After a several year hiatus following having my bike stolen a few years ago, I'm getting back into it and need a decent but not terribly expensive road bike. In addition to using it for errands some to save a bit on gas, I'll be doing some long rides as part of my cardio routine. I had been running exclusively last summer, but I just seem to constantly have nagging injuries--currently a sore Achilles--so I need to vary my training if I'm going to reach a high level of fitness and stay relatively injury-free.
Anyway, today at a local bike shop I was looking at a lower-end Giant with aluminum frame. Seemed like a very nice bike, but I'd really rather not pay $625 if I can get something decent for cheaper. Does anyone have any suggestions for good road bikes to look at for under, say, $650?
Also, I'm wondering about frame size. I'm 5'7" with about a 29-30" inseam.
Thanks for any suggestions!
For that price you better look used.
I am in the process of trying to lose 60lbs of fat while gaining lean muscle by December 2012
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