Hey all. So I havent ever really gotten into bikes. growing up I was ALWAYS riding them though, BMX style and mountain (due to the fact I lived in the middle of the desert).
Im here 27 years old and in Korea (until november then I go back to Az) and I ride a cheap Alton T26 mountain bike. It seems alright for the $150 I paid for it... the gears work, and it rides pretty smooth. But I want to get more into biking. Road biking to be specific. I dont have a $1000+ budget for a nice roadbike though. a local Korean bike dealer has a decent Alton road bike for I think $300 or so that I wanted to pick up at least to get my feet wet.
my dream bike is a nice trek or something but that will probably never happen.
Never say never. You can find plenty of good quality, well cared for used bikes for 300 bucks. They won't be the latest or the greatest, but what really ever is? The basic format of the bicycle has remained unchanged since its introduction. The only thing that has changed is the way you interface (UI) with the gear changing mechanisms. Really, that is it! Find a good used 90's era Miyata, Fuji, Trek, Specialized, Cannondale, etc. and you will do just fine. Don't get hung up on STI or lighter weights of newer bikes, as in the end it equates to very little. My road bikes don't have any parts newer than 1986, but do have a sweet Habanero ti frame from which the parts hang!