I?m now 60 and a casual cyclist. I would like to do more for the same effort. Would a different bike help?
My current bikes are a 1950s Higgins and a 1960s Hetchins, both equipped with Italian parts. A replacement bike needs to have better brakes, more gears and more comfort. I have never ridden anything modern but am told carbon-fibre is the way forward. I have £2,500 to spend. Can you help?
John Foy, email
Modern bikes are efficient and easy to use, and there is something for everyone. If comfort is your priority, consider a bike from the cyclo-sportive products that most big manufacturers include in their ranges.
These have compact chainsets, usually 50/34-teeth chainrings, to give you both a low and wide range of gears. They certainly take the strain out of climbing steep, long hills. The bikes? frames have slightly different geometries to out-and-out racers in that they allow you to sit a little more upright, but with dropped handlebars you still get good downhill aerodynamics.
For your budget the Trek Madone (non-pro models), Specialized Roubaix and Cannondale Synapses are good examples. You won?t find one to cater for your preference for Italian components, but the Japanese stuff works just as well.
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