So, you have been riding bikes in your neighborhood or on a bike trail. Occasionally, you will see, or get passed by someone on what looks like to be a sports car! This “sports car” is lighter and faster than your cruiser, hybrid, or mountain bike.
A thought goes into your head, “That looks pretty cool! I’d like to give that a go.”
Now, most people that are just starting off do not want to get a high end road bike because they ask themselves, “What if I don’t like it?” or, “I’d like to ride this for a year and ride “X” amount of miles on this, then earn my upgrade.”
Enter the Jamis Ventura Sport, weighing in at 23.25 pounds. Having test ridden this bike on many occasions, I am chomping at the bit to get one for myself! Not only do I love the Jamis paint jobs, (yes, cosmetics are important to me), but what I really like is the frame geometry on this bike.
The frame is the heart of your new road bike and it’s where the majority of the budget goes. Frames are made from a range of materials, the most common being steel, aluminum, titanium and carbon fiber. Broadly, frames made from any particular material will have common characteristics, though what the designer does with a material is as important as the material itself.
Albumin is the most common frame material for road bikes costing under $1000. It’s inexpensive, and a very good material to make bikes from because it builds into stiff, light frames. The latest aluminum frames boast some advanced features and design touches.
The Ventura Sport has a longer head tube than most road bikes, allowing you to sit up a bit more comfortably, while still riding an aerodynamic position that really engages your glutes (Yes, your butt!).
The handling and acceleration of this bike makes it a top pick for many cycling enthusiasts and publications.
If you are looking to get into road cycling or triathalons, this could be a wonderful pick for you. Cheers from PK’S Bike Shop!