I, too, would start with the LBS. Be sure to test ride a bike before you purchase one. If the shop has test saddles, try several of them also. Everyone is different and the saddle can make a big difference. Expensive isn't always better.
Purchase the best bike shorts you possible can. It will make a big difference in your comfort. (and Chamois Butter is your friend)
Also, if there is a bike club in your area contact them for suggestions on routes and beginner rides they may have. It is always nice to have a few people riding with you.
Set a short term goal, like by the end of June I want to ride 5 (or whatever) miles without stopping. Then set a long term goal, like by the end of summer I want to ride 30 miles in a day.
Most important of all, have fun.
One Day at a Time: 1) walk/ride 30 minutes 2) organize something 3) 3 fruits/veges daily 4) sew 1 bobbin full 5) do a good deed
Kudos on breaking loose from the Spinning bikes! I'm always cheering my spin class buddies to do this and make it clear that for me, spinning is WAY less gratifying than hitting the road on my bike and they don't know what they're missing if they aren't doing the same! I'm amazed over the number of spinners who don't cycle outdoors!
LBS (Local Bike Shop) is always a good bet...shop around, see who's helpful. Another possibility to help you decide what kind of bike you want is to talk around with friends and family and see if anyone has a bike to loan you or at least allow you to use it for a few hours. You might quickly get a feel for what seems "right" or what is way off.
Another suggestion is to consider what kind of cycling do you think you would be drawn to: heading up to the hills or out into the woods and trails (i.e. mountain bike) or cutting loose for the wide open roads (road or touring bike, if yearning for longer distances; hybrid for shorter jots around town).
Let us know how you make out and what choices you're drawn to!
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What kind of biking do you wish to pursue? Road, paved trails, off-road trails, mountain biking? May I suggest you go to a professional bike shop near you. They can help you decide what type of bike will fit your needs. Your local bike shop has the knowledge to properly fit you to a bike of your choice. And, they are always willing to work with their customers after purchase as well for routine maintenance and/or repairs. Good luck with your new adventures in biking! Happy trails!
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