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7/19/09 8:13 P

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I agree with Bev. -except the fitting is what will make sure you and the bike are a good match.

As for the saddle, typically you wont find that out until you have some time on the saddle.

I completely agree with the shorts. However, there are a number of outlets where you can get really good shorts marked down. I recently bought two pair of Pearl Izumi's 15% off at REI online - last time I got shorts I had some nice Cannondale's from Sierratradingpost.com - the Performance bike and Bike Nashbar store brand is not bad either.

Chamoix butter is something to consider, but I you may want to talk about that with the woman cyclists around here (smile)



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7/19/09 7:20 P

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Welcome to the team. You have gotten some good advice from everyone so far. My best advice is to find a good bike shop that will let you test ride some bikes and see what you like. They will also be able to get a frame and build one to suit you. The saddle (seat) is very important, as are your bike shorts. Don't scrimp on the shorts.

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7/19/09 6:06 P

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Since I lack the Coordination gene in my pool, I ride a mountain bike on the bike trails. The wider tires, help me to keep my balance better, I've learned not to fall every time, I now have stopping at intersections and holding on to the pole for support without falling, and I now have the concept of getting my feet in and out of the straps.

I'm FINALLY ready for a road bike and clips..cow-a-bunga dude...watch out.

Good Luck on your bike purchase and may you glide over the trails like the speed of the wind, and light as a feather

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7/19/09 2:45 P

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Ditto to what Giant-steps and the others said.
we'll be glad to offer advice and experience but you have to know what you want to do.
The local bike shops(LBS)aren't getting rich and will help you a lot.
After you get experience and know what you want then you can explore other options.
Don't cheap out and buy a department store bike. The money is thrown away as you won't be happy in the long run and resale value of these bikes is low.

After you get the bike, ride it, ride it, ride it...



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7/19/09 12:48 P

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Getting your first bike is a bit of a shot in the dark. If you get one type of bike you might later decide that you prefer a different kind of riding.

Hybrids are a nice bike to start with, they are the proverbial jack-of-all trades that can do everything but does nothing exceptionally well. Even if you get more specialized bike later your hybrid can still serve as your beater bike for running errands etc. If you get interested in riding rallies you probably will want to get a road bike to be more comfortable and efficient for long distances. If you want to ride off road than a mountain bike might be more your cup of tea.

I'll also put in a plug for local bike shops. A good bike shop supports cycling in your area. Mail order shops will save you a few dollars but do they sponsor local bike clubs and teams? Do they sponsor rides in your area? Are they willing to give you advice you need to enjoy cycling more? Do they put on rides for their customers. Find the best bike shop in your area and give them your business. I've worked in some great bike shops that went out of business because they just couldn't make enough money to pay their bills. I've never met anyone who got rich selling bicycles; they do it because they love cycling.

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7/19/09 9:49 A

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Something you might also want to look for in the bicycle is the shifter. Most of the shifters that you see at the LBS these days have a pretty good track record in terms of quality build. What you're going to want to consider is the shifter mechanism that you use to change the gears. Do you want twist shifters? Trigger shifters? Old school levers? Just like the bicycle type you get, the shifter decision is really a matter about what you like and what you feel comfortable with.

While you're at the LBS, don't forget to pick up some other important things, like a helmet. If you're going to be parking your bicycle anywhere, you might want to invest in a good lock. If you think you're going to be riding at night or close to nightfall, you're also going to want to get a light set.

Best of luck in the shopping process. Let us know how it turns out!

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7/19/09 7:28 A

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Go to a couple of local bike shops and tell them what your budget is and what typw of riding you will be doing. By that I mean just for fitness, commuting , races etc.
Make sure you talk to a couple of bike shops and determine then how the staff is at both and if they can stay within your budget.
It is NOT necessary to go and spend 800.00 on a bike right away.
The important this is that they fit you to a bike, then when you take a few for a test drive decide which bike is the most comfortable fit.
I have a hybrid and love it, I spent 400.00 and I think it is very good for what I do.
I like to go out between 20-30 miles at a time and do not do any racing. just fitness..
Good luck and keep us posted on what you end up with.
Road bikes have very thin tires, are good for speed and you have to lean over when riding, however they do make road bikes with straight handle bars.
Mountain bikes are generally a little heavier, have wider tires , which would slow you down on the road, and are meant for off road riding through trails etc.
Hybrid bikes are light, straight handlebars. and are meant to be used on the road more then off road, and are great commuting/ fitness bikes but you wouldn't use these for races .

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7/19/09 7:17 A

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Thanks! What's the difference between road, mountain, and hybrid bikes? Would I get measured and fitted at the local bike shop?

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7/19/09 7:15 A

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Tiffany, everyone has their own ideas what to look for, but here is my thoughts.

1. decide what you want to spend. Don't be cheap, because if you buy a good bike, you are likely to enjoy it more.
2. Decide if you want a road, mtn, or hybrid bike
3. Shop around see what is available in your budget range.
4. Get measured and fitted. The money you spend on a good fit is absolutely worth it.
5. Support your local bike store and buy your bike there.
6. Look for the fit - not the brand name.

Good luck on the Chicago half. I am doing - in addition to my bike rides - Akron half, Detroit half, and Pittsburgh half.



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7/19/09 7:05 A

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Hey! I get most of my cardio through running, but at the beginning of the year, I decided that once I've run 400 miles or more, I can buy myself a bicycle. I really loved riding bikes in the past so I can't wait to get one for myself now that I'm enjoying an active lifestyle! Any tips on what kind of things I should look for in a bike?

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4-4.5 Mi: 3 [PR 37:48, 10/10]
5 Mi: 3 [PR 45:45, 10/09]
10K: 2 [PR 55:57, 11/09]
15K: 1 [PR 1:32:51, 4/10]
13.1: 5 [PR 2:17:17, 9/10]
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