Now that I've given the backstory for the new bike in the family, I'd like some help with color schemes, tire and saddle selection, etc.
Comfort and price are primary.
Tires: the bike has 700c x 26 right now; we'd like to go up to 28 if we can. Anyone have any experience with tires on this model bike?
Bar Tape: we're thinking red, but are open to ideas.
Cables: leaning white, but not committed
Saddle: this is where we need the most advice. This is my husband's first road bike and my saddle experience doesn't translate. He's planning on using it for recreation, not competition. I'm going to take him to get properly fitted, but after he finds the right saddle width are there any recommendations? Would a Brooks be worth it?
Pedals: He wants dual-sided pedals for the option of riding without clips in traffic and sketchy situations. Recommendations?
All right- here come the pics. Hit me with your best shot.