Road Bike Recommendations - Female 44yo, 215, 5' 7" $700 - $1000
Hi - My first post. Well I have decided that biking would be a ton of fun- Have been on a few rides with the ex-boyfriend and now have decided to buy a bike for myself - and go join some social group rides - or just get out on my own and ride on the weekends. (I am in other cities for work during the week- so this will be weekend only and my vacation coming up - 2 weeks of daily rides if my body can handle it!)
So my goals are to meet other people and have fun and lose weiight. Have lost 12 pounds so far - lots of workouts on elliptical and weights... I will continue this during the week - and ride on weekends.
So advice of a friend is to go to a LBS - Roswell Bikes. They advertise the following brands:
So far from this fabulous forum and others I have learned - that i need to make sure the wheels (pardon my terminology - hub/spoke/wheel - not sure the right words.... rubber part is a tire, spokey part is a spioe...what's a hub? and what's a whell...the rim thing? ) Anyway I am supposed to get 32 spokes int he front and 32 in the back??? Any other hints.... (Steel bike or aluminum or something?? Best saddle??? Type of handlebars.... oh dear... )
I guess I need a check list of stuff to tell the bike shop. Please note it is very embarassing as a woman to go tell some bike shop dude that i am fat (Hmmm maybe he will be able to tell????) Anyway - Let me know your thoughts. I thougth for the first ride on Saturday afternnon 6/1 - I would rent the road bike from the shop located along the bike path - just so I can get out and ride... Since I get home form my consulting gig on Friday evening.. Then later go bike shopping.... Do i just try a few out and poof by a bike?
OK - Tell me what to do! I am so excited to have found this excellent forum. I would love to here from more women as well... Though I have been very happy reading everyones posts - especially on the weight loss. THANK THANK YOU for being here!
Also is the whole bike rack thing easy?? I have a SAAB 9'3 from 1999 so i will need a rack that fits onthe back.... do they come with locks? Are they a real pain in the tush?
Thank you - Atklanta Clydes Group - How cool is That!
Thank you for the replies! I will take all your info with me to my LBS. Please let me know where i can find the Clydes Atlanta Group - i am ever so psyched!!!
Add me to the map - please