I'm brand new to BikeForums, and brand new to biking. I've been using a friend's Trek MTB since last summer (on road & on trainer over the winter) in order to help me train for a sprint triathlon this summer.
I am 6' to 6'1, 271 pounds, with a 30 inch inseam. I seem to fit a 58cm road bike.
I am currently looking for a bike - new or used - for around or under $700. I'm looking for a road bike that ... will be good for a starter, but will also be one that isn't something I'll want to get rid of by the end of this summer.
I have ridden a '07 Giant OCR3, '07 Giant OCR1, a couple Klein - frame build ups, and an older Schwinn.
I will be looking at Trek, Cannondale, and Specialized tomorrow night, and hopefully will be riding a few.
I've got a couple questions:
- What bike(s) have you had that worked well for a starter? What would you recommend?
- What are some good online used shops to watch (besides eBay and craigslist)?
Thanks for all of your help!