After I realize how bad this intro level second hand cheap bike I bought is, what is a better entry level bike and price to pay for one? Seems like you can find some good bargains out there for bikes on gumtree ect. Trouble is knowing a good from bad brand
Lots of different types of bikes out there, all good for some things, not so good for others. You need to say what type of riding you expect to do, for example ...
- type of road surfaces
- flat or hills,
- how far and fast do you want to ride
- in traffic or on bike trails
- getting fit or commuting or just getting around?
I dont see myself Tour de francing, I do a bit of running normally and Im no spring chicken. The running is great, but I get the odd leg injury, so I think I would only cycle for fitness and enjoyment. I used exercise bike when I cant run. My first 2 rides have been 21 and 30 k. Running feels much harder in QLD temperature even in the early morning, so I think I need to ride for around 2 hours to get something from it at the moment. Early days though. Im still working it all out, but love it so far. Then again I have about 40K + of coastline here to ride around.
I'm just a mug rider but FWIW I got a Scott S60 speedster in 2009 with the $900 Rudd gave me but they're now a lot cheaper on Ebay etc. It was my first and probably last new bike. It's very much an entry level roadie but as someone whose rides are basically alternatives to weekly workouts I noticed a huge difference from the crap steel bike I'd used up until then, especially up hills. Wouldn't be any good on dirt but it's kept me going at around 45 ks average per week and its hollow aluminium frame is a lot lighter than the steel options. I need to get the gears looked at soon because it's starting to hiccup a bit too much but the frame's good as. Like you I'm getting on but if I ran I'd be lame in a week. Never had a problem with the bike though, even when the feet, hips and knees play up, except when I've fallen off, which has only ever happened when I've been nearly stationary and got my feet stuck. That hurts, mostly my pride.
Personally I wouldn't recommend forking out big dollars early on because I've known too many people with decent bikes gathering dust in garages.