I bought a ten year old entry level Trek road bike off a buddy for 300 hundred bucks two years ago. I've ridden it approximately 4000 miles over the last two summers with no major problems; a couple of tires and a chain. People who ride a lot often have an extra bike they don't use. I would think you could buy considerably cheaper than $1000.
Dont worry about the weight of a bike unless you are going to enter races (seriously don't). i would just go with something affordable and stick to aluminum and stay away from carbon or titanium (even if I was training for a race I would rather have a heaver bike to get yourself in shape better). Don’t feel the need to go much past Shimano 105 components either if you remember to maintain them they will do you just fine.
If buying a new buy last years model (they usually sell them close to cost); usually its just a different paint job. And make sure you are comfortable on the seat if not swipe it out at the bike shop before you take it home to get a deal.
I have full carbon from head to toe (including clothes) but I go on 45-100 mile rides a few days a week all year around in Texas.
Check out the Trek 1 Series Fuji bikes are pretty popular and go on sale a lot Scott Speadster would be a descent starter bike
Felt has a low end series that my ex liked
...On a side not I just got the Bontrager RXL shoes-Freakin' Sweet!!!
Look and Felt are my favorite mid->high range bikes and Giant has a few sweet ones too but those are all more in the 2.5-4k+ range
Last edited by HtownCyclone; 02-28-2010 at 01:01 PM.
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