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    Greetings from CT...looking for the right bike

    Hello all! I'm brand new to this forum and just as new to the (adult) biking world. In my pre-car years, I really enjoyed riding around in my dept store huffy. Cars and college came around and I hadn't even looked at a bike until just last week when my girlfriend and I rented a pair of very simple, generic bikes in Cape May, NJ. In those few hours, I realized how much I had missed biking around..not to mention the health and stress-relief benefits that come with a good ride.

    So here I am, in need of a good bike that won't break the bank, but is definitly better than my junky Huffy! I'm looking to bike several times a week, mostly on paved roads, sidewalks, and grassy landscape. However, on occasion, I do plan to enjoy some rougher terrain (gravely/pebbly dirt roads) in a state-park type atmosphere. I plan to push myself on the bike to lose some weight and replace my BORING cardio routine at the gym. Of course, casual joy rides are also on the to do list.

    To the bike retailer's suggestion (Cycling Concepts of Rocky Hill, CT if anyone is familiar with the area) I tested out the Fisher Zebrano and Wingra so far. I liked the comfortable/springly seat on the Zebrano, but much more, I enjoyed the smooth, speedy ride of the Wingra. Unsure, but pumped to start riding, I put a refundable down payment on the Wingra.

    With that said, does anyone out there have a better suggestion before I comitt to the Wingra?? The cost of the Wingra ($420) was already a little more than I had planned to spend, but I would much rather spend a little more now than regret not doing so later. I appreciate any feedback/suggestions and look forward to becoming a bike fanatic!

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    Hello SpikeyAsian, I personally think you'd do better to go with the Wingra, simply because it's a slightly higher model. The cushy seat on the Zebrano is nice for very casual riders, but your rear end will start protesting after a few miles on it!

    You might want to check out this thread:

    New & Improved : The Under $750 Roadbike Thread

    A lot of information here!

    Welcome to BF!

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    Thanks for the link! I ended up getting getting the Wingra and took it out for a small 5 mile ride before the sun had set..and I'm very happy with it.

    Does anyone have suggestions as to what kind of clothes I should wear when i ride? I'm not into skin-tight clothing..nor is my body very flattering in it I've tried searching the forum for info, but I haven't been able to find much.

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    You can wear mountain biking shorts--they have a chamois underneath, but look like regular shorts. It's not absolutely necessary to wear skin tight clothes unless you start racing. Just wear what you feel comfortable in.

    If you are female, try looking at the Team Estrogen website:

    http://www.teamestrogen.com/default.asp

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    Good choice - you will notice the lack of front suspension and sus seat post when you go up hills. The 32 mm wide tires are fine for hard packed dirt trails, and you may try 28 mm ones later if you want a bit more speed. I suggest getting bar ends so you can vary your hand position on longer rides.
    Keep off the sidewalks as it is very dangerous - if you are scared by cars coming up behind you get a mirror to fit on your glasses.

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