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Originally Posted by KevinmH9
I am orginally a runner but in the past few months I have learned of a knee injury that will keep my out of running for the rest of my life. I used to bike alot when i was younger and my bike is now rusted and in the shed. In the very near future I have been thinking about buying a bike, what kind I don't know. I was thinking something in the road cycling area, in the NH area there are many bike races that interest me alot and I would very much like to get involved in. As a new biker what should I really know? Right now my price range is at about $1,200-$1,500 and I would like to get a sturdy bike that I can ride and possibly race with. Just eating habits training methods and just what would be a good bike that I could get around with and stay in shape. Thanks for your help.
Welcome to cycling. I have run in the past as well and have found cycling to be far more fun and addictive.
First of all cylcing offers a lot more gear (toys) to get interested in and that is almost half of the fun of it.
It sounds like you haven't been on a bike in awhile. That concerns me when you are talking about spending $1500 on a road bike. Unless you have limitless funds I would suggest that you find out for sure which area of biking you are most interested in. If it is possible borrow a bike from someone and go out and ride. Try the road and try some off road stuff on a Mountain Bike as well if you can. Trying both Mountain and Road bikes will help you figure out which is more to your liking and also help you spend your $1500 more wisely.
Riding a mountain bike is actually more exercise/work than riding a road bike. A road bike just goes faster. So if you are interested in exercise, don't confuse speed with fitness benefit. A mountain bike will more easily take you off road and may be more condusive to exploring off road areas. It will still be good on the road just not as good as a Road bike.
The road bike will be worthless on rough trails or backwoods. It will be great if you want to go far, fast, on smooth usually paved roads.
Lastly, when it comes to selecting a bike you will do well with just about anything in your price range. I might suggest shopping for a bike store before shopping for a bike. There are good bike stores and crappy ones. If you buy a good bike from a good bike store you will be hooked up for years to come with trouble free cycling.
If you buy a good bike from a bad bike store you will have all sorts of trouble. Ask lots of questions and see how they respond. Do they seem willing to help you or not? Usually the attitude you receive is pretty similar to the service you will get when you break down. Also I like people that work in bike shops to be enthusiastic riders. If they don't really want to talk about cycling much, I would have some serious reservations.
Once you find a good bike store, they will lead you to the right bike. People on these forums can only give you opinions of how they
like a bike. It really may be totally different for you. Try lots of bikes and once you have decided on one, go home and sleep on it. If you still love the bike the next day you can get it. What is one more day to wait going to hurt? You are going to be spending countless hours sitting on this thing. You want it to be the right one. Good Luck.
Last edited by Portis; 04-14-04 at 01:25 PM.