Hello, I'm new to the forum and figured why not ask you guys before I go out and drop the money and buy a bike.
Over the past year I've been getting into biking. Over the summer I enjoy to bike to my grandmas which is a good 20 miles. I currently use my mom's old "racing" bike rather than one of my off road bikes due to the fact that I'm going greater distances.
For the summer I was looking to buy a nice bike for around $500. I realize that a lot of good bikes are well over $2,000 each. But for the meantime, I think a $500-$750 price range is a bit more practical.
Do you have any suggestions.
I've narrowed my ideal bikes down to either a Trek (1000 or 1500), Giant (OCR 1, 2, 3), Schwinn (Fastback or LeTour) or a Felt.
Still too many to pick from. Most of these fall in my price range, the Trek 1500 is a bit higher than I would like to spend, but if I can get a lot of use out of it I don't mind paying the extra few hundred.
I still don't know what to decide on. Any suggestions on the bikes I've listed above on past experience or what you have heard? Or can you point me in a direction of another company.
I am going to be going to the LBS tomorrow to test some out and get their opinion, but I'd like to hear from you guys as well.