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    My birthday is coming up and my husband wants to get me a bicycle as a present. I have no idea what to look for in a bike or anything. I know nothing about the differences between mountain, road, distance, etc. I'm used to exercise bikes so any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Georgette

  • #2
    I don't know a lot about bikes. My son who road bikes and mountain bikes recommend a hybrid to me - I have no desire to mountain bike. Here is a description of the hybrid bike:

    hybrid bike - what is a hybrid bicycle?

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    • #3
      mountain only if you will hit the trails. mountain on road is the worst thing you can do in your life.

      road if you want to hit the road and be cool, smooth, with the wind going over the hair SO BEAUTIFUL

      with bikes, you get what you pay for.

      between mountain and road, there is some middle ground for smooth tires and easy riding. like a commuter bike.

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      • #4
        Hey Georgette,
        First thing to determine is whether you will ride it just to ride it--for fitness--or whether you'll commute with it, like I do. If it's for fitness and fun, it could be a road bike or mountain bike depending on whether you'll go off-road (road bikes have thinner tires and are faster). But if you live in a place where you could ride it to the grocery store or work, consider a road bike that's adapted for commuting, with a rack (for groceries, etc.), fenders (I ride mine in all weather), lights (Avoid Stupid Mistakes), etc. Consider how your back likes dropped bars vs. flat bar. Beach cruisers are another option for upright comfort, but if you get into biking more, that will likely seem too heavy and slow.

        Mine is a Cannondale Quick4 with a flat bar, not dropped bars, fenders and a rack, with an Ortleib waterproof bag that hooks onto the rack. I'm off right now to do some sprints on it, then stop by trader Joe's and Whole Foods...

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        • #5
          I did a bike road safety course run by the council and they gave excellent advice on which bike to get. See if your council has any biking activities on locally and go down and ask. The advice to me was to get a 'sit up and beg' bike:



          I found it much easier to ride on the road than a mountain bike or a hybrid. It also came with better mud guards. I paid a middle range price and was very happy with it. Found a nice man in a bike shop and he serviced it for me every now and again (and replaced the brake pads etc).
          My website: http://www.shoppinganywhere.net/

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          • #6
            review of different kinds of bikes here

            What's The Best Bike For Cycle Commuting? - BikeRadar

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            • #7
              How are your roads? we have bike trails, but the road-bikers tend to like to ride on the road because there's less gravel

              Around here they are pushing cyclo-cross bikes as robust enough to go off road (or on crappy road), but light enough to serve as a road bike, whereas hybrid=not good for anything

              I'd go to your local bike shop and talk to the bike nerds.
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              • #8
                I won't be going off road with a bike and I won't be commuting or anything like that. It will be primarily used for fitness and will be used on the road. My drive to work is 30 miles so no way that'll be done.
                Georgette

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                • #9
                  Flat bar road bike...not quite as comfy/cushy as cruisers, but much more efficient and fun to ride in my opinion. My wife quickly tired of the weight and clunkiness of her cruiser. Get fitted at a local shop, be upfront with them that you are not going to be commuting or racing or anything like that, and you want a more upright and comfortable riding position. Ride on!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ottercat View Post
                    How are your roads? we have bike trails, but the road-bikers tend to like to ride on the road because there's less gravel

                    Around here they are pushing cyclo-cross bikes as robust enough to go off road (or on crappy road), but light enough to serve as a road bike, whereas hybrid=not good for anything
                    I'd go to your local bike shop and talk to the bike nerds.
                    Plenty of sites specifically geared to biking recommend hybrid bikes. While I am no authority, you should explain your POV when you say something is not good for anything.

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                    • #11
                      I went on a local bike shops website and the prices made me almost have a heart attack. The least expensive bike I saw was $450 and thats out of my budget. I could look in the $200-$300 range.
                      Georgette

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                      • #12
                        Looks like you'll want to find a used one then, but be sure you get something you'll really want to ride! Mine was $800 new, then $225 for a new back wheel (handbuilt so it would stop breaking spokes), but this is my main mode of transportation...

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                        • #13
                          I'd be ok with a Schwinn or Huffy. I don't need anything crazy expensive.
                          Georgette

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by geostump View Post
                            I'd be ok with a Schwinn or Huffy. I don't need anything crazy expensive.
                            don't do this. the schwinn or huffy prices look good to you, but they are terrible bikes and they will give you ugly life.

                            a quality used bike >> any schwinn or huffy you will buy

                            it makes a huge difference in your riding experience if you will ride a huffy compared to a quality bike. riding a shitty bike is the type of thing that can turn you off from bike riding where you might have become a lifelong rider with some good wheels.
                            Last edited by dado; 02-25-2012, 04:44 PM.

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                            • #15
                              i would go even so far to tell you that if it's between getting a huffy and no bike, don't get a bike. wait until a quality bike will agree with your budget and go for it then.

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