I will be 50 years very soon and I need assistance in buying a bike. I would like to have a bike to join bike riding groups on rides. I want to lose weight and join the bike riding sport. I do not know how to get started. I was thinking of spending about 400.00 for a starter bike but was told that was very unreasonable. I know that there are other things I will need, light, helmet, water, where to carry my cell phone and keys? Bike rack, etc.
Can someone please help me get started? Any advice you can offer to help is appreciated.