It is obvious to me that the "baby boomers" are coming back to cycling after our initial introduction in the 70's. Many folks who used to ride regularly (and enjoy it greatly) got away from it for several decades and are now returning. Most of us are heavier and slower than we used to be, and the bike manufacturers haven't yet twigged to what a lucrative and loyal market we can be. "Geezer bikes" are NOT what we want to buy.. Nobody yet makes the type of bikes we'd prefer, but that'll change soon. For the sake of any manufacturer's reps who may ghost this forum, there is a large market of relatively flush older guys who would prefer the following:
1. Comfortable frame angles but still light (think Specialized Roubaix..)
2. Double front chain rings with some range rather than flaky-shifting triples
3. DISC BRAKES - rim brakes are **SO** last-century (Really take this suggestion to heart!)
4. Durable but light parts groups that rekindle the stuff we wanted back when (think Campy Veloche or even Chorus)
5. STRONG WHEELS that won't taco (remember I said we were heavier now..) Think 36 spoke units with deep V rims and 23 to 28 mm 700c tires to match our various durability needs
6. Adjustable stem and bar options for comfort but still with lightness.
7. Target prices between $1,500 and $2,500 for entry level - up to $3,500 for upscales.
8. No more than 18 gears - 14 is even better - durability and smoothness are more important than "wow."
By the bye.. If anyone knows of any current models that fit ALL the above criteria, please let me know.
I'm sure I've offended many with even the suggestions above - if so, please feel free to send me your own opinions - you may have excellent points that I'm wrong on or haven't thought of that would be of use to other forum folks. If you just want to flame me on the disc-brake issue, don't bother - you're wrong! <G>