Currently i live approx 1.5 miles from work, the daily commute is a joke really, therefore i was thinking about buying a road bike to get to and from work. I dont see myself of becoming and enthusiast anytime soon, but would like to go out on the bike during the weekend, and when the weather is half decent (not snowing or monsooning).
From looking around at various different shops/websites buying a bike seems like a bit of a minefield, so many to choose from...hybrids, road bikes etc and with price ranges starting from £100 (halfords gash) to £3000...!
I have no idea how much to spend...£500? or is that too much to start off with, i would rather spend a bit more money if the bike is to last me longer. I am reletively fit, i do spinning classes 3 times a week, and run when ever i can.
The next question is to what bike to buy, road bikes seem the most logical...the fastest and lightest, plus you can do decent milage on them, however you cant take them off road (however im not expecting to go off road!!).
Get a bike from a helpful bike shop. A touring bike is like a road bike but can take slightly fatter tires, which will take potholes and dirt paths in their stride. You may be able to get one for 500 pounds. Ask the shop if 32 mm wide tires can be fitted on the bike you like.
[QUOTE=AndrewP]Get a bike from a helpful bike shop.
I agree. Go to as many bike shops as you can, as different shops will often carry different brands. Tell them what your bike needs and budget are, and test ride as many you can get your hands on. Before I got my bike I spent about full month researching/test riding before finally deciding.
Also, sounds like you want this bike mostly for commuting. Check out/search the commuting forum, as there have been many posts that you might find worthwhile.