I'm 23yo male who loves watching cycling, has learned quite a bit about the strategy and mechanics of the professional sport. I want to get into riding for lots of reasons: stay in shape now that I don't have the opportunity for team sports I used to play, easier on the knees and more enjoyable than running. I live in Birmingham, AL where cycling seems to be pretty popular but I can't say I like the roads around here.
I'm looking into getting a nice road bike, really have no interest in off-roading and feel like a commuter bike is going to be too basic. Any suggestions on what to look for in my first serious bike?
My beloved 2001 Litespeed Tuscany and my 2014 Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod Team bike
Welcome to BF.
Stop by the Southeast Regional subforum and say hello to the locals. I'm sure you'll get lots of recommendations for a road bike and maybe even someone/group to ride with.
When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking. — Arthur Conan Doyle