Background info about me:
Previously, most of my riding was done in the desert on a mountain bike. That was a different time and different era (when the beer belly was not around mostly!). Since then, I am a bit removed from being physically able to do mountain biking. Gaining weight makes it harder to climb rocks (actually almost flipped backwards at one point trying to pop my wheel up) and I have also suffered from injuries while I was running track. I have spent much time trying to rehab my leg but I am not able to run like I used to and my trainer suggested I should get into road biking. I would also like to make a note that this leg injury is not fresh but a 10 year old problem I have been dealing with. I do agree that road biking would be better as I can maintain a constant cadence that you cannot do in the mountains which puts less twitch strain on my leg. Oh I am also 29 for those that want to know my age in relevance to goals/body shape.
- Get in shape
- Morning / weekend riding
- Improve endurance
- Eventually join a cycling club
- One day possibly enter into a local race
- Try to hit and maintain a 20+(hitting close to 30 would be nice) mph base speed (currently can do about 15-17 on an exercise bike but not sure how that compares to actual riding).
- Morning rides of about 20-30 miles with weekend rides hoping to hit 100 miles.
I understand asking about product recommendation is off topic so I will do my best to also keep it objective.
Gear wise and body type wise, I am pretty limited to a few frames and gear sets based on my budget and I also understand it would be off topic to ask anyways.
I am undecided on the geometry I should do. Some bikes have a flat back, others allow for variety/hybrid of an upright or flat back. I understand asking for opinions is just that, open ended opinions, but if anyone can provide facts to why one would be better than the other for where I am at and where I would like to go, that would be appreciated.
I understand it is hard to tell without testing bikes and the best solution is "go to a bike shop and test ride" but it is hard to test a bike for any length of distances as most of the bike shops in my area just let you ride it around in the back lot for a couple minutes.