I live in the Nicolet National Forest in Northern Wisconsin. Thousands of miles of trails to ride.
1999 Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo
Which do you think is best
I'm gonna be 64 years old. For 10 years I've had a pretty nice Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo mountain bike. Lately, I've been doing a lot of road riding (20 to 30 + miles 3 days a week) and keep meticulous records of distance, speed, average, etc. On a good day, the best I can average over my 20 mile road course (mostly flat with a few small hills and riding non-stop) is 13.53 MPH. Because I'm doing so much road riding, I'm thinking of getting an entry level road bike. I've got it narrowed down to these three. A 2008 Trek 1.2 for $595. A 2009 Raleigh Sport for $520. A 2008 Giant Defy 3 for $585. I road them all and they all seem like nice bikes. Naturally, each LBS claims that the brand he carries is better than the rest. They always talk about "components". I don't know how to interpret the specs on these three bikes. Is one of these three really better than the other two. Or are they all about the same and it just boils down to personal preference. Which bike would you choose, and most importantly, "why".
Very little difference in the specs. Raleigh has cro-moly steel fork which will give similar handly but might not have the same bling factor. The Trek doesnt have the bar-top brake levers. Go with the bike shop that is most helpful or will give best service or is most convenient.