Help New Rider
Hi all -
I am new to cycling and signed up to ride a charity event in October, the Bike MS Bay to Bay Tour from Irvine to San Diego, in order to support a friend who was recently diagnosed with MS. I need to know what bike to ride because I was given 2 hand me down bikes for the event: Bike #1 is a GMC Denali Pro Series Road Bike; upside is that it is fairly new and rides pretty well; downside is that it does not have a quick release rear tire and has standard pedals with straps. Bike #2 is a Trek 1200 that is very old but and probably needs some work to bring it back up to good quality riding condition but it has all the bells and whistles from a high quality road bike from a decade ago.
Any thoughts? If I ride the Trek, what do you think it would cost to do standard maintenance on it to bring up to riding condition (i.e. cleaning and lubing all gears and chain, checking brakes and tires, etc.)? The Trek also has clip in pedals that are old, are the clip in shoes and pedals universal so I could just buy a new pair of shoes?
Thanks for all your input.