Commuting, errands, recreation, exercise. Nothing super serious. At most, a few miles in a day.
I'm looking to get a road bike, for both riding around town and riding to work/the train station, as well as exercise in general.
So, any recommendations for a decent starter bike? I don't want something super cheap, but I'm not looking to break the bank, either. I'd say my budget is about $500-$600. Maybe $700 at the absolute most.
However, I also like to tinker and rice, so something with a lot of customization options would be nice. On that note, what are my options for aesthetic customizations with bikes? How hard is it to get wheels/spokes, for example, in different colors? Is there a good place to buy that kind of stuff online?
Other than that, I just want a simple, plain, non-shiny black frame.