Cyclists

  1. Howdy Folks,
    I've gotten tired of doing my cardio indoors and am thinking of buying a bike. I work 3 miles away and school is about the same distance so I could use it then, maybe bike to and from the gym as well (4.5 miles each way).

    Is anyone out there a cyclist that could help me figure out what I need to know to make a smart purchase?

    From what little research I've done, I'm thinking of going with a hybrid - I know I don't wanna be on the road 100% of the time as there are some decent places to trail ride within 1/2hr of my apartment but all the riding listed above will be concrete only.
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   Rustyhammer
    Do you have a specific budget?
    That will tell the story of what kind of bike you get.
    -Russell
  4. by   gwenith
    Please budget for a helmet as well Puh leeesse!
  5. by   Ortho_RN
    My husband just recently bought one.... As Rusty said price determines alot... My hubby spent almost $200 for his and that was cheap, a friend of ours spent $700...

    They however mainly mountainbike and ride trails and stuff... no road riding.. Depending on the type of riding you want to do, the ones from Walmart etc.. are TOO heavy, if you go to a bike shop and check out theirs they are much lighter...

    And YES, do get a helmet.. My hubby has flipped on his head several times, one good enough to crack the back of his helmet...
  6. by   portland_guy
    Hi there,

    Stay away from Walmart and Target bikes. They are generally poor quality. You will spend as much on repairs as you did on the bike (really, I know a bike repair man and he sees them all the time, practically brand new)

    Go to your local bike store (LBS). Each will carry different brands and talk to the sales people. Test ride bikes and see that they are comfortable. I am not talking 5 minutes on the bike, but take it for a cruise for a half hour or so. Most bike store people are very friendly, knowledgeable and love bicycling so getting you into the sport is their job.

    I bike A LOT (okay, I am an addict) and I was once a newbie too. Biking is a great way to commute, grocery shop, get exercise, spend less on gasoline, etc. Just make sure you have a helmet and lights if you are going to be on the road at night. Check back in when you have made your purchase.
  7. by   vettech
    As far as budget is concerned, I'm not sure at this point. The trouble is that I don't know if this is something I'll stick with.

    I live in the Houston area and the weather here is rather severe - it rains a LOT (almost 50" per year) and the temps are about to get nasty - a typical summer day in Houston is temps in the mid 90's, humidity also mid 90's.

    Because of the heat, I fear I may wimp out so I can't see spending a lot of money. However, I know if I go too cheap the cruddy bike will discourage me. Suggestions?
  8. by   sanakruz
    Get a nice light bike that has suspension and fits your price range.
    Then change the tires for off road or racing or whatever.

    Light Frame.
    Decent suspension.
    LOW gears ratios-(15-20 speeds)
    $300.00-$400.00
  9. by   Nurse Ratched
    I have a Sierra - don't know if it's a quality name or not, but it has served me well and I paid about $220 for it. Really, my ideal is a no-speed with coaster brakes, but those are hard to find for adults lol.
  10. by   sanakruz
    Oh, and a saddle-
    This is my only complaint with an otherwise joyful activity.
    I would not recommend a leather one.
    I have tried several serfas and they make little difference.
    After about 15 miles I feel as if I've spent several"intimate " hours with a highschool football team. That's why suspension is crucial.
    Not a guy thing ...?
    Ratched, have you had this problem?
  11. by   vettech
    Originally posted by sanakruz
    Get a nice light bike that has suspension and fits your price range.
    Then change the tires for off road or racing or whatever.

    Light Frame.
    Decent suspension.
    LOW gears ratios-(15-20 speeds)
    $300.00-$400.00
    If I get suspension, I'm trading some power for it, yeah? For a hybrid use but leaning road, go front only ya think?

    Why the low gear ratio? I'm in pretty good shape and this city is FLAT.

    I know I'll need a pannier of some kind for transporting my gym gear. Thinking I can just wear my school backpack on my back for school runs. Dunno about carrying lunch to work, pannier again I guess. What's my best move for a pannier... front?

    So, aluminum frame prolly... that work? I used to race BMX in my teens and the big thing then was Chromolly, they still use that?

    I'll need a helmet. Hmmm, what else do I need to decide about?

    Also, anyone have a fave brand for a low-end "starter" hybrid?
  12. by   vettech
    Originally posted by sanakruz
    Oh, and a saddle-
    This is my only complaint with an otherwise joyful activity.
    I would not recommend a leather one.
    I have tried several serfas and they make little difference.
    After about 15 miles I feel as if I've spent several"intimate " hours with a highschool football team. That's why suspension is crucial.
    Not a guy thing ...?
    Ratched, have you had this problem?
    You kinda lost me there a bit...

    I'm a guy. Is there a particular type of saddle you'd avoid? (I think hat's what you're trying to tell me above.) I've seen some of those narrow ones and I can imagine what you're getting at.
  13. by   portland_guy
    Actually, going with a saddle that is smaller and a bit less padded than you think you might need is better. I have a Terry with the cutout so things don't 'fall asleep' and I love it. Also, check out www.arkel-od.com for some great panniers. Of course, you can get some from your LBS but I have found that Arkel makes great panniers with very inventive attaching mechanisms.
  14. by   Rustyhammer
    The only bad thing about wearing those bicycle helmets is that they look so dorky.
    When I bought my kids bikes they wanted helmets too. I had them buy their own. They rode off looking like little smurfs.
    The thrill lasted a couple of weeks like I thought it would.
    -Russell

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