Glad to be part of the forum. I am not a rider at this point and my experience is limited to 3-4 mile rides every couple of weekends. My son and I are determined to do a 100 mile diabetes ride next summer. I don't think we will become devoted cycylists (though you never know) except for the training over the next year. We do plan on taking that very seriously. Anyway, I know my Wal-Mart $79 bike won't do, but I want to spend as little as possible, but make it through the training and ride. My local bike store recommends Trek. Question 1) Do you agree that this would be a good choice. 2)What model do you recommend? 3)Any other brands/models that you would suggest?