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    What type of bicycle should I buy for fitness purposes?

    I want a bike for doing things such as completing circuits around my block and just general on-road travel. What type of bike should I buy and how much should I be willing to pay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zarabanda View Post
    What type of bike should I buy
    The kind with wheels. Probably two wheels, though there are other options.

    and how much should I be willing to pay?
    Somewhere in in between zero and infinity dollars.

    Not meaning to mock you, but the question is far too general to answer it in a more specific way. What kind of comfort level do you want to achieve? Do you want maximum speed? Or do you want a slower but more versatile and comfortable bike? What IS your price range? There are bikes of many types in many price ranges, and how much you should be willing to pay depends on whether you want best quality/price ratio or whether you're striving for ultimate performance even if that means paying a hefty chunk of cash for diminishing returns? Or do you just want to spend the smallest amount of money for something that will be adequate? Would you consider buying used? By "general on-road travel" do you still mean fitness riding or an occasional ride to a grocery store and for other practical purposes? Will the bike ever go off-road? Will you be locking it outside?
    Stomping as lightly as I can...

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    Also, what type of terrain do you intend to ride? Level, hilly, combination of both, paved, unpaved, traffic and etc.

    If you live in my neck of the woods, South Florida, flat as a pancake, you can get away with a single speed for nice easy casual riding. Lots of factors to consider.

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    This may sound sarcastic but buy what you will be happy riding. Sure, you need to decide what terrain and distances you'll hope to ride but start out with what makes you comfortable and one you'll look forward to getting out on.

    Most probably, you'll ride for a while and then buy another bike when you've gained enough experience to determine what you want to be able to do. I bought a hybrid because it was a jack-of-all trades and then realized that I enjoyed group riding with the local club so I then bought a road bike. Soon I was refurbishing my 20 yo mountain bike and I ride all three depending on my moods and needs.

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    Some popular bikes for between RRP USD1000 and USD1600 - less on sale and with discount coupons.

    700c, disc brake, drop bar bikes suitable for anything from trianing, commuting, racing, cyclocross, touring, off roading, etc.

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    Saw this at Performance Bike Shop. Thought it was a really nice all round bike. Comes with fenders and a rack. I like fenders, nothing like a bike ride after a rain storm. Check it out, see if it meets your needs.


    http://www.schwinnbike.com/products/...ail.php?id=981

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    My bit of advice -- or encouragement, or a warning --

    Just buy whatever you like. After a while, you'll want a second bike anyway.

    A couple guidelines:

    Light is fast. Heavy is comfy. Slick tires for the street, wider treaded tires for gravel & smooth dirt, and knobbies for rough dirt & mud. Handlebars and saddles are personal preference.

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    Consider posting on the folding bikes section. Folding bikes cost a bit more, but are much easier to transport and store.

    For fitness you might check out rowbike.com which is the best 'exercise' bike in my view. Note rowbike is not useful as a general purpose bike, and would require some mechnical skill on the part of the buyer to make various adjustments.

    As to what you pay for general biking I would not suggest you pay for light weight. Pay for low maintenance for example internally geared hubs. Bikes that are hard to maintain eventually are not ridden.
    2000 Montague CX, I do not recommend it, but still ride it.
    Strida 3, I recommend it for rides < 10mi wo steep hills.
    2006 Rowbike 720 Sport, I recommend it as an exercise bike.
    1996 Birdy, Recommend.
    Wieleder CARiBIKE (folding), decent frame.

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    1) Get something you will RIDE!
    2) As much or little as you choose. Most of my bikes were purchased used and for under $200, the most that I have spent recently on a new bike is about $550 and that is getting me a pretty well equipped city bike with a 7 speed IGH, fenders, rack, suspension fork and seat post (which is gone as soon as I get my hands on it)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zarabanda View Post
    I want a bike for doing things such as completing circuits around my block and just general on-road travel. What type of bike should I buy and how much should I be willing to pay?
    If you aren't going to be riding in the bush (packed dirt trails are fine), get a road bike with fender holes. ($1,000 -1,500) or you can get one used for less.

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    I got back into bicycling to help a knee that was injured in a motorcycle crash. I rode my bike of choice for a year before upgrading to a entry-level serious MTB. My bike of choice?

    A dumpster find Schwinn Beach Cruiser. New tires, bit of grease & WD40, and we're off. Just gave it away this week after 13 years of ownership.

    To keep me motivated to ride for fitness a bike must be fun & practical. This morning I did a quick 4 mile spin to the panaderia on a Motobecane beach cruiser. Any riding is better than no riding. My personal preference for all-around ridng is a hardtail MTB. If you have dirt trails around you, great. If not, the urban landscape is full of opportunities.

    Though a cyclocross bike is on my radar. Hard to justify because I already own a MTB, Cruiser, and roadbike. Might be picking up an old Schwinn three speed- the kind you ride while wearing plaid Madras shorts, sport shirt and black socks.

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    You can get a perfectly good mid-range hybrid/flat-bar fitness style bike with plenty of gears for about $500. Most major brands offer this style, check out the brands in your local bike shop.
    If you want to ride for more than a few hours, racing style drop-bars offer more handholds. If you need to fit fenders or a luggage rack you need threaded eyelets and sufficient tyre clearance.
    Competition race bikes are fast and efficient but have quite high gearing and a stretched out riding position so are not practical for everyday riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zarabanda View Post
    I want a bike for doing things such as completing circuits around my block and just general on-road travel. What type of bike should I buy and how much should I be willing to pay?
    Find something you like and will use. Ride it for a while and then see if you want anything different. The first step is the hardest, and riding something you like will do more for you than the "right" bike you don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelW View Post
    You can get a perfectly good mid-range hybrid/flat-bar fitness style bike with plenty of gears for about $500.
    Yep, for general not-too-hardcore fitness-type riding on pavement with some upgrades and downgrades that's what I'd probably recommend to someone who has no objection to flat bars or to spending $500.
    Stomping as lightly as I can...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelW View Post
    You can get a perfectly good mid-range hybrid/flat-bar fitness style bike with plenty of gears for about $500. Most major brands offer this style, check out the brands in your local bike shop.
    That's the approach I've taken, although I chose a bike from the 'comfort' range rather than the 'fitness' range for my first efforts back on a bike. The wider road tyres do reasonably well for not too demanding off-road travel, and whilst there's a weight penalty involved with having suspension it's not so much that it precludes me from riding considerable distances.

    $AU500 was the budget I set for myself for that first ride, and for that outlay I got a reasonable bike together with some cheapish cycling apparel. Got me into cycling again and, if I'm doing it a bit harder and heavier than the 'roadie' crew during my early efforts then I'm building my legs up doing it. Time enough a bit further down the track to re-assess my wants and needs.

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    IMHO at this level get the bike that's most likely to get you out there riding: something extremely comfortable. Most likely a hybrid. Something cheap. Something where you do 20 km and still feel good, and want to go out and do it again the next day.

    Also, here's a thought: the "faster" the bike, the less energy you're burning getting it somewhere. A single speed BMX will get you a lot fitter than a 27 speed 7 kg road bike, for a given distance.

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