after a month of getting back to cycling fixed, i’ve realised that, in sydney its not going to cut it for commuting. Mainly because the mashing on hills and trying to slow down on the other side are taking their toll on my knees. I’ve developed pain and weird clicking in my knee, which is worrying, given at my age shit doesn’t really heal up, it just continues getting worse.
So the plan is to get the knee checked out, take a few weeks off etc. But definitely getting back to cycling, but this time on a geared road bike.
I’ve cycled enough in my life and have owned some good to great fixie bikes, so I can’t bring myself to buy a cheapo road bike, so looking for something descent. I’m not hung up on Alu vs carbon, but aesthetics do make a huge difference to me; as such, bit yes to internal cabling, and NOOO to massive branding and multi coloured frames.
As far as components, from what i’ve talked to my LBS and research, i don’t want anything lower than a Shimano 105, ideally ultegra, but i need to keep it within a budget of under $2000.
So far, I really like the Canyon AL’s that come in just under the 2000 mark after shipping and pedals. Also, the Cell Omeo fits the bill, but I always thought Cell was a cheap brand.
If i can get second hand, which would be about 1500, then that would also be great.
BTW, size wise, i need something with a 58cm-60cm top tube…depending on geometry.
any suggestions would be highly welcomed