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    Hi All,

    I'm brand-spanking new to cycling...35 and have hardly ridden at all in my life. I had the good fortune of going to a "Bike Cafe" in Santa Cruz last fall with a friend, which totally opened my eyes to how much fun this could be.

    I still don't have a bike of my own, but have tooled around a little on various models here and there, and I am trying to decide what kind of bike I want to get. I'm taking my time, because I don't have a lot of cash, and I want to make an informed decision. I plan on using my bike for all my transportation needs (getting sick of taking the bus everywhere) and will want to outfit it with a rack for groceries. Not sure if I'll get into any off-road action, and definitely not interested in racing. I'm leaning toward a road bike, possibly a hybrid. VERY curious about fixies, but not sure that's such a great choice for a new rider. Once I get it, I can easily see myself doing most of the repairs and getting into modifications, etc.

    Anyway, glad to be here. I have a feeling this could become an obsession very quickly!

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    Welcome to BF.

    Quote Originally Posted by warriortwo
    I plan on using my bike for all my transportation needs...
    I'm leaning toward a road bike, possibly a hybrid.
    Most road bikes don't have the braze-ons to accomodate a rack. Check out touring and cross bikes. They look and feel like a road bike but have everything you'll need to haul groceries and all your stuff.
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    Welcome to Bike Forums! Cycling is an addiction, a passion and often a way of life for many of us. Good to have you here.
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    Welcome to Bike Forums!!! Cycling is indeed an addiction so brace yourself for a crazy ride. Once again, welcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by warriortwo
    I'm brand-spanking new to cycling...35 and have hardly ridden at all in my life. I had the good fortune of going to a "Bike Cafe" in Santa Cruz last fall with a friend, which totally opened my eyes to how much fun this could be.
    Good for you. We have a lot of late starters here. You'll fit in well.

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    Hello warriortwo--I can't believe you are starting that late in cycling, being in Berkeley and all, but everyone's given you some good advice about touring bikes...I'll just add that there's a thriving Northern California regional forum, with a LOT of members. Check it out and say hi to the locals, one or two of them could possibly give you some local tips and pointers.

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    Hey, thanks for all the tips everyone! I did end up with a road bike, which is cool because it's going to take some getting used to. I got it from Re-Cycles; they rebuild bikes, so I think it's a piecemeal, but it's got a late-80's Fisher road (racing?!?) frame that is featherlight. It was cheap and it will do me good as a starter.

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