Ok had a great weekend with the new guy... We went riding on one of my favorite rides in Palmetto GA...Silk Sheets. We rode for 25 miles, which the new guy thougth was a much better distance than what i subjected him to the week before (55 miles with a group ride). We rode out and had fun riding along and talking!
Sunday was ride 66 - another 25 miles or so. We did another favorite riding area - thoguh I had been to it twice , but it was his stomping ground..so he felt much more comfortable. We rode the area called Beautiful Backroads (Since there's a charioty ride called Beautiful Backroads Century). Did about 25 miles...and had a great time. The weather was incredible - 25 miles. I think the new guy is getting back into the riding..He now wants to buy a better bike. His bike weighs a bazillion punds..so if he gets a lighter bike (his is likely 30 pounds!) I believe he will be kicking my butt in no time.
So any recommendations for him for a new bike... He is not that agressive a rider and will likely be about my level... a few centuries a year ...bunch of metric centuries and likely 50-100 miles a weekend...
Maybe spend between 1000-$1500...He's about 5'11 maybe...not too heavy... not a skinny guy though - maybe 200 pounds?
Any ideas for bikes?