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?