Hello! I have biked for years on Target bikes, but I'm wanting to start training for a triathlon now, and I started longer rides this summer (up to 50 miles), and my bike fell apart. Thus, I guess it's time to invest in a nicer bike.
The problem is that I don't have much money.
I have a couple of options, one being to buy a brand new beginners bike for around $900 from a bike store, the other being to spend a little less and get a bike worth more, but used and older.
What do you think? Are there any brands you would reccommend or advise against?
Does it matter if I get a bike built for females, or will a male's bike do?
I'm 5'10" and slender... What size do I need to get?
I don't know anything about bikes, so is there anything in specific I should be looking for?
And finally, I know a guy selling his 1998 TREK 2500 PRO Composite Road Bike for $350. It originally cost $2400, but it's 10 years old... Is that a good deal or should I get something much newer?
Thanks so much for your help!