1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
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    Listen! Buying a Casual Road Bike

    I'm looking to buy a road bike for mostly casual use. I plan on riding on paved roads for the most part, and will be riding at most 10 to 15 miles.

    I won't be riding every day but I want a bike that will last.

    What should I be looking for in a suitable road bike? My budget is around $400 to $500. Can I get a good quality bike for that much money?

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    for that pricepoint, and primarily roads you will be just fine. I would suggest visiting a local bike shop and take a look at some of the "hybrid" bikes - they will have road wheels/tires but a more comfortable upright sitting position.

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