Buy cycling shorts and a jersey, more comfortable. Get a helmet, so you can get back up if you fall on your head. You will fall down some, don't worry about it, most of the time, it hurts a little, you get back up and keep going. Even if you do get bumped up worse, it will heal, don't let it scare you.
If you have a friend that rides a lot and is a bada$$, don't ride with him, it can be discouraging. Look for local groups of riders that are out to have a good time not set records.
Find a good local shop, you find them by going to a bunch and asking questions. How does the staff treat you? Do they know what they are talking about? Can they fit you to a bike? What kind of post sale service do they offer? You want a shop you like becauseif you are new, you may spend a fair amount of time there.
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