New toy – cheap road bike


I decided that I wanted a cheap road bike.  I have a 20 year old mountain bike which I ride every once in a while, mostly when we are on vacation or I’m really desperate for some cross training and it is not well suited for the purpose.  It is heavy, slow, has knobby tires and the straight bar handle bar makes my hands go numb within about 5 minutes of riding.  So, I bought an entry level Trek.  I asked for advice and looked around a bit on the internet, but ultimately decided to just buy from my local bike shop (Landry’s Cycles)  I’ve been going there for years to buy bikes for my kids and for repairs and I’d like to make sure that they stay in business, so I decided to pick from the brands that they had (Trek and Specialized).  I wanted to keep the price down below $800, so there wasn’t a lot of choice.  Ultimately I picked the Trek 1.2 because it got me one step up the ladder on the derailleur (Shimano Sora), still not high quality, but enough to get me on the road.

I got it home and decided to take it for a quick spin.  It turned out to be about 18km in just under 40 minutes.  I am surprised how much more pleasant it is to ride a road bike than a mountain bike.

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It was a nice little workout.  Basically a 40 minute aerobic session with one good hill in the middle.  Avg. Speed was 28km/h.  I had 108m of climbs.

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I enjoyed that.  I think it might be a good way to add some aerobic minutes.

9 thoughts on “New toy – cheap road bike

    • gregsmith01748 says:

      So many toys to buy. A power meter is on my list, but not at the top. I think a turbo trainer is probably the first item, like a tacx bushido. After that, a cadence sensor. A power sensor comes next, but I’d probably go for a direct measurement approach instead of one that measures wind and speed and tries to figure it out.

      Of course, if the oar inspired power measurement system for rowing gets launched into the market, that would trump them all!

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      • Boris says:

        “Of course, if the oar inspired power measurement system for rowing gets launched into the market, that would trump them all!”

        Ohh yeah, ff course! 😎

        “So many toys to buy.”

        My sequence (for the bike side) would be different, but everyone is different as has different goals/priorities. Cheers.


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