I'm in the Chicago suburbs and new to both cycling and this forum. I've been thinking about taking up bike riding seriously as a sport for a while, but hadn't done anything on it. Now that gas has gotten up over the $3.25 a gallon mark, it seems that ditching the car all together will be the way to go and a good impetice to start riding for real.
I came to the Bike Forums to hopefully meet some folks local to me interested in biking and for advice on the all important purchase of a first bike, which I'm planning to make once the weather settles down, hopefully on May 1. If anyone has any suggestions a new, short female rider looking to use her bike to commute and "around town," at least to start, I'd be grateful to hear them.
Nice to meet you all. I'm Megan.