I'm new to the site. Got into biking this year to lose a little weight (actually a ton of it) - down 70 lbs in 5 months. Ride a Trek mountain bike, typically 20-30 miles at a time, about 15 mph avg, 2-3 times per week, and mostly on the San Gabriel River. Been trying out different trails in So Cal, mostly flat.
I think I want to move to a road bike. Interested in learning about the differences. Will I be able to go that much faster or further? Will it be that much easier? How does price play into the mix? Budget is $1000 or less. Should I go with a used bike, or buy new? Just interested in hearing everyone's experiences.
Also interested in knowing differences among Giant, Trex, Cannondale, Lemond, etc. roadbikes. Which are your favorites and why? Would it make that much of a difference to a 290 lb guy who's trying to get to 230? Or am I jumping the gun on the price/performance curve? How do the new aerodynamic "Teardrop" shaped frames compare to the conventional steel frame? Is a steel frame a bad thing, or should I only go aluminum? (- cant afford titanium!)
Are there major differences in Gear ratios? etc. How about smaller framed bikes versus more traditional large frame bikes? I'm 6'2" about 31-32 inch inseam. Is there a typical frame size for someone that height?
Anyway, I figure by now, I've scared everyone away with all the questions. Good news is I dont talk much when I ride! So, if your ever on the San Gabriel River between Whittier Narrows Dam or the River's End Cafe in Seal Beach (where I have breakfast a couple times a week), be on the lookout for me. I always nod, or say "good morning" - but that's about it! I'm the guy in the T-shirt and regular shorts. No fancy bike clothes...yet.