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Old 06-06-09, 03:19 PM   #1
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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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Old 06-06-09, 03:32 PM   #2
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You should look at the Schwinn 405

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Old 06-06-09, 06:45 PM   #3
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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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Old 06-06-09, 09:18 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 06-20-09, 09:39 AM   #5
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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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Old 06-20-09, 12:05 PM   #6
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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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