I've been riding my Huffy Santa Fe around local neighborhoods for a few days feeling pretty content with my ride. There's nothing like an hour ride before work every morning to get my day off to a good start. Then I just HAD to venture to these bike forums. Now I am suddenly trying to convince myself that "dorky is the new cool" and that I do not need to spend $1000+ on a new bike. My newbie question of the day is this - when did you take the plunge and invest in a "real" bike? I'm riding for enjoyment and fitness and literally just started 3 days ago on my totally rockin' Huffy that my mother-in-law gave me and is likely from the 80's. I don't plan to race or do rides of more than a couple hours at a time. I'm not looking for speed either - I'm ok with riding at a slow/moderate pace and upping my gears to get my heart rate up (I'm using a Polar F6 to monitor).
Oh yea, the introduction. Hi all, name's Amy and I'm in Alabama. And what's this I hear about a "secret" women's forum? Weird.
Anyway, I've learned a heck of lot from reading these forums so far and look forward to gaining more confidence on the road and improving my fitness.