Hi all, my name is Dave and reside in Metro Detroit area.
I'm trying to figure out how to go about this. I would hate to clutter up these fine forums here, as there are probably people making threads like this all the time, and asking about buying a new bike. I think a bike buying guide would be of some help to have on these boards, with some simple but also useful and perhaps not too obvious advice. Someone recommended a book in another thread by the name of "Bike for Life" by Roy Wallack and Bill Katovsky, but I can't find it in either library system available to me (and I've bought enough books as of now). What I don't want to happen is to buy a bike, and find something out after the purchase that I could have and should have known, for example, that I could have spent $80 less on a bike, and gotten just as good of a bike.
I haven't been working until recently, so it's going to take a little while to earn money for a bike. I'd love to invest a large amount (for my budget) in a bike, but here in MI, we have four seasons, and bike riding season is probably from about late March to early October if one does not mind cooler weather. I'm thinking a bike in the $200-$400 range might work, but am thinking of going higher, as I do enjoy riding and want to make a smart investment.
Are there any big Do's and Don'ts when looking for a new bike? I'd like to begin my search now, so when I finally have enough money (probably not until late July or Mid-August), I can purchase it.