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    new to bikes, need some advice

    I haven't ridden a bicycle since I was a kid, but am looking to get back into it. I am trying to buy a bicycle that mostly I can ride around the city, but also occasionally go on longer leisurely bike trips to and along the ocean and also be able to get up hilly areas in the city.

    Have been to a couple of bicycle shops, so far my experience has been poor: one didn't even want to associate with me because I wasn't a pro, one told me that the only real choice that someone like me needs to make is which color I like (because quality doesn't matter to me) and basically I feel like none are really interested in helping me to learn about bicycles and biking and either just want me to buy something, or just don't care.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

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    Do you have a budget in mind?

    Check out the Under $750 road bike thread

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    I carry one spare tire. nbac23's Avatar
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    you are probably looking for a road or hybrid type bike.

    a few questions:
    Do you want drop handlebars (like a classic road bike) or a flat bar (like your average mountain bike)?
    Do you plan on putting a rack on the bike to carry stuff with you (maybe for errands around town)?
    What is your price range?

    and finally.....(and most importantly), what color would you prefer the bike to be?
    "If you are not having fun, they are not having fun."

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    You should look at entry-level hybrids such as the Trek FX, Giant Cypress, Raleigh Detour, etc. As long as its from an LBS, they are about the same quality. They will serve your needs, and all have triple chainrings that will get you over hills.

    If you don't know what you really want, then buy something cheap, then later on if you get into biking, you'll figure out what you want.

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    2 words 4 ya:

    Redline Conquest.

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    My wife and I love our TREK 7.5 FX's

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