Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Corpus Christi, Texas
Bikes: Specialized Allez sport
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Hello, BigDaddyKotanks! I just recently got into cycling, and I know less than you! The last time I rode a bike was 1977, and then it was a single gear, coaster brakes, plain-Jane bike. In the past two weeks I have had to learn a new riding position, learn about gears and shifting, and learn to brake from the handlebars. Today I had clipless pedals put on, and, well...one more new thing! But it's not all as hard as I thought it would be.
I wanted to tell you, a few weeks ago, I was in your position, also, not knowing where to start. If you think the bike shops will/may try to sell you on something you won't want, look around online! Google any question you have, and chances are you'll find a bike forum or several, that will have much input from many helpful people! It's amazing! I learned so much just going online! Here are a couple of sites that I just found, that might be helpful to you:
Whatever questions come to your mind, type that question into Google, and you'll begin to get answers. Do a lot of reading, which won't be hard, because it's so darn interesting! At least, I think so, and maybe because I'm so new!
You'll begin to get into the cycling language, also. Above all, don't be intimidated...there are a lot of helpful people out there!