Question: I do weekly spin classes, commute to work, and get in some 40- or 50-mile road rides on weekends. I’m currently riding a Trek hybrid and want an entry-level road bike. Which would be the best one for me? — Gregory D.
Coach Fred Matheny Replies: Buying a new bike is such a personal matter that I hesitate to make recommendations. You may hate a bike I’d love, depending differences in terrain, cycling goals and riding style.
Find a shop you trust and ask for recommendations. There are excellent entry-level road bikes from all the major manufacturers. Oftentimes, in the late fall there some great bargains, too, as shops are trying to move the current model year bikes out to make room for next year’s inventory.
Join your local cycling club, a great way to find out what sort of bike works well for your terrain. Ask the club members and you’ll get lots of opinions!
Remember, the key is bike fit. If the bike doesn’t fit you correctly, it will be unsatisfactory no matter how much you pay for it.