Hello! I am a 22 year college student (graduating soon yay!) and am looking to build a bike. I have been lurking this forum for the past month and have gained an idea of what I'm getting into...
To give you an idea on my build, I am 5'8" @ 138lbs. I'd say I have a healthy cardiovascular build since I was in track & field and cross-country back in high school. Back then I was 5'7" @ 113lbs, running low 4 minute 1600s... now I can only do low 6 minute miles
Anyhow, I have a starting budget of $750. My expendable income is about $100/month. I've narrowed it down to:
1. Mercier Kilo TT $350, replace the weaker components using the rest of the budget
2. IRO Angus complete $650
3. IRO Angus frame $350, build over the next two months (I have patience.)
I will be commuting 3.2 miles (one way) through the crappy streets of Berkeley, CA. It's just one humongous hill. It's not extremely steep like San Francisco, but I'm sure it'd be a workout to do a good mile at a constant grade.
I'll also be doing a lot of leisure riding with friends. Supposedly there's a 25 mile path that goes from Walnut Creek to... Pleasanton?
I'm sure you all have suggestions and comments. I need all of the help I can get since I'm so new to this. Thanks in advance!