My friend and I decided to start cycling. We first started out looking at hybrid bikes. We went to a LBS and I soon realized my $300-400 budget wasnt going to go far. I test rode a Specialized Sirrus Elite and I liked how it felt. The next day I went to a LBS by my house and tested this Allez and I loved it more than the Sirrus. IT was way over my budget but i decided that this was the bike i wanted. As I got home i started taking auction still pictures of all my paintball gear and put it up on ebay. After 3 day auctions I had made about $800 after fees. Im really enjoying the bike. I rode about 12 miles the first four days just to start getting used to the seat and getting my legs going. Two days ago and i did 20 miles. It was fun until the 17th mile or so when my regular gym shorts started bothering me. I realized why the shop owner kept telling me to get shorts. So now Im searching for a good pair of shorts and trying to find good pedals and shoes.
Im pretty happy and im enjoying the sport so far. Dont regret my choice to sell everything paintball related i owned. My speed is still slow (12mph avg) and i still havent hit a serious hill. Im sure with practice and constant riding ill start improving. My friend decided to get a Marin hybrid bike, my girlfriend is lookign for a bike she likes and can afford and my other friend is starting to save up money for his bike.