Driven by the economy, a desire for better health, frustration with commuting or a desire to hit the open road, you are looking to buy a road bike. 2009 is the perfect time to get out of the automobile and onto the open road on a new bike.
Below are a few popular bikes that are perfect road bikes for beginners or intermediate riders. Before you buy take a look at the benefits of each. This will make your road bike buying task a little easier.
Once you have decided on a couple of your favorite bikes the best thing to do is give them a test ride.
GMC Road Bikes – 2009 GMC Denali
Carbon bikes are trendy, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a carbon bike is the best road bike for you. Aluminum bikes make great beginner road bikes and can be purchased at affordable prices. GMC Road makes aluminum bikes which begin around $200. These bikes are perfect for beginners who don’t want to sink a lot of money into a road bike until they are sure they want to take up a cycling lifestyle.
For under $200 you can purchase the 2009 GMC Denali. This is the bike introduced by GMC that has enabled casual bikers to once again take to the open road. The Denali has a lightweight aluminum frame, 21 speeds for a variety of terrains, and Shimano gears and brakes. Shimano provides excellent cycling products from components for this entry level bike to top of the line racing road bikes.
The GMC Yukon XL is the next step up in GMC 2009 road bikes, with smooth shifting and braking with levers in the same position. The Yukon road bike also has an aluminum frame and Shimano gears and brakes.
GMC Road Bikes – 2009 GMC Denali Limited Road Bike
If you are willing to spend a little more for a road bike, check out the GMC Denali Limited Road Bike. For just over $500 you can move into the coveted position of owning a carbon bike frame. The Denali Limited is actually a combination of aluminum and carbon fiber. The frame is aluminum and carbon fiber with a carbon fiber fork. The bike features smooth shifting Shimano components.
2009 GMC road bikes come in 20″, 22″ and 25″ frames.
Cadillac Road Bikes – Cadillac CTS 14 Speed Road Bike
A beautiful, functional, and affordable road bike made by Cadillac Road Bikes is the CTS 14 Speed Road Bike. Beginning and intermediate bikers will appreciate the features and comfort on this road bike. Designed like more expensive road bikes, the Cadillac CTS offers European style on an aluminum frame. Shimano brake levers and shifters allow for smooth efficient shifting. Brakes and shifters are positioned conveniently to allow quick shifting and braking without a lot of movement from the seat. Alloy handlebars and a 700c alloy fork enable smooth, responsive handling.
If you want to be on an efficient, European styled road bike in 2009, consider the Cadillac CTS. It offers a comfortable ride with easy to use components.
A few perks available on the bike include the option for clipped or clipless pedals, aluminum wheels for exceptional braking, and 700 x 25c Hutchinson tires with a standard valve.
The compact geometric design of this bike frame allows cyclists to ride a smaller frame than they generally ride. Take one for a test ride before you buy.
2009 Windsor Willow Road Bike – For Women
Women and smaller cyclists should take advantage of the 2009 Windsor Willow Road Bike. If you can stand the color, pearl mint green, this bike is budget friendly and is designed for the needs of smaller cyclists. The 2009 Windsor Willow offers a comfortable ride with smaller wheels to accommodate easier pedaling for smaller cyclists. An ultra light alloy, quick release seat allows riders to easily adjust the bicycle seat for optimal comfort.
Shimano derailleurs and shifters compliment a light weight aluminum frame. The bike retails for $795, but has been introduced with a 2009 promotional price of $459.95.
Trek Road Bikes – 7.2 FX
Believe it or not, you don’t have to overlook the name Trek when you are looking for an entry level or intermediate road bike. While Trek has a huge selection of carbon fiber bikes, high-end racing bikes, and even custom built bikes they also have a road bike that enters the intermediate category for around $500.
The Trek 7.2 FX WSD is designed for ultimate road riding. It is doesn’t have bent handlebars like many road bikes, which makes it a great bike for longer rides. One of the perks of the Trek 7.2 FX is the Bontrager Nebula Saddle which makes for a more comfortable ride. The bike also features Bontrager Grips which are ergonomically designed for comfort, control, and braking. Ride with confidence using Shimano shifters, crank, and derailleurs.
This is another bike which is ideal for women and smaller cyclists. The frame is available in 15″, 17″ and 19″ frames. The Trek 7.2 FX is essentially the same bike with a larger frames including 17″, 20″, 22.5″ and 25.”
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