Hey guys! (and girls)
I'm currently in High School (sophmore year) right now and my friends and I have decided to go crazy and do the Seattle to Portland Bike Ride (200+) miles. Currently I'm still chugging along in my excellent mountain bike but most of my friends have converted to zippy road bikes. So I have a few questions that I'd appreciate being answered.
1.) How much easier is it to bike (on pavement) with a road bike when compared to a mountain bike? On a mountain bike I lead our biking path but our recent road bike convertees are now zipping past me like Sunday Morning on steroids.
2.) Is it really easier to go up hills on a road bike?
3.) Compared to mountain biking, how much maintainence does road biking have?
4.) What are the main differences between a road bike and hybrid?
5.) And finally, the bike recommendation.
So I have decided to get a road or hybrid bike to do this Portland bike ride. However, I'm not too sure which one to get! I have a $600 budget and have been looking at the Ibex Classic 4400 (http://www.ibexbikes.com/Bikes/06-CLS-4400-Details.html) I know alot about mountain bikes but road bikes are new ground for me. What are the differences in road bikes like the previously mentioned Classic 4400 and say the flat-bar Corrida CT? (http://www.ibexbikes.com/Bikes/COR-CT-Details.html)
Thanks for all your help!