I’m sure this has been asked a million times, but as a newbie I’m going to throw it out there and see what I get.
I currently own a cheap department store bike, and it does OK for getting me back and forth to work which is about a mile away, ans also for taking a casual ride around town. However, it’s time to step it up a few notches and get a REAL bike. I’m looking for recommendations.
Here’s my info:
– Not concerned about going off road, so a mountain bike is not what I’m looking for. Neither is racing a concern.
– Main use will be commuting to work and riding around town, and hopefully increase to more lengthy regular rides for fitness
– I have fleeting thoughts of RAGBRAI in a year or two, so I’d like something that wouldnt be out of the question to take on RAGBRAI if I pursue it.
– The thought of sitting a little more upright, rather than the bent over position, appeals to me.
And on the physical side (if that matters for bike size), I’m 5’8, 210 lbs, and age 46.
Budget wise – I’d like to stay under $700 or close if possible.
Any specific suggestions on make and model of bike would be highly appreciated.