Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Take a deep breath, and ask--What would Sheldon do?
Bikes: Nishiki Nut! International, Pro, Olympic 12, Sport mixte, and others too numerous to mention.
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Hello Olsen, it's good to see that you know that riding on the sidewalk is something that generally only younger riders do--it takes a certain amount of courage to get onto the road to ride, and it's made easier by having a mirror, for one thing.
Bike maintenance--we've got an entire forum devoted to maintaining bikes, and some of the best wrenches in the business drop by and offer helpful advice.
Technique--depends on what kind of riding you plan to do. There's a world of difference between BMX and road, road and downhill, etc.
Bike shopping--head over to the local bike shop (abbreviated as LBS), and try out as many bikes as you can. Don't worry about your budget yet, just get a feel for the bikes, and the size.
Don't forget to visit the Great Lakes regional forum to see what's going on in your area, and to ask about the best local shops.
Welcome to BF!
TRY EMPATHY & HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART, PERHAPS I'LL SEE YOU ON THE ROAD...