Speaking of butt comfort... I found when I started riding again after a long while away from the bike that the real trick was easing into it gradually. Jumping into a long ride right away is a sure way to make you sore.
Start with shorter rides, a couple times a week, then work up to longer or more frequent rides. The time off the bike helps your skin and tissues heal and be ready for the next ride. And the shorter distances decrease the trauma to your butt.
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hey everyone, thanks for all of your help! I ended up getting a comfort bike ... trek navigator 300. It feels perfect for me and I love it!!! I won't be able to use it on rough trails but that's ok with me. my boyfriend ended up getting a bike too and we were riding our bikes a lot yesterday and now my butt hurts soooooo much. LOL hopefully that will go away soon!! :)
As someone who is mostly on the roads, I have to provide the other side of the coin to mountain bikes: yes, they are a comfortable ride, but it will take you more effort on the road because of the weight of the bike. I ride with a friend who has two bikes, and the ride is always much slower when he is on his mountain bike.
If you are planning on paved surfaces, you can look at road bikes, hybrids, touring, cyclocross... Still a lot of variety. Go for your test rides, and let us know what you think!
thanks for your tips everyone! i will definitely get the accessories too... i didn't include those in my $500 amount but i am planning to get them. :) i am excited to get my bike! soon hopefully... :) a mountain bike sounds good, i used a trek mountain bike for commuting in college and it felt pretty comfortable to me.
a mountain bike is a more comfortable ride, even without rear suspension, the larger tires give some dampening. if you haven't been on a bike for a while, it will probably feel more secure to you than getting on stiff skinny tire bike. if you want to go fast and log on miles a road bike, if you dont care about speed and dont plan to do any real long rides the mountian bike is better. if i want to burn some calories and have 45 mins, i would take the mountian bike on the paved trail (near home) but if i wanted to make a day of it, and have a destination in mind, or wanted to do an organzied group ride, i would take the road bike.
depending where you are and your bike shops, some will let you borrow or rent a bike for a few hours. you could try both types then decide. i agree with the others, that you can get a good quality trek or giant in your price range, and when you buy from a shop the bike should be fit to you
ok i will stay away from the big box stores... :) I might go to the bike shop tomorrow and try to test ride some bikes. i doubt I'll buy anything tomorrow but maybe I'll come back with more questions.
as for which kind of bike ... hmm, i don't anticipate doing any trail riding, but it would be nice to change my mind about that later without buying a new bike. I just don't want to pay extra for that freedom of choice. :) I would be probably happy with any reliable bike that won't clean out my savings.
If your into road bikes a bike shop here in town had a KHS Elite on sale for $399. I think they are normally $500. I rode it and it wasn't a bad ride at all for the price. I guess we would need to narrow down what kind of bike you want.
I would stay away from any bike sold at a big box store thats for sure.
You would get more bang for your buck with perhaps a hardtail (no rear suspension) mtn bike by Giant. Giant is the maker of most of the frames out there, for other companies like Specialized and Trek, so if you go right to the source so to speak, you tend to get a bit more bike for the price. I like the hardtail mtn bikes because they are a good all around bike. Fine on the pavement but say a friend calls ya up and says they want to try some gravel road or a trail, it's fine for that too.
Some folks like the hybrid or city type bikes.. I'm not a big fan of them, but we're all different. My first bike was a Specialized Rockhopper mountain bike. Nothing fancy. Cost me 400 bucks. I rode that bike EVERYWHERE. Paths, trails, road. Boyfriend upgraded everything on it, and I entered and won my first mtn bike race on it. I've since gotten other bikes, but I've hung on to it as a loaner bike, and for sentimental value. But where I paid 400 for that, I believe 400 would get you a bit of a better bike if you got a Giant.
My boyfriend owns a bike shop, and there we sell Giant, Marin, Breezer (the comfort type bikes), Orbea, Ridley etc. Giant is very very popular though.
Edited by: MTNBIKENV at: 6/30/2007 (20:25)
Marnie RENO, NEVADA
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I'm completely new to cycling ... before I go bike shopping I'm trying to figure out what a realistic price range would be for me. Is it possible to get a good quality bike for under $500? Or is that an unrealistic expectation?
I'll be riding on paved surfaces only. And I'm not sure yet how much cycling I'm going to end up doing. If I end up liking it I will probably use it as my main form of exercise ... half and hour or more, 4 or 5 days a week.
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