Howdy, my name is Zack. Been browsing on the board for the past couple days and reading up on all that I can. Had always been interested but was discouraged always feeling it was a small mans sport, (I'm 6'3" and 200lbs), but have been told and reading otherwise. The GF has a bike and used to ride with her mom who has done the HHH. They were both looking at getting back into it for the fitness. I'm wanting to get into it for the fitness, to do the HHH; ms150 and other charity rides, and another hobby. I work from home and have plenty of time to devote so this seemed like a good way to get me back into biking. (rode MTB a few years ago)
Best shop with in 50 miles? Just browsed through RBM the other day when the weather was bad and took a look at some hybrids, but think I'd be better off with a road bike for what I want. Plan on taking another look tomorrow and also Plano Cycle & Fitness. Any other shops I should check out in the area?
Onto the bike...
Budget: $1200. Looking at getting something I won't have to upgrade from for a while. Better to invest now then spend more later. You get what you pay for on most things, not sure how much this holds true to cycling. Want something that'll last me and won't leave me stranded on a ride of some distance.
So far what I've been looking at...
Trek 1000, 1200(05 on clearance at RBM), and 1500. (worried about paying more for a "name")
Specialized Allez Sport Triple ( http://bikemart.com/itemdetails.cfm?...gId=39&id=1994 )
Specialized Allez Elite Triple ( http://bikemart.com/itemdetails.cfm?...gId=39&id=1992 )
Read all the reviews on www.roadbikereview.com and did searching on the board. The Elite Triple looks like the best value but of course... it's the most expensive. lol
I come from a background in cars and motorcycles so how much room for haggling? Trying to make my hard earned money go as far as possible.
I appreciate your responses in advance.