Hi guys, I'm a 23 year old male from NYC, new to the forum and the biking community as well.
I have a cheap bike I've rode maybe a dozen times last year, but I'm looking to get into the sport. I plan to ride mostly in the roads of Manhattan and Queens, so not exactly smooth road riding, but not MTB either.
Right now I'm leaning towards getting a new hybrid hardtail... new b/s I don't have time to search on craiglist for old bikes, hybrid b/c i dont think the streets of NYC (even with all its potholes and rough spots) justify getting a full blown MTB (unless there's some locals who disagree), and hardtail b/c i've been told full suspensions can easily cost $1k+ (im looking to spend $500 on a new bike).
That's it, great forum here, looking fwd to cheking it out.