Hey, guys. First post here. Hopefully the first of many for years to come.
I'm an avid forum goer and a mod on my home forum so I know ALL about redundant posts and people asking the same questions over and over ad nauseam. So I apologize for what's to come, yet hope someone is like I am and will spoon feed a noob who's spent many hours searching and reading already.
I'm 40. I haven't owned a bicycle in 15 years (and my waistline shows it). I live in the flattest state (Louisiana) so I've decided on a single speed to get my feet wet. But at the same time, I'd like to be able to progress as a rider since I need a goal to keep me motivated- faster times, longer distances... 100 miler?
I must have looked at every SS on the internet by now and read all the reviews an my head is spinning. A lot of the threads and reviews seem outdated which is why I'm posting.
I've decided on a soft $400 budget, but willing to spend more if its warranted. I'd like a complete bike. I went to my local and rode the Retrospec and didn't fall in love with it. My other local sells "SE". I'm convinced I want a more track style geometry or aggressive riding position than the Retrospec had. I don't care about weight or color or anything that doesn't matter. I just want a great bike out of the box that will make me fall in love with biking.
So, tl;dr. Spoon feed a noob budget SS suggestions.
Thanks in advance.