Thanks for visiting the road bike guy! I try and keep this page current as my road biking journeys unfold. I hope you find the bike and gear reviews helpful. Please leave your feedback on any posts where you can add more information. As you will find out I am not nor claim to be an expert, just one guy on a road biking journey .
Road biking has always been a sport I was intrigued, but never jumped into other then doing some mountain biking here and there for fun. Or if you call riding around on a Hutch BMX bike as a kid doing street tricks chasing girls and pretty much harassing the local neighborhood road biking experience, then I have that, but knowing what I know about road biking, it doesn’t qualify.
I’ve been active my whole life, playing sports since I could walk and lifting weights and running since college to stay fit. When I hit my late thirties I decided to rethink my fitness and running regime because I’ve had three ACL repairs (due to some fun I had playing lacrosse from first grade through college) and thought I should try to prolong the need for a new knee as long as possible. I knew I wanted to do something that was high intensity, fun and competitive that would transform my body from a somewhat lean very muscular guy (I did amateur body building) into a lighter, leaner body. I tried swimming and while it was fun, it just did not live up to my expectations. In 2009 while spending some time in Jackson, WY I rented a road bike and rode a few weeks with friends in between fishing. I had a blast and that is really what sparked me jumping into the sport.
In the spring of 2010 I bought a bike magazine and checked out their recommendation in their best buys section. I found a Jamis Ventura Elite at what seemed like a decent price (little did I know at the time the bike would be what I would eventually pay for a set of wheels). I called some local bike shops and learned the Bike Doctor in Easton carried Jamis. I dropped in and asked if they had the Elite model, learned that they did not, but could get it and that I needed to be measured to figure out what size frame I needed. I threw down the $29.95 for the fitting, we ordered the bike and I was on my way. Little did I know what I am getting myself into.
I learned about a local group ride that met on Sunday mornings in Easton, MD that had a reputation for being pretty serious and made up of ex and current road racers. I figured I’d join the group and kick some ass. I was the youngest guy in the group, but the only ass kicking that got done was mine. I learned real quick about the “real” meaning of fit. Fit to this group is bring able to ride fast for a “short” 50 miler on Sunday morning. The ride was a group ride/race and I lost every week, mostly getting dropped from all of 2010 and the beginning of 2011 when I finally figured out what it was all about. As I learned from the group, reading and talking to guys, I slowly transformed by body composition and upgraded my gear. In early 2011 I upgraded my bike, gear and everything other biking thing, lost 20lbs, redesigned my weight lifting workouts, in 2012 joined the Annapolis Bike Racing Team and started racing.
That’s the short version. So why this site? I built one of the largest fishing sites on the internet based on my fishing adventures. It’s helped a lot of people and has grown to a community of over 61,700+ anglers. I figured I would start a biking site based on my biking journey where I chronicle my biking adventures, post reviews of bikes, bike gear, bike rides, biking pictures and all other stuff road biking in hopes of creating a biking resource.
What you will find here is a guy who is a gear head in other things and turned into one for road biking. I do not have twenty years of experience with road biking, which maybe in some cases is good since I can evaluate bike gear and parts based on what I experience without prior history. In some cases that might be bad, but I always present what I experience and what the research I did shows. I call it how I see it. I have a lot of experience with fitness and training which plays a big part in becoming a better biker, so that is an area I can offer good advice.
Please feel free to leave comments, this site is meant to be a resource for those who want to or are getting into road biking with the idea of expanding their fitness and possibly getting into the competitive side as well. Experts may learn something here or might not, but their feedback is always welcomed.
If you want to learn more about me and my background outside of road biking you can visit my personal site biography. If you want to learn about the fishing side of me you can check out the fishing site that I run called Tidal Fish.
Feel free to email me any questions or feedback you have to brandon @ brandoncwhite dot com.