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Old 02-02-12, 11:56 PM
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I recommend the local CL. In your price range, there will be a lot of choices and with a bit of patience, you might catch a really good deal. A CL bike is not likely to get stolen. If you decide you like biking and want to do longer rides, you can upgrade. I do think that you could use some help from a bike nerdy friend to help find a bike that is mechanically sound. I recommend a bike with some gears since SF has hills. Don't forget to budget for a helmet. A $20 Bell helmet from any bigbox store will be just as effective as a $200 helmet.

If you have never ridden in a city like SF, I recommend you consult some web sites that talk about how to ride safely in a city.
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