New guy to the forum and cycling in general. The last bike I had was a Specialized Rock Hopper, but I am looking to get into road cycling and participating in some events in the future. For example, the Tour de Cure (also a type 1 diabetic), starting with the lower distances and working my way up to the full century (some day!).
In any case, some questions:
1. I noticed that BikesDirect has some good deals. However, what happens if something goes wrong? I see their return policy and warranty policy, but I am looking for some real world experience as to what I can expect if my bike needs something. Also, I won't be getting any free tune-ups or anything like that, so I was looking for some opinions about buying online. Oh, and will assembly be difficult?
2. Also, this bike seems to be a good deal, but I don't know very much about the brand:
Does that look good for a person new to cycling?
3. Lastly, regarding the fitting. I am not sure what size frame I need. I suppose that I will need to go to a local shop and get fitted?
Thanks in advance!!!