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Old 02-21-12, 07:49 AM
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Run platforms if budget is an issue. There is nothing wrong with platform pedals,they are just less efficient. But for a beginner, they are fine. Also, if you find you don't like riding, you won't be stuck with cycling shoes you don't need. (Yes, you can sell the shoes, but if you are buying entry level shoes, you're not going to get much for them used.)

As for a helmet, all helmets meet the same safety standards. As you go up in price, you get better fit, better ventilation and lower weight.

Finally, for $1200, there are hundreds of options out there. Anything from the major names, such as Cannondale, Trek, Specialized, Giant...., will be fine. At that price point, they are all pretty much the same anyway. The differences are so minor as to be inconsequential.
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