Beginners road bike (is there such a thing?)
Greetings... I found my way back to this great forum after a few months away. I have been contemplating what type of bike to buy, what I want to do with it, how far do I want to ride, etc... And believe it or not, after careful consideration, the #1 type of bike is: A nice reasonably priced entry level road bike.
You may appreciate a $4500 Specialized road bike. To me, it is way too much money and could be considered a down payment on a car!
You are most likely in shape and have ridden steadily for years on end. I am a "Clydesdale" (as per this website) and am 6'0" and 210 lbs, and am trying to get myself back in shape to where I used to be many years ago during my US Coast Guard days (a nice lean, trim, 180 lbs).
I am looking for a rugged, entry level/beginner type of road bike, that can withstand my 210 lbs and won't break the bank. The brand that really flips my lid is Fuji. I tried Trek and don't care for them, same with Giant. Specialized are incredible bikes but I'd have to take out a 2nd mortgage on my house to afford one! Also.... Being 6'0" and 210 lbs, I checked numerous bike charts and for a road bike, it recommends a 58cm bike.
Any advice on a nice good quality, basic, everyday entry level, type of road bike?
Performance Bike is a good option
Performance Bike is a good option, especially for new riders looking for value for money. There's one local in Richmond. Their house brand, Scattante 570 at $900, has a mix of Shimano 105 and Tiagra in the components, along with an aluminum frame and carbon fork. They also carry Fuji - the Fuji Sportif 1.1 C looks interesting at $800.
Those may not be your exact preferences but there's a good chance to find value there. Performance is at the intersection of internet pricing and local service. You won't always find the lowest prices there, but with lower prices you generally get a cardboard box from UPS and no service. You won't always find the best service, but for better local service you'll generally pay higher retail prices. That's why I advise new bicycle shoppers looking for the best bike at the low end of bike shop prices to consider Performance.