Armed (gluted?) with this knowledge, I have become more committed than ever to buying a road bike. But, which one?
Bicycling magazine has its 2007 buyers guide on the newsstands. And, I found a cool website with user reviews of road bikes. I have a list of bikes to research, and a list of criteria by which to judge them, including:
1. Maintenance records
3. Component parts
4. Flexibility of stem and seat post (can they both be adjusted)?
What else should I be looking for?
On my hot list are:
- Trek 1000
- Giant OCR
- Schwinn Fastback Sport.
Some things I've already learned from reading on the web.
- The Trek 1000 is probably not such as great bike.
- The OCR2 is better than the OCR3 for only $150 more (average) retail).
- It is likely that, if I LOVE LOVE LOVE road biking on a real road bike that I'll want to upgrade significantly within two years.
- It is likely that, whatever bike I choose to buy, I'll need to switch out component parts to customize it to meet my needs.
My goal? To have a new bike by early April, when it will be snow and ice free outside, so I can start to train outdoors as well as indoors. I'm shooting to be ready for my first century ride on May 20th, when Charles River Wheelmen do their Spring Century.