Having decide a few weeks ago that i need to lose some weight and reach some reasonable level of fitness i decided to buy a bike through the BTW scheme. I read countless threads here and on other forums in relation to what bike to get but didnt get any firm answers and so decided to simply go along to my nearest shop and ask them.
I had a very very basic idea about group sets/brakes/frames etc etc but ultimately my decision was based on budget and looks.
I didnt want to spend any more than €700-800 on the bike and the rest was for clothing/helmet etc etc
I finally settled on a Ridley Triton C purely on its looks (grey/silver/black colour scheme) I know very little on the spec except that it has carbon fork and seat stem, shimano sora gears (triple set on front, 8 on rear) and it felt very light to lift (to me).
I sent off all the paper work early last week and it should all be sorted by the end of this week.
I've been reading endless threads on bikes and getting started being a complete noob in this area and the thing that seems to keep coming up is people choosing one bike over another because the other bike had a tripple gear set and now i'm wondering if i should maybe look into getting a bike with two and 9 or 10 rear cassette or does it not really make any difference?
The bike is purely for the odd evening and saturday/sunday morning cycle. I've joined a cycle club at work and hope that at the end of the summer i might be in a position to do some of the sportives arranged.
When i was in the shop choosing the bike it came down to the Triton and a Ridley EOS which has triangular sectioned frame which i didnt like the look of but i did ask about the gearing and explained that there are quite a lot of tight hill climbs in and around where i live and so starting off i wanted something that i would be able to ride up hill without having to get off and walk and therefore had lowest gearing for hills (maybe that should be highest but he knew what i meant) anyway he said the Triton had the lowest gearing of the two and so that made my mind up....
Now i'm not so sure. I havent got the bike yet and i imagine i could still change it and add money to get a different bike if need be so please advise me.