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Originally Posted by lcdel View Post
I'm looking online at used bikes for my first road bike purchase and found a great-looking condition 2004 Lemond Zurich for $625. I want something relatively comfortable (don't want to hate taking it on long rides), can handle hills, and is zippy/fun. Thoughts on if this is the right bike for me and a decent deal?

I'm also a little confused about the fit as I'm a 5'6 F and have ridden 54cm bikes, but the seller listed this bike as 54cm for 5'9 and up.

I own two steel LeMonds and can confirm they are comfy, have great handling, and are fun to ride. I have a Croix de fer, which has identical geometry to the Zurich. I recently picked up a LeMond Washoe and like it so much, I ended up selling my sub-15 pound Trek Emonda. Both LeMonds are very smooth riding.

The great thing about this bike since it's your first is that the entry cost isn't too high. IMO, you're getting a better quality bike than you could get new for ~$1000-$1500. So, if you end up not liking road biking, you're not out too much. If you decide you do like it, then you've got a great frame that you can easily upgrade with a modern group set.

My Washoe is currently at the painter getting a custom paint job. Here's my Croix de fer for reference:

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