Join Date: Aug 2014
Bikes: 1974 Nishiki Competition
Purchasing a new bicycle
Hi everyone, I was directed here from the introductions forum.
A bit of history: I currently ride what I believe to be a 1974 Nishiki Competition and I have been riding this for the better part of the last 3-4 years. I say "believe" because the bike was purchased used and model name on the frame is mostly scratched off.
Anyway, although I've been riding for about four years, I've never really been able to ascend to the kind of mileage that I want (I currently ride no more than 60-70 miles per week). This is due in part to a tough schedule and a few nicely times injuries, but now that I can finally afford it, I'd like to switch up my gear a bit.
Naturally, I am very used to my Competition's frame geometry and ride. The problem is, it's about an inch too big for me and definitely too heavy. In addition to that, it's just plain old. I am hoping to buy a bike that would be an easy transition, but not a strict touring bike. I say this because I hope to participate in, or at least train for, some amateur races next summer.
I am 23 years old, 5'7" and 150 pounds. I think I can spend around 1300 on this.
I hope all of this wasn't so vague. Please let me know if you need any more information. Thanks for the help!