Hey folks, I am new here and looking for some advice. I am in the market for my first bike in 15 years and I figure you folks would have some pretty good suggestions to help me find the right bike. My budget is $1000.00 or less. I'll describe my typical ride and you can make suggestions based on that:
Surfaces: 70% road and pavement, 20% smooth forest trails and worn fields, 10% rough stuff like mud, tree roots, gravel, train tracks.
Grade: 75% moderate grade, 20% between 5% & 10% grade, 5% is pretty steep – over 15% grade.
Performance: looking for good performance on pavement, inclines, and descents. Looking for good handling on off-road conditions and ability to climb a dirt trail of 8% grade at a good clip.
So, I guess the bike I’m looking for has a road bias and should be pretty durable.
I’d appreciate any suggestions you folks may have.