Help outfit me in a new bike. I am trying to decide between two bikes at my local bike store or a bike from bikesdirect.com.
I've started to bike pretty frequently as a way to get around Boston. Mostly 2-5 mile rides. My old, small mountain bike is starting to fristrate me so I want to get something new.
I think I'd prefer a road bike with dropped handle bars, but I am open to suggestions. I don't think I am ready to go to a single speed, since I enjoy my gears going up and down hills (though I feel like the 24 speeds on my mountain bike are way more than I need). I am 5'10''.
At my local bike store the cheapest road bike they have is a Specialized Triple Sectuer
They also had a decent seeming hybrid bike for $350, that seemed to fit fine and be well made, but I wasn't as in love with.
I also have been looking at the bikes at bikesdirect.com, which seem like they might be a good deal.
This one caught my eye
. It is $300 cheaper, has the extra set of brake levers on the top bar, and I prefer the look of it to the Specialized bike.
Can any one see major advantages to the local bike store road bike that justify the higher price (the assembly/tune ups are worth something to me, but not $300)? Does anyone have suggestions on other bikes that I should be looking at instead?
I'd like to spend up to about $700, but would prefer less. I would love suggestions of other bikes stores in Boston that might have a better selection, or other bikes that I could get in this price range online. I don't think I know quite enough to be able to pick out a good used bike, but am comfortable doing most basic bike repairs/part changes.