So, I ride a bike. It's really cute and has a basket. It does not have gears, I have to pedal backwards to brake, and it's insanely heavy, so sometimes it takes FOREVER to get anywhere. But, I love riding my bike. It makes me smile and it's very comfortable (key ingredients for me). I would like to start biking more, possibly commuting (right now I walk) and for general getting around town (I live in a college town with bike lanes).
I just want a bike with a few gears so it's not so hard to go up hills (right now I usually have to get off and push). This forum seems like the right start for me to find out for myself what I might want. I am intimidated when I go to bike shops and get confused by all the shop talk. I don't want to sound stupid, but at the same time, when did buying a bike get so complicated? Do they even make 3-speeds anymore?
Can someone point me in the right direction on this board to start reading/asking questions? I want to be armed with knowledge the next time I go to a bike shop.