just venturing into this part of the forum for the first time..not a tri person..only a beginner runner
but i think you guys will know the answer to my questions...
Ok - lately taken up more cycling due to injury preventing running at mo
- am really enjoying the cycling part and want to upgrade from old halfords type bike from 15 years ago for 80quid
(Maybe one day i will do a bike run - is that a duathlon ? but at the mo that is a long way off in dreamland as not fit beyond a short run)
Anyway, am willing to spend 200 maybe 300 but not sure what to get.
Went to local shop and they had a couple of "anatomically adjusted" bikes from Claude Butler and Specialized
- am convinced i need that -
it really makes a difference having a bike that actually fits a woman ie shorter "reach" - so that is on my list of essentials for the new bike spec
tried a "Valetta" (CLaude Butler?) 230quid - seemed okay but a couple of questions..
a) I hate the fact that all the ladies bikes come in pink or lilac (yuk) - doesn't anyone make one in a decent colour please? (according to bike shop owner - no)
b) suspension - i want to get front supsension and possibly rear - valetta has only front susp - i have heard that effort is lost through rear suspension if riding on road - but i don't care if it's only 10% because i am not racing just trying to get fit - any views on whether it's wrong to get dual suspension ?
and who makes a dual susp ladies size bike?
c)frame material - i would love a really light bike - but are they mega expensive? i think the bikes i was looking at are aluminium framed - is that a good material or am i going to have rust probs? (bike will have to live in a damp garage)
how much would i need to spend to get a really light frame ?
d) what other components are really important?
e) can i put hybrid tires on any bike?
background - I will mainly use the bike to ride round local forest tracks and some on-road riding . I am a beginner in fitness terms - think slow and lardy
other thoughts are creating a bike from components versus buying readymade
buying online versus highstreet
any input to any of the above would be much appreciated
i think i have been spoiled by someone once letting me have a go on their "orange" bike (?)