Originally posted by git_r_dun0405
I already own a Trek 7100 Comfort/Hybrid bike. And was wondering. Whats a good Road Bike for under $500?
Since you have a hybrid,what kind of riding do you plan to do with the road bike? Do you want something faster with a race geometry or something for longer distance rides?
Most road bikes under $500 are going to be set up for "sport touring" and may not have the features you're looking for like;
longer top tube
road race geometry
In other words,there will be an emphasis on accommodating beginners by offering wider range gearing with triple chainrings,adjustable angle stems or upright-angled stems,wider saddles,heavier wheels and at this price point,lower end shifting.You may find a bike like this very much like what you already have in your Trek,except a little lighter and a little faster.
There are a few decent ones out there near your price if you look at last year's models and shop around.I've seen some Brands that offer true road bikes at your price point,some even have steel frames instead of aluminum, good positioning/geometries,and decent shifting-although you will get the triple cranks,which isn't nescessarily a bad thing....
Check these bikes:
KHS -Flite 300