Just signed up to the forum as looking for bit more info, guidance and help on road cycling.
I've never owned a road bike, up until now its been mountain bike, but still not a huge amount of experience on that either.
I'm looking to start road cycling, mainly for fitness, but dont know much about it.
Ideally looking at a decent but not hugely expensive bike which would suit a beginner and also suit me as I begin to improve get used to it.
I've got a Giant Trance mountain bike, which has been really good so was looking at the Giant road bikes, but someone also suggested Merida. My friends just got into road cycling and he got a good deal on a second hand specialized tarmac.
Does anyone have any tips, thoughts or opinions as to what I should be looking for and also anything to watch out or consider?
I'm 5ft8, so not even sure what size of bike I'd be looking at.
Other than the obvious helmet and padded shorts is there much else I'd need to factor in on starting out costs?
Thanks in advance,