I know there are some Redzoners who are avid bikers. I'm looking to become a more serious rider and will soon be in the market for a new bike.
Right now, I'm looking for an aluminum framed, entry-level road bike (not willing to shell out the bucks for ti or composite). I'm not looking to race, but I want to be able to go on some 40-50+ mile rides in the future and want a bike that can make that happen.
There are so many manufacturers out there and my knowledge is quite limited. Which ones do you recommend in terms of quality and value? I'm also looking to pick up a trainer so I can ride through the winter yucky months. Any recommendations there?
The last bike I bought has been a total disaster. It's a good bike, don't get me wrong. But it's completely wrong for what I want to do and I don't want to make the same mistake twice.