Iím getting the bike bug again and think this time Iím going to have to go through and finally get one.
From reading around different forums, Iíve picked up that nothing beats going in and trying out bikes to find the one that feels right. That said, I donít live in a cycling hotbed (we do have a couple of shops, though) and have no friends in cycling for guidance before or during shopping, so would like to get opinions and information before so I can go in somewhat armed.
Primary use at this time would be exercise; I would also like to use it for some short-distance (under 5 miles) errands. I would love to switch to a bike for my commute (13 miles), but just donít have a bike-friendly route available, and donít think I could do it quickly enough to realistically work in my schedule.
For my uses, Iím thinking a hybrid or road/sport bike are probably the best options - what are the major differences in these types? Sometimes I see ďperformanceĒ thrown into the mix Ė is that just a higher-end bike, or does it signify something else? Is there something Iím missing and should be considering a different bike altogether?
Unfortunately, cost does have to be a factor; is there any hope of a decent bike in the $400 - $500 range?
A stupid Ė or at least newbie Ė question Ė when the size of a bike is mentioned, what is it referring to? Height? Wheel size? A measurement of some part of the frame from one point to another? Something else?
And, what about essential accessories for starting? I know I need a helmet and pump Ė what else is an absolute before striking out? Iím factoring another $150 for this start up gear Ė am I being unrealistic with this?