This is my first posting. Have learned a bunch here already.
Unfortunately I had to sell my recumbent due to some physical issues, am just getting back to riding and I am looking at a number of road bikes and would REALLY appreciate your recommendations/thougths.
I am looking at the Specialized Robaix Comp, Cannondale Snyapse 5, Felt Z35.....all bikes with a more compact and comfortable geometry.
My plan is to demo, demo, demo....but am quickly learning about the latest tech to help in this decision-making process. I have knee joint, toe joint and carpal tunnel issues, and am determined to find a bike that I can put many miles on AND be as comfortable as possible.....sound familiar?
Re-entering the upright bike world I have discovered the compact crank and availability of carbon frames. I have read many reviews and would greatly welcome your thoughts.
COMPACT VS. TRIPLE
I have had triples on two recumbents and a Softride Solo. I have been told by bike salesfolks that the newer compacts essentially are equivalent to the triples, offering easier shifting and less 'tuning in'. When I road regularly, I rarely used the smallest ring but knew it was always there if I needed it. I understand that most compact cranks provide a 20 gear bike. I live in Western CT with many hills. I am leaning towards another triple. What are your experiences with these two options?
IS CARBON WORTH IT?
I keep reading how incredibly more comfortable a full carbon frame is. I have ridden aluminum recumbent frames with pudgy tires and very comfy seats. I am now far more concerned with the frame, stems, fork materials.
Appreciate your reading this long post and look forward to your thoughts.