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Help!koolmom
Jul 11, 2001 6:41 AM
I haven't biked in years, but interested in getting started again. I'd appreciate any input on a new bike to start with.
re: Help!dug
Jul 11, 2001 7:42 AM
Koolmom - Road, mountain, hybrid, city, comfort, price range, intended use, riding conditions where you will be riding, etc. Help the readers out a bit.
yeah, koolmom, you gotta give us something to go on.bill
Jul 11, 2001 9:23 AM
What are your goals? General fitness? Getting around town in something other than a big hunk of metal? Going fast? What is your general level of fitness now?
Jumping in to roadbiking with a real-live road racing bike is a commitment. It takes awhile before you become comfortable with the setup, and it's not that easy until you do. If you are committed, and you want to go fast as your koolmom legs can carry you, a road racer is the only way to go (sorry, Hummah Hah, present company always excepted). If your desires are more pedestrian, consider a hybrid or a cruiser. Also consider a touring bike -- little more relaxed, little more forgiving. Skip the mountain bikes unless you want to go off road.
yeah, koolmom, you gotta give us something to go on.KOOLMOM
Jul 11, 2001 9:17 PM
I'm looking to ride on the road, primarily country roads. Looking to work into a somewhat speedy ride with fitness, and some quiet time away from the stress at home as additional goals. I know I don't want a mountain bike, and I don't have a lot to spend.
What's the difference between a Hybrid and a touring bike?
A hybrid is basically a mountain bike with a more relaxedbill
Jul 12, 2001 12:12 PM
stance (you sit more upright), and, if I'm not mistaken, typically with road-size wheels (road wheels are slightly larger than MTB wheels). Gearing is more MTB-like (gears are a little lower than road). A touring bike is basically a slightly heavier, cheaper road bike. Handlebars typically are the drop kind (the curvy road bike kind). Because it's purpose is not strictly speed, it's sometimes a little more relaxed in geometry, allowing a less aggressive stance (a little more upright) and a more stable ride (maybe a longer wheelbase). It typically provides places to hang bags and things, because people carry stuff when they tour.
There are so many bikes out there, so many variations on a theme, with sub-categories in sub-categories, that you really probably are best off going to a bike shop, seeing what's there, asking a lot of questions, and riding a few. Just don't try to do it in one day.
Remember that the more aggressive stance and gearing, etc., is a little harder to get into at first, but it exists for a reason. They'll probably try to sell you a hybrid. Hybrids are fine, but they inspire almost no one -- good for everything, good for nothing in particular. If you want to go fast on the road, and you are confident that you'll stick with it long enough to find what there is to like about it, get a road bike. If your goals are more modest, and you worry about the thing collecting dust, you may be better off getting a couple of hundred dollar hybrid until you see what's what.
Easy answer - works every time.Spoke Wrench
Jul 11, 2001 10:58 AM
Just shop around until you find a local bicycle shop where you feel real comfortable talking with the sales people. They'll ask you the kind of questions that the previous posters have alluded to.

Buy a brand that they sell and you will NEVER go wrong.
get one with 2 wheels! (nm)D_Alex
Jul 12, 2001 6:44 AM