Buying a bike in NYC
I'm looking to buy a bike here in NYC, and was hoping to get some guidance.
1) What style of bike should I get?
I did some mountain biking in my high school and college days so I'm not really new to biking or anything. However now that I live in a concrete jungle, I think it's best to pick up something that will be better suited for this terrain; but my knowledge of none mountain bikes is pretty limited.
I plan on using the bike for occasionally riding to work, and taking weekend tours around the city.
Comfort is definitely a big priority. As well, I want something that will be light weight enough that getting on and off the subway or up stairs won't be a major hassle.
I've been told I only need one gear for city riding, but having never ridden a single gear bike it does concern me that I will regret that later.
Lastly, and this is probably the kicker; I want to keep this under $200.
I plan on buying a good lock, but in this city you never know, so I don't want to invest too much; at least in my first bike here in the city.
I know this will likely mean me buying something used, which is totally fine.
2) Where can you guys recommend to buy?
I've been watching Craigslist lately, but so far have seen nothing that looks even remotely worthwhile.
I've seen positive reviews of Frank's Bike shop and Metro Bicycle, but I am all ears for anyone's opinions.
Thanks in advance for any advice.
Looking forward to getting back on 2 wheels!