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 .
Edited by: BRTRAINS at: 7/19/2009 (07:32)
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