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Old 09-02-08, 02:45 PM   #1
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Hi. I'm completely new to biking, as in this prior weekend. I used to do a lot of paintballing, but there's such insane ongoing cost to that I couldn't really keep it up. I'd spent over $1200 on one of my markers, and would still end up spending $50-$100 on paint, air, fees, etc every weekend. So I needed to find a new hobby that
a) allows me to get some excercise,
b) lets me tweak and work on something in the meantime, and
c) doesn't break the bank EVERY time I do it!

-So I think cycling will fit the bill. I got a cheap-o wal-mart bike to start with (Schwinn Varsity 700c). If I can stick with it I may buy a nicer one, but the friends I'm riding with all have much more expensive bikes, and I can't really tell the difference in feel. Mechanically, I'm guessing there's probably a lot more chance of breakage on the cheapo, but I like working on stuff anyway, right? So this way I don't have to be scared of messing up a big investment, then when I get tired of fixing it, I can buy something nice and I'll already know a bit about how to work on it
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Old 09-02-08, 02:51 PM   #2
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welcome, i feel just like you. I used to paintball like once a month and the cost of it was just too much for me.
Cycling is great
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Old 09-02-08, 02:52 PM   #3
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Welcome to BF.
You have a Good Plan.
Those Schwinn's caught my eye as good looking.
Stay in touch and let us know how your bike rides and holds up to daily wear and tear.
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I used to play 'ball too! You're right though, way too expensive. I haven't played since the weekend before my son was born.

Riding is much better... I can take the boy with me.
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Hello defiancecp--as long as it keeps you out there, and you enjoy it, there's nothing wrong with starting off with a cheaper bike (but do make sure everything is properly tightened down, all right?).

Welcome to BF, and feel free to PM me with any questions !

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