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!