Join Date: Sep 2005
Bikes: Surly Big Dummy, Fuji World, 80ish Bianchi
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Hi Chrissie, welcome to BF.
Treat yourself to a shopping trip to all of your area bike shops and test ride as many bikes as you can. Pick the bike that fits you best (bod and budget), turns you on aesthetically, and can handle possible 'nice-to-haves' like rear rack, fenders, front basket, child seat, child trailer, etc. that you might want to have later.
You can always run your short list of choices back to us in one of the forums (like rec and family) for opinions, tips, etc. before purchasing. Good luck, and most of all, have fun!
"Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey