Hi Biking Community,
I am new to biking and joined this site to learn a little more before I put down the money to buy my bike. I am a college student who enjoys physical activity very much. I ran cross country in HS and just last year ran a 5K race in downtown San Jose, California. As a runner, there are many similarities in biking that are applied in the same way, such as pace setting, motivation, and planning strategies based on the course.
I got into biking starting with an anime (Japanese animation) called "overdrive." Additionally, I have always been interested in biking from watching Tour de France. Only this summer, I got together with a couple of my friends and went biking where the roads rolled up and down. I felt a need to go faster.
Recently, I started looking into more bikes I could invest my money into (searching Craigslist). I rode around on my friend's vintage Raleigh for a while but returned it to him. The other day I went to the Local Bike Shop and test drove the Raleigh Rush Hour. I am searching the market for a comfortable road bike that would last me a long time (and not be forced to upgrade).
I see that there are a lot of members online and would appreciate any help. Thanks again.