Hi, Iím a newbie here and am not really sure this is the right forum, so let me know if Iím wrong.
Please donít laugh but I am a 40 years old female living in ON, Canada and I never ride a bike before. I finally decide to learn and will attend a class specifically for adults next week. I need to buy a bike now and of course; I have NO clue of what I should be looking for. I donít want to spend $$$$ but also donít want to buy something too cheap that will break in a few months. What do you suggest?
I am thinking about going to GEARS and talk to the specialists there, but am also afraid they will try to push something that will be $$$ and that I really donít need now. After I learn (hopefully that will not take too long and be painless, lol) I would like to ride just for fun, on the weekends and after work, there are tons of parks and trails where I live (Mississauga, ON). I donít need a very sophisticated bike at all, but something that is comfortable, safe, not very $$$ but that will last a while until I feel more confident and then decide to spend more.
What do you think? It is a good idea to go a specialist store? Is anybody here from Canada and heard about GEARS, can I trust them? A friend suggested me to get a Wal-Mart bike only and ride it until it breaks, but I am not sure this is a good approachÖ is it stupid to buy something nice now when I donít even know how to ride? If I go to a store, what should I look for?