What type of bike should I look into?
Hi, I am new to this forum, althouth I have been looking at different topics for the last several days. I will be 15-years-old on June 27, I am 5'6", and I weigh around 120lbs. I discovered this forum after I searched for bike related sites on google. I did the search because I had just gone on a bike ride for the first time in about two years. It was just short of a 15 mile ride, and man, it felt GREAT. I rode my dad's mountain bike and I was pretty sore afterward. I'm in pretty good physical condition. I play a lot of soccer and I also run a lot. A typical run is 4 miles and I usually run it in 22 minutes.
I gave you all this information for two reasons... to introduce myself to the board, but to also ask a question. What kind of bike do I need? I really want one, and I want to become a fairly serious cyclist. I have dreams of touring europe on a bike once I'm out of college. So I need to start somewhere, and what better time than now. I'll be riding on mostly on paved streets and sidewalks. However, I might want to ride on the close by trail which consists of gravel paths. So, basically my question is: what kind of bike would be right for me? Any information is helpful.
Thanks for the help,