So I am new to the bike scene, and I'm looking to get in to it. But looking around for my first bike has been interesting to say the least.
I've been trying to look for a nice good quality reasonably price used bike and have failed, but still on the look out.
The other part of me just wants to buy one of these cheap new bikes from a bike outlet on ebay (http://cgi.ebay.com/2009-BOTTECCHIA-...ht_4671wt_1166) or from a site like: (http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/road_bikes.htm) But I fear that I might be taken for a ride (pun intended) and really be getting a poor quality bike.
I would love to hear feedback, any stories from others who have boughten one of these off brand / factory direct road bikes. Or if you know something I don't know please clue me in.
For those of you interested I'm going to share a little of my back story.
I'm 22 y/o from Tacoma, Washington, (just south of Seattle) I learn to ride a bike about 11 years ago because of some medical problems. When I was younger I loved riding the mtb down trails in the local park, and of coarse becasue of low income, I never advanced past the wally world cheapo bikes. So I always had the desire to ride a "real" bike, hehe.
I work at a local grocery store, and recently we had a "biggest loser" contest for the month of january, 28 days. January 5th I weighed in a 5'11 252.5lbs, Feb 2nd I finished the contest at second place weighing in at 228.5 and lost a whopping 24 lbs (for those hard on math And had the desire to go further.
I had known a few people from my store and in the contest ride the annual STP (Seattle to Portland 1-2 day bike run) in the summer and I thought that would be fun adventure. So it being the end of winter beginning of summer. I figured I'd live a dream of mine and get on a horse and ride.
[EDIT:] I'm going to also update here with my experience I ended up ordering (http://bikesdirect.com/products/moto...ventnoir_x.htm)
Feb 6: Ordered Bike from BD with Expected Arrival mid week.
Feb 11: UPS went to the wrong door on my house, (I live in a a loft/top story of a home) my fault since I didn't put delivery instructions. So my arrival is postponed until Tuesday after Pres day.