Well I've decided to embark on UK's well knows cycle mission, lands end -> john o' groats. This as I'm sure most of you know is about 1000 miles.
Currently I have a very decent mountain bike, about £2k worth. However there is no way I'm going to do the ride on that, considering it's efficiency is pretty much, and it's designed for heavy off road use.
My question, coming from someone with literally "no" road biking experience is, what bike shall I get?
I've got about a max budget of £500, and will be using two panniers I think, and maybe a front bag as well. I'll be keeping weight to a mininum obviously. Myself I'm about 6ft 2, and about 11.5st.
Factors that I'm guessing are important are...
Confort (going to be on it for a long time after all)
Efficiency (ie, no shocks, and good gear ratios)
Reliability (don't want some cheap junk that's going to fall apart)
I know it's a question with many possible answers, but does anyone have any bike recommendations?
Second hand is an option too, but then i'd have to consider reliability.
Please any info would be great.