I am attempting to get my boyfriend into road biking, and need some assistance. Basically, I know enough to make him think that I know all the info he needs to consider, but I'm a pretty new cyclist myself and we are interested in cycling for very different reasons, so I think I am going to need some BF help.
We stopped into NYCBikes this weekend, and the owner talked him through a custom road bike build for somewhere around $700. Aluminum frame, 2300/Sora, etc. He seemed pretty sold on it, but after checking around BF, I read some not-so-great things about NYCBikes. The customer service we received was pretty on-point, so I'm more concerned about criticisms of the quality of frame.
He wants this bike to do some mid-distance leisure riding around the city and its surroundings -- he isn't at all interested in riding for training/racing purposes, so it does not have to be a top-of-the-line set-up, just reliable and long-lasting. He actually told me that the NYCBikes custom build appealed to him because there wasn't a big logo on it -- said he couldn't care less about logos and would prefer a less-flashy bike, just something that works. Am I overthinking this and the NYCBikes road frame would be fine for this purpose? Or does anyone else have a suggestion for a custom shop that would be on par in terms of price?
Thanks, and sorry this was a bit wordy...converting a new cyclist is a hefty responsibility and I am nervous about giving him the "correct advice"!
Sora is the starting point, bottom rung. Check out the Schwinn LeTour Legacy online at Nashbar for $699 ($620 or so if and when they have another discount promotion code offer). Shimano 105 equipped with Reynolds 520 steel frame. Bicycle Bananas in Reno, NV also has a left-over Shimano Tiagara/Deore equipped 2009 Jamis Aurora touring bike for $659 to your door. Other options also available at Bikes Direct. Bike shows up at your door in a box...you do light final assembly, plus a little adjusting here and there. Worth taking a look at.