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    Hey, from Vineland NJ

    Hey everyone. I just stumbled upon this site today and I'm pretty astonished that there could be so much to say about bicycles - the breadth of what this site covers is amazing! Kind of overwhelming though, I don't know where to start. Anyway, I want to begin getting into bicycling, and I'm probably getting the Trek 7100. It's 329.00, which seems like the best fit for a beginner cyclist and one of the only ones in my price range at my local bike store (http://beaconcycling.com/). However if anyone has a suggestion for the best bike for a beginner I'm open to suggestions. That's about it, and I really look forward to getting to know the people around here and picking everyone's brains.

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    welcome to bf!

    i'm in vineland as well, have 2 bikes from beacon (bikeE 'bent and raleigh mtb).

    check out the South Jersey Wheelmen (SJW) bicycle club based here in Cumberland county (with rides in capemay, salem, gloucester counties as well). you can get a discount from purchases from beacon as a SJW member.

    is you bicycling style for road, cross, or mtb? will you "drive" your bike, or are you sidewalk bound? don't forget your helmet. test drive many to find what works best for you! buying a well maintained used bike is another option.

    cool places for mtb around here are Parvin State Park, Gloucester County College, and Mantua Park.

    be safe!

    tomg

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    Check out the type of bikes you like, and check E-bay, Craigslist and yardsales and such for a used bike if you can't afford a nice new one... you can get a pretty decent bike for that money used, if you take the time to look.

    There's tons of info on here about different bikes, and judging used bikes.

    You can always ask for help, if you need some, on deciding what bikes are a good deal, and which ones aren't.
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    bmclaughlin: haha, this was a surprisingly civil post. thank you for the help, i'll check where you mentioned. i wanted to get one from my local shop though because i know i'll probably receive good maintenance and service.

    tomg: thanks for the tip about sjw. i'm going to send in the application this week.

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    One thing you'll notice while reading the Forums is that there are a lot of different types of riders here... so you'll get a lot of different advice, some of it contradictory.

    Read a bit, and figure out what type of bicyclist you want and/or can afford to be.

    If you ask 'What bike should I buy' you're going to get answers ranging from BMX to Mountain bikes to Hybrid, Carbon Fiber dream machines, Titanium, Wal-mart, 30-40 Year old classics, and price ranging from $5 up to $10,000 or more.

    Nobody knows (at least not yet....) what type of riding or what type of bicycle interests you.

    Personally, I have two bikes, a few pieces of cycle clothing, rack and grocery panniers, and lights on my bike... I use my bike for recreational cycling, commuting, and utility (Running errands, getting groceries, etc)... Between all my cycling gear, the two bikes, and tools (I do all my own work on the bikes) I have about $400 invested (That includes parts that I had to buy to repair my bike when I got tapped by an SUV)

    There are others who have spent thousands of dollars on bikes, clothes, accessories.

    Different lives, different needs and wants, different styles.

    Look around, read a bit, decide where you fit in, and what YOUR style is.

    Most of all, get a bike you'll enjoy and GET OUT AND RIDE!
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    Hmm... that Trek looks nice... make sure you check the 'closeouts', too.... they have quite a few bikes listed in your price range (well... near or below the price for that Trek) Don't know much about the style and size of the bikes, but it's worth looking into.

    You might be able to get a really good deal on a closeout bike.
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    I would probably be riding in parks and the like for the majority of the time, so I'd be switching from roads to mildly bumpy terrain often. Would a hybrid be optimal for that type of riding?

    Also I'm checking out their closeouts right now and I really don't know where to start. My price max. is probably $360 or so it rules out quite a bit but even so.

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    The most important thing will be to get one you're comfortable on. Hybrids and Mountain bikes have a more upright posture... road bikes more like racing.

    One nice thing about hybrids is that you can generally fit wider tires and fenders easier than a road bike...

    Another thing you'll want to consider is if you're going to think about commuting or using the bike as a utility bike for running errands, get groceries, etc. (Hence the car-free forum?)

    If so, you'll want to make sure you can get a rack and panniers on the bike you choose, or you'll be looking for a trailer to pull stuff in.

    If you're thinking about commuting (or most any kind of riding where you'll need to carry stuff) you'll find that wearing a backpack sucks if you're going more than a couple miles at a very easy pace... you'll end up with sweat POURING down your back.

    If you think you're going to want to haul stuff on it, make sure your bike at a minimum has the lower eyelets for a rack. (If it doesn't have upper braze ons for a rack, you can use p-clamps, they don't really support any weight, more for stability) There are racks that mount to the rear axle, but I don't know how much I'd trust some of the brackets and such that I've seen for that... others most likely have experience with those and could tell you about them.

    Your best bet, if you don't really know what you're looking for is probably to either try a bunch of bikes or to just go to your LBS and find someone willing to spend the time to talk to you and help you decide... they can show you the bikes, make recommendations, allow you to try a few different styles, whatever.

    But again... the most important thing is going to be the fit... get a bike you feel pretty comfortable on... you might adjust a little bit, but if you get a poorly fitting bike, you WON'T want to get out and ride it.
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