Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Savannah GA
Bikes: None; currently shopping for one
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Getting back in the game...
Good afternoon, y'all. I'm looking to get back into riding after eight years of not doing it. Used to ride 20+ miles a day over small but sometimes steep hills on golf cart paths, but stopped when I moved off to college and couldn't really ride safely in the middle of a large city. Now I've moved to a more suburban area; still not comfortable riding on the local roads but I have a few places I can go with sparse traffic. Unfortunately, there aren't really any hills here in coastal Georgia.
Anyways, I'd like to get back into riding as an alternative to pounding away on a treadmill or elliptical. I need a new bike, too; my old one was a circa 1991 Schwinn 10-speed "mountain" bike with a homemade sheetmetal CD player, cheap odometer, flashlight speedtaped to the frame for night rides, nice wide padded seat, and a rusty chain that skipped. It took years of abuse before finally rusting out in my garage last year.
I'm looking for what I guess is considered a hybrid now. I don't need anything fancy or expensive, just something with a nice comfortable seat, straight-across handlebars, and regular flat pedals. I'm hoping not to spend more than $200-250 or so, but I'm not sure how reasonable that is.
Any suggestions on a bike or training techniques to get back into things?