I just posted a bit about myself on the introductions forum.
Anyway, new here and new to cycling in general. I still don't have a bike, but I do need one very soon.
Basically, I've been running consistently for the past three years but a recent bout with plantar fasciatis will force me off my feet for quite a while - so, I'm probably going to have to start cycling.
I live in Irvine and I typically run on bike trails and I intend on riding the same trails. If you're familiar with the area, the bike trail I'm speaking of the is the Mountains to Sea - which is paved.
Anyway, here's a route I'd like to ride:
I plan on doing this just for fun but who knows - it may turn into an obsession. That's what I said about running and look at me now, my body is suffering as a result. I don't run competitively, unless you count running against myself.
I'm going to be realistic - I don't plan on racing or doing large group rides. I don't keep up with the joneses. Even though my good friend rides a Kestrel full carbon road bike, I'm not going to play catch-up. Literally.
I'm not going to do tours or races. Chances are, once I find a nice route, I'll stick with that route and just work on my pace/speed. I'm going to ride a bike for my benefit because I'm hoping that I'll enjoy it.
My issue is - I don't have a bike yet and my budget is miniscule ($500 MAX).
So, I don't know what kind of bike to get, what kind of geometry, size, etc. I'm a complete newbie.
I walked into Jax at Culver/Walnut and asked about road bikes in my budget and the sales guy was flabbergasted at my price range. I couldn't have felt more like a fool. I could have sworn I heard him snickering.
With running, I just put one foot in front of the other. With biking, there's two wheels and a whole lot of technology involved.
PLEASE help me out here folks. The road is calling me and my stupid feet won't let me run!
I don't need a high-end bike. I just need two wheels and the ability to get to a good speed. I don't even know if I need gears, what with these kids in tight pants and black glasses riding around on fixies.
Craigslist is quite frustrating and though the deals are great, having to assemble a BikesDirect bike has me questioning my mechanical ability. I used to tune my own MTB in college and I had issues with having it hold gears. It was quite a lesson in frustration.
I really don't know what I need or how to go about getting a bike that won't injure me.
some help? thanks in advance!