' on the Sirrus.

Can recommend the trip for those into long distance riding
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Where do you test it? Can you take it out?

Bit of a silly question but how do I get it home??
most bike shops will let you take a bike out of the shop for a short test ride, I ask customers to leave a form of ID and a credit / debit card as security, other shops approve a transaction for the value of the bike then cancel it when you get back, and im sure there are lots of other systems in place.

I tend to point customers to some of the less busy residential roads near the shop.

I also insist that the ground is dry before letting any stock bikes out on the road.

Best way of getting a new bike home is to ride it, or most bikes will fit comfortably inside most cars, you may need to take wheels off
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