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Old 07-18-10, 03:25 PM   #1
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Hi from Brooklyn

Hi I'm brand new to biking. Well...not exactly. I learned to ride as a kid but stopped riding by age 13. I'm a thirty-something now and I've ridden twice in the past year (vacation rentals) and realize that i love it. So I plan to bike for both recreation and weight-loss. I'm looking to buy my own bike and would like advice on that process. Where to begin?

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Old 07-18-10, 04:47 PM   #3
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Budget

sub $400...

I've been looking at Electra bikes, specifically the Townie 7D and Amsterdam Original 3i. Mostly because I rode a Townie last month and it felt like the most comfortable, least scary bike I've ever been on. I'll be riding in Brooklyn where its high-density, and drivers are not too friendly. I plan to ride mostly in parks, but sometimes need to ride in bike lanes to get to the park. Its important to me that I feel comfortable on the bike and I like that with the Electra bikes I can put my feet flat on the ground if I need to. Any suggestions of bikes with same advantages that are better built and/or cheaper?
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Just get one you like.

Your first bike will become an learning experience for you.
As you ride you will meet other riders on different types of bikes.
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My suggestion is to get the 7D, you'll appreciate the additional gears
if you ever plan to go over any of the bridges; Brooklyn, Williamsburg, etc.
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1nterceptor. I think I just needed a nudge in the right direction.
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Don't forget the helmet; but you were already planning that right?
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So...I got the bike. Now I need to get outfitted. I live in Brooklyn so I guess its considered "high crime". What kind of lock might be best? I'm getting pinheads installed so my LBS said I just need a u-lock. Any recommendations? Thanks.
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