newbie to cycling

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    May 10, 2007 3:51 PM GMT
    Hello guys. Thinking about bicycling as one aspect of getting into shape. What would be a good brand and type of bicycle for a beginner? Haven't rid a bike in years. Right now I'm looking to ride in my neighborhood and the local parks and if I'm brave enough to ride a bike to work later on.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

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    May 10, 2007 5:56 PM GMT
    How much are you planning on spending? For a few hundred dollars or less you could get a mountain bike at a department store or spend a little more and get a mountain or city bike with a lighter aluminium frame and better components. For casual riding a city bike (one that combines multiple gears like a 10 speed, with a mountainbike like frame on thinner tires) would be a good choice for a comfortable all around bike to ride around town and do some light off roading. I'm biased towards Cannondale, but there are plenty of good brands out there.
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    May 10, 2007 6:02 PM GMT
    There are lots of good brands out there. As Twin said its about what your using it for. If your primarily on roads then you might want to get a bike with thinner tires and possibly a hybrid. If you plan on taking it on some single track trails then maybe getting some suspension would be good. Me I currently ride a Trek and it is a good company with some great quality bikes. Bikes can range from 300 to 6000 depending on the components and how much you are willing to spend.
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    May 11, 2007 12:10 AM GMT
    Agree with the idea that you need to think about where you'll ride. I'd really encourage you to go to a good bike shop. You can spend a few hundred dollars on up there. They'll be sure it fits right. Don't forget a helmet is a must and you'l enjoy it more with a goof pair of cycling shorts (padded of course) and gloves to protect your hands. Good luck
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    Jun 12, 2007 2:45 AM GMT
    hey man,

    I just started cycling 2 weeks ago or so and got a Trek7300. It was last year's model and on sale. But it was recommended by my bike shop for pretty much exactly what you were looking for. It's a hybrid bike, so you can't do mountain biking with it, but you can take it on a dirt road if you need to. It's great for commuting and riding paved bike trails. I ride mine about 16 miles a day and on big days about 30 miles, but I totally thing I will take it on 50 mi. trips when my legs get used to it :)
  • atxdavid

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    Jul 07, 2007 10:56 PM GMT
    I bought the same bike - a Trek 7300 - last year. It's a good "hybrid", although I'm now wishing I had a dedicated road bike. Not that there's anything wrong with the Trek - it's perfect for the hike-and-bike trails around here - I just find I'm doing more road riding than I thought I would.

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    Jul 07, 2007 11:34 PM GMT
    WATCH the TOUR DE FRANCE and that might motivate you to get onto the bike!
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    Nov 26, 2007 8:51 PM GMT
    all of u beginers should start with a good not-so-expensive bike.."TREK" and move up to more expensive made in the usa" bike....I started riding about 23 miles on week-ends...and my first major bike ride was the 'rosarito to ensenada, mexico ride...50 miles...fucken ride is :April 19, 2008 - 10:00 a.m. start..hust some advice
  • kasch33

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    Nov 26, 2007 9:46 PM GMT
    I just bought a Columbia mountain bike a few months ago, moderately priced but a step up from a starter bike. It's been great on streets, however, I'm doing a lot more trail riding than I expected and have already had to upgrade some of the parts. Had I known I was going to like biking and trail riding so much I would have spent more on the bike. As far as getting into shape, I've lost about 5 pounds and have definitely toned up (especially noticeable in the abs and legs!).
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    Nov 26, 2007 10:42 PM GMT
    Go to a bike shop.

    Tell them about the riding that you want to do.

    For riding back and forth to work, they will show you a bike somewhere between $300 and $800.

    This is will be slightly more expensive than if you went to a department store and bought a bike there, but:

    - The bike shop bike will fit you, meaning that it will be more comfortable to ride

    - The bike shop bike will be of a type suitable for the riding that you will generally be doing; not so for most department stores

    - The bike shop bike will be properly assembled, meaning that it won't suffer from premature wear, and will be mechanically safe to ride. The department store bike will be thrown together by some monkey who hasn't got a clue what he's doing

    - The bike shop that sells you the bike will be able to service your bike for you and will be your connection to the cycling community, if you decide you'd like to ride with others

    The brand of bike they sell you doesn't matter. If there are several options within a price range, pick the color you like best.

    Within each price range, the relative quality of the construction of the bike will be the same, as will the relative quality of the various components (wheels, brakes, shifters, etc)
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    Nov 26, 2007 11:24 PM GMT
    If you think you are going to stick to casual riding... go with a relatively inexpensive bike. However, if you think you have more than an interest and want to test it out, do what I did. In the past, I did a lot of road riding, several thousand miles a year. After a few years of not riding, I wanted to give mountain biking a try. Rather than go out and buy an inexpensive bike to start with, I borrowed a bike from a friend. Within a couple of days, I knew I wanted to approach mountain biking seriously. I bought a great bike, but the sticker shock hurt for a few weeks. That was back in May and I know now that buying an inexpensive or even mid range bike would have been a total waste of money. If you don't have friends with a bike you can try, you can often find places that rent bikes. And do like others have suggested... go to the bike store. They know the questions to ask about the riding you want to do and can point you to the one for you.

    AND... don't forget the helmet... I had a nasty crash this summer, broken collar bone and ribs, but the helmet saved me.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 30, 2007 6:01 AM GMT
    go to a bike shop. Try some used models. You will know what feels right.

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    Nov 30, 2007 6:36 AM GMT
    I was looking for bikes to replace our TREK crossovers.

    Just bought a couple of bikes from Specialized Bikes.

    Specialized Crosstrail Limited ~ $1800 ea plus an extra $40 for Speedzone computers

    Expensive but worth it (I hope), compared to other similarly equiped bikes it costs about half as much.

    RockShox Reba SL fork, 29er w/ motion control
    Specialized OS carbon XC rise bar
    Avid Juicy 5 hydraulic disc brakes
    SRAM X.0, 9-speed rear derailleur

    Specialized Crosstrail Disc rims, double wall w/ machine sidewalls and eyelets

    Specialized Borough XC tires, 1.9" w/ aramid bead, 120TPI, dual compound


    Bought two - one for Iain, one for me. Christmas presents.

    Anybody else dealt w/ Specialized?

    A friend in San Diego highly recommended them.
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    Dec 01, 2007 5:51 PM GMT
    Over the years I've been a dealer for all the major name brands and honestly there is little difference between then at the lower to middle price points. You're going to see the biggest difference in components.

    It's when you get up into the higher price points where you start to see the true customization and differentiation between the brands.

    I personally loved the Specialized I had 10-12 yrs ago. It was one of the first aluminum/ceramic frame sets they made. Part of what I liked was the frame feel but the Rudy fork was awesome. (It'd seem archaic now but it had carbon stantion tubes.)

    If I had to choose something today ... I'd probably look at SEVEN or litespeed.
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    Mar 16, 2008 4:03 AM GMT
    Trek and Specialized are going to give you the best bang for your buck hands down. I recommend looking for them (new and used) in your price range.

    As I've stated on other posts I ride and LOVE my Specialized HardRock XC


    ...but you should definatly shop around to find the one thats right for you.