I am planning to do a century ride to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society this coming August. My old 10 speed bike is wrecked so I need to buy a new one. I would like to keep the purchase price down to $750 (or lower). Some experienced riders that I know have told me that this price will get me a decent bike with an aluminum frame but I should get a bike with a steel frame. Steel frame bikes are easier on the body I am told. Unfortunately, I also understand that bikes with steel frames cost over $1,000. I would appreciate any insights as to aluminum versus steel frames and also, recommendations for steel frame bikes at the lower end of the cost range. Thanks in advance.
- Brad's Dad