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    Bike noob, looking to get a new bike

    Well, I am looking at starting to commute to work on a bike now, help save some gas money and get some cardio during the morning and afternoon. Now its only a 4-mile stretch of road between my apartment and work, but I do not want just a road bike, because I intend to take the bike out on the back roads and trails near my work after I am done for the day before I go home. The terrain back there varies between paved road, hard packed dirt roads, soft sandy roads, trails in the woods and paved roads so old, they might as well be gravel.

    I have not rode a bike for about 10 years so, I have no idea where to start looking or what types of bikes to be looking at.

    Any help would be appreciated!

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    Remember, no matter what bike you buy, it won't be the best one for you. What are the odds you'll get it right before you even start riding? So buy a decent inexpensive one, probably used, and get a different one in six months after you know what you like and don't.

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    If you plan to ride many different terrains your best strategy is having 2 or more sets of wheels with different tires.
    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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    A good hardtail mt. bike with a good "lockout" fork will serve you well. I can go any place that I want, and at a decent speed with my Gary Fisher. Go to a good shop and see what they have to offer.

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    I would suggest a hardtail over full suspension if your play involves off-road. Make sure the hardtail has threaded eyeleys for a rear luggage rack, this turns a nice toy into useful transportation.

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