Any keen cyclists on the forum?
My ancient 35 year old (owned since a teenager!) road bike is now impractical to maintain as parts are scarce, so I need a new road bike. Initial question is simple - experienced MTB rider not up to date on road bike advances needs guidance through the myriad of options? A few issues which complicate the choice. Thoughts…
Budget: Is tight (just had to buy a new car) so looking at secondhand up to the £800 mark, can stretch to just below 1K if necessary.
Use: Urban cycling all rounder for running errands and short fitness rides under an hour duration (20-30 miles max). Will need something to cope with uneven surfaces and paths (local roads are abysmal). Want something that’s light, fun, fast and nimble, yet forgiving - I’m getting old!
Frame material: Having never owned a carbon frame I’m curious, but concerned about fragility. Really like titanium, but are pricey and scarce. Aluminium not so keen due to road chatter, unless made by Cannondale (CAAD10 or 12). Steel? Possibly (current frame), but bottom of the list as I fancy a change.
Options: First thoughts are an up to date enduro bike - Giant Defy, Cannondale Synapse, Specialised Roubaix etc, or a flat bar racer such as a Giant Fastroad Advanced. Then an MTB friend suggested something like a gravel / cyclo cross bike like a Giant TCX, which is an interesting idea. I’ve been spoilt with disc brakes on the MTB, so discs would be preferred option if achievable on a road bike.
I did even consider buying an older XC MTB, fitting slicks and making a lightweight component swap project out of it, but this could get pricey very quickly, and of course would still be an MTB.
Fit: I’m 5’10". So on the cusp of between M and M/L, so experience of Giant / Cannondale road specific fit would be of great help.
For ref: LBS stock Giant, Cannondale and Specialized. I’ve been in touch with them (they maintain my MTB), but get hardly any second-hand road bikes traded in, but would prioritise their stocked brands for parts access and servicing. They have been very helpful, suggesting the Giant Defy as a cracking all rounder even though they have nothing available (sold all their stock in my size).
As ever, thanks in advance for the shared expertise.