Hi all -
I am a beginner biker looking to get exercise and spend quality time outdoors with my children. Will be riding mostly on paved roads but may experience small amounts of gravel. Will probably start out riding only about 6 miles, but would like to increase that to 15. I should mention that the roads in my community run about 15% incline. The bike path I plan on going to runs closer to 2 to 3%
I went to two local bike shops yesterday. Both carried only Trek. I tested the unisex framed Trek 7.2 and really liked it but it is a bit over my budget. Neither carried the Trek 7.1 though one shop said it road similarly to the 7.2. There are few more bike shops I want to check out but noticed that none of them carry Trek. One carries Giant exclusively, which is cheaper but uncertain of the quality. The other two carried a variety of bikes. What is a great starter bike? What are the top three or four brands I should consider? What are comparable models to the Trek 7.2?