I bought a hybrid from my LBS a few months ago when I decided to start riding again after 25 years off. Essentially its a mountain bike with front suspension and without the knobby tires. At 230#, I was afraid to buy a roadbike and also hesitant to spend that much cash until I knew this wouldn't be a fleeting interest (and......also until my son graduates from Baylor in May) My rides are generally 14-20 miles and 35-40 on Saturdays and at around 13-18 mph. Have any of you ever heard of a "North Star" bicycle? I haven't, but the salesman seemed sincere and it felt great when I first tried it out and still does after the first 500 miles, but I'm thinking about an upgrade for the plain platform pedals it came with. I know absolutely nothing about them so ask for your suggestions. Would there be a significant increase in efficiency with clipless pedals and cycling shoes? I ride in crosstrainers and am also planning to replace them with cycling shoes. Have any of you purchased from BlueSky Cycling? I clicked on their link and see that they offer some package deals with shoes and pedals included.
Well enough of my rambling.....I'm anxious to hear your opinions and ideas.