I'm not much of a cyclist myself, but my 20 year old son is. He has a cheapy commuter for getting around town, a decent road bike and has just recently built a fixie for himself.
I know from other special interest forums that I belong to that there is no better way to "borrow" the knowledge and experience of serious cyclists than by asking a few questions in a forum like this.
I've lurked for a bit to see you all play. I've just registered now and I hope you'll indulge my ignorance so I can get the kid some decent cycle accessories for Christmas.