Bikes Direct is loaded with tons of options so I thought it would be fun to make some recommendations from their site. My first recommendation is the Motobecane Super Mirage SL for a good entry level road bike. It comes in burnt orange and dark silver, have a look:
What I like:
2X8 STI drivetrain
Shimano Claris derailleurs
WTB Silverado saddle
Fits tires as wide as 40c
32 spoke double wall rims
For the money this bike has some real nice specs. It should be decently light with an aluminum frame. The endurance geometry plus 32c tires and steel front fork should help make this bike a comfortable ride. Not to mention the WTB Silverado saddle should also be pretty comfy. Disc brakes give it some cool factor and Claris derailleurs are good and reliable.
The ability to use up to 40c tires will make this bike very versatile. The 32c tires should be good for some easy gravel riding but go wider if you want to try rougher terrain. My road bike doesn’t take vey wide tires, so I have a road and a gravel bike.
Motobecane is also a great vintage bike brand. It’s not the same company now as I believe Bikes Direct purchased the brand, but Motobecane was a French company founded in 1923 with a long history of making bicycles. Mirage is also a vintage model. It’s always cool to have a good bicycle brand name on the frame.
Get yours today at Bikes Direct:
About Bikes Direct: This is an online retailer, so not for everyone. You will get a bike that needs some assembly and tuning. Even the best bikes aren’t so good if they aren’t tuned. So, you will either have to tune it yourself or find a shop that will do it for you. Expect to pay for a tune up if you haven’t yet worked on bikes. You also won’t be able to test ride. They give enough info that you really should be able to pick a good size, but nothing beats a test ride. If you buy from a local bike shop, they will also give you fit advice and fix things that go wrong with the bike, plus usually a free first tune up. If you want to get on the road fast and stay on the road a local bike shop may be a better option for you. But you will save a good chunk of cash and once tuned any Bikes Direct bike should be a great ride. Just probably not the best place for everyone.
Notes: This is a hands-off review based on the specs. I have not ridden this bike, but my knowledge of bikes says it’s a good deal. This is my favorite entry level road bike from Bikes Direct, I’ll be reviewing some other brands also.