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Newbie Help, Millions of Bike Questions(6 posts)

Newbie Help, Millions of Bike Questionsbbsalvm
Apr 16, 2002 9:02 PM
Okay, I haven't used a bike since I was a kid, and I am probably moving to an area where having a car will be impossible. This means that my main means of transportation will be a bike. So I need some advice.

1) Where can I read everything you need to know before buying a bicycle? If there is somewhere online (for free), that would be good, if not please recommend any good books.

2) A friend is willing to give me his bike that he doesn't use... it's about 8 years old...should I just use that one?

3) The area I'll be riding in is mostly hilly... there are paved roads, but it's a small town, so I might have to bike on some non-paved which type of bike should I be looking for?

4) Honestly, my funds are limited, so value is a must. Where can I find good deals on decent bikes on the west coast?

5) What won't the salesmen tell me when I go into a bike shop looking for a bike. I'm always afraid of the hard sell.

6) Any other random, general advice?

Thanks in advance for your help!
OK, I'll be briefmickey-mac
Apr 16, 2002 9:07 PM
You haven't been on a bike in years? As long as your friend's bike is in decent shape, bum it from him and use it for a while before throwing some of your limited funds into a bike. If you stop riding after two or three outings, you're out nothing. If you get hooked, you can look into a new bike or a nicer used bike.
re: Newbie Help, Millions of Bike QuestionsKen of Fresno
Apr 16, 2002 9:52 PM
Answers to your questions:

1. Just click here to got to Sheldon Brown's site. That should keep you busy for quite some time.

2. Take anything that's free.

3. I'd go for a Litespeed cyclocross bike.

4. Forget about #3. Check ebay for a cheap mountain bike (unless you new free bike is cheap a mountain bike).

5. He probably won't tell you the wing velocity of an African sparrow. Seriously though, he probably won't tell you that you can get a bettter price on the same bike down the street, so shop around.

6. Take a friend who knows bikes with you on your bike shopping trip. If you're near LA it would be worth a trip to one of the Supergo bike shops. I bought a bike from the Santa Monica Store. Got a good price and good service. It was worth the long drive from Fresno.

Best of luck,
A new Road Bike? is that what you want?century2
Apr 17, 2002 1:58 AM
If you are looking for a new road bike - you can get one for under $400 -- on the West Coast try Bicycle Discover In Fountain Valley - next door to SuperGo - they have a new Motobecane Mirage for $300 - or so - but reading up will not help you much unless you just like to do it. {if so - use and} You should get an entry bike and ride ride ride - then in a year or two you will know if you like road biking
A new Road Bike? is that what you want?bbsalvm
Apr 17, 2002 9:30 AM
Yeah, basically. I'm moving to an area that isn't car friendly, so I'm going to have to find another way to get around... a bike is the logical solution.
Learning by Reading (Question # 1)jtolleson
Apr 17, 2002 7:10 AM
You will learn the most by visiting local bike shops (LBSs). Ask, ask, ask. Test ride, have a decent salesperson talk you through issues of bike selection... frame material, wheelset, components, road vs. hybrid vs. mtb vs. cyclocross.

Reading is a great source of additional material, but you'll retain the most with a good hands on experience at 2-3 good bike shops.