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PATTYGRAN Posts: 411
6/21/13 11:17 A

Thanks for all the responses. There are several bike shops in the area and I plan to check them out. I'm also trying to find bike trails as I live in a city but am not sure about riding around the city on a bike. I work to far away to ride to work but would love to be outdoors riding when I have the time. I actually have a three wheel bike in my garage (a friends) but have never tried it as the tires are flat. I also want to check out the group here on line so thanks again for all the info.

RIVETPA Posts: 1,177
6/21/13 8:33 A

I've been biking recreationally since I was 5. I love going for bike rides and can easily spend the whole day quite literally, out riding around. I bike to work, and the city where I live has tons of great bike trails, and many of the roads have a dedicated bike mini-lane which is good.

It's great exercise, it's great fun. My bike is nothing fancy - those ones get stolen, it's an old Raleigh road bike from the 80's I think.. I like mountain bikes too, but since I live in the city now, there's no off-road trails for mountain biking...I like the open road

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6/20/13 1:28 P

Hi, Patty !

The first thing to do when deciding what type of bike you want is to go to your local bike shop.
Most bike shops will allow you to "test drive" a bike as long as you leave a credit card. They expect a customer to want to see how a bike feels. There are lots of snazzy bikes out there. Depending on the bells and whistles, you could pay anywhere from $150- $1,500+ for a bike.

If you're just going to ride around the city, you might consider a comfort or hybrid style bike. Cyclists who do a lot of riding may well have two or more bikes for different purposes. If you're looking to be a bit more fit, then go with a hybrid or a comfort bike. They're both very versatile models.

Don't buy your bike from Walmart or any other retail store, try to buy from a reputable bike shop. Walmart won't let you try the bike. A bike shop will. You need to know how you fit to the bike. Because some bikes look great in the magazines, but when you ride them... something doesn't feel right.

I tried/rode a bunch of different bikes before I decided on a Specialized hybrid. I did paid around $300. You don't have to pay that much. You could find a perfectly good bike for less, but once again it depends on the technology. the more high tech the bike, the higher the price.

If you don't want to pay a lot, consider buying a USED bike. Many bike shops do sell used models for less. That might be a good option too. You can also check craigslist for bikes. But you have to be a savvy consumer. because you could get taken.

Where to start ? Go check your local bike shops. it's okay to look. go online and check out this website for some basics....

There are many more bike/cycle websites out there. The more you know, the better able you'll be to decide what YOU want from that bike. Don't buy on impulse or you'll end up with an expensive coat rack. Take your time. Buying a bike is an important purchase.

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6/20/13 1:18 P

I've been biking while my heel has been bothering me. It's quite the workout!

To buy a bike, go to an actual bike store. Those guys and gals know their stuff. I went to one, and they set me up with a really nice bike that was gently used. Alternately, try a sporting goods store with a knowledgeable staff (like Scheels if you have one). Let them help you find something that will work for you.

After that, it's a matter of maintenance. Get a good air pump for your tires, a helmet, lights if your area requires it. I recommend some kind of bike odometer; Schwinn makes some nice ones that are inexpensive.

Happy riding! emoticon

6/20/13 12:54 P

Shameless plug for one of my teams, check out the Spark team "Slow Riders", we are a group of recreational and commuter riders who are not the hardcore lycra crowd albeit some of use do the lycra thing. There is information on a variety of topics and support support from a knowledgeable and experienced group of spoke heads to ask questions about cycling.

ZELDA13 SparkPoints: (77,993)
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6/20/13 12:25 P

Been thinking of biking also. It's a long time since I've been on a bike. We're taking a trip next week and we're going to rent bikes one day that we're away. If that goes well, I'll look into buying one.

6/20/13 11:45 A

I am trying to get into biking myself. My boyfriend is an avid biker; he has both a mountain and a road bike, and tons of accessories. He loves it, and the only thing that has held me back over the past couple years is money. However, my uncle recently brought us 2 mountain bikes that need a little bit of work done to them, so my boyfriend is going to fix them up so that I can learn!!! I'm really excited. It's a fantastic form of exercise, and there's nothing like being outside (at least to me). If you know you enjoy spinning, you're probably going to love biking as well, especially if you're the outdoorsy type like me. Just be aware that it can be a big financial commitment. That being said, nothing is too expensive when it comes to your health, and there are some affordable brands out there. Go you!!!!!!

Edited to add that I do already know how to ride a bike, I just need to "learn" how to do it on mountain bike trails. :)

Edited by: HEALTHYFOREVER4 at: 6/20/2013 (11:46)
PATTYGRAN Posts: 411
6/20/13 11:41 A

Any bike riders out there? I'm seriously thinking of getting a bike and am wondering just how to go about it. I've been spinning all winter and plan to continue but I really want to get outdoors and to ride more than just a 30 or 60 minute class. We have bike and walking trails around here but I don't think I've been on a bike in probably 25 years. Any advise? I really think I'd love it, I know I use to.

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