Hello all. I'm new to this forum and I think I'm ready to devote a part of my life to biking. I live in New York City and ride mainly on the city streets and bike paths. I want a bike that's easy to ride fast. I do not want a mt. bike. I was thinking about road bikes, but the skinny tire worries me. I will have to jump on and off 1"-6" curbs.
I've been reading lots and lots of topics here and I'm amazed of how much there is to learn about biking!
My budget is around $700 (I know I know I know...you can't get a real bike for that right? )
After net research, I've came down to these bikes:
- Jamis Coda (don't know price)
- Specialized Sirrus
- Jamis Aurora or Nova (don't know prices)
I thought the Sirrus was the perfect, but after reading lots of posts here, a few have complained about the handlebar's only position may get you tired.
That was the reason I included the Aurora & the Nova. I have questions about the drops. I've never owned a road bike before...so this may seem like a stupid question, but please bear with me. When I see others riding on the drops (is that what it's called?), it looks sooooooo tiring. I can't imagine myself riding like that for a long period of time. When I ride, I usually go with my friends who are more into slower/group/chat/riding (yes, most of them are females). Would I look like a fool if I ride on the drops with them? Can I ride on the top or on top of the brakes for a long period of time? Is it comfortable?
Are there bikes out there with the drops that have slightly fatter tires that I can use for the city? I do not want to worry about going on and off the curb. I also want a bike that would allow me to ride on easy dirt roads if I have to (roads such as parks, baseball fields, etc.)
I know I'm asking lots of questions, but I really want to get started on biking and would like to keep this bike for the long term.
Now in terms of frame materials....what's the difference between steal and the others? What can I get for my price range. How about the gears? What type is good and what should I stay away from?
Please list other bikes that are in my price range that you feel is a good beginner's bike for me. Thanks