I've been biking for years....for exercise. now i'd like to train for a century...or two...or more. i currently only have a mountain bike and need to purchase a road bike. i know i don't want a racing bike (i'm not quite that serious...yet).... so that leaves a road 'sport' bike, i believe. i know what height i need but that's about it. 12 speeds, 14 speeds 24 speeds... shimano ... steel, aluminum ... posts, cassettes...all a bit daunting.
does anyone have any recommendations for a novice who wants to start training?
i found a used bike (of which i'm a little leary) the specs are listed below (comments anyone... good, bad, ugly?.... any help is appreciated!!!):
WINDSOR ROAD BIKE
Frame: 7005 Aluminum by Kinesis - Handmade MultiShape, Engineered Aluminum Tubing, Precision TIG welded with Double water bottle bosses and replaceable rear derailleur hanger
Fork: Full Chromoly DuraForte steel, integrated sloping crown
Derailleurs: Rear- Shimano 14 Speed, Front Shimano Double Road
Shifters: Shimano Index Easy Stem Shift 14 Speed
Brakes: Aluminum side-pull black finish
Hubs: Aluminum with 7 speed cassette
Rims: 700c Road Aluminum black finish 36H
Crank: Shimano DoubleRing Road
Saddle: Velo Plush-racing with ComfortFit
Seatpost: Aluminum micro-adjust with black finish
Pedals: Alloy quill with toeclips and straps
Tires: Maxxis 700c High pressure road