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Old 09-09-07, 09:27 PM
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I need help getting started

So I just got stationed in HI and I would like to start biking mostly as a method of transportation (approx 20 miles a day), I have a vehicle but would be doing this for fitness, I need to lose some weight. I will be riding on roads the whole way but must be at work by 630 so a little night riding will happen. I am looking mostly for a comfortably ride so I was thinking hybrid??? what bikes should i look at if i want to ride a little more upright than a true road bike. budget will be under $1,000 for everything. I will also need to be able to carry boots, a uniform, and a lunch.

I am 26 5'10" and 228lbs and I am starting out not in the best of shape so i dont fit the typical biker profile.

I appreciate any help you guys throw out there since i really have no idea nor do i know anyone out here who does. I will probably go to the bike shop by wednesday or thursday this week and i dont want to walk out with what i dont want/need

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Once you get to the shop, you'll be able to get a feel for the bikes but look at a hybrid that leans more road than off road. That will mean 700c tires instead of 26 inch mtb tires. Your next concern should be safty and accessories. Have your budget include:

Safety vest
Bar ends for the handlebars. With a flat bar handlebar on most hybrids, you'll want additional hand positions over 20 miles.
Rack for the back
Fenders for the rainy days
Set of Pannier bags to carry your work. You didn't say what kind of work you do, but you may need a front set of racks and panniers for the front if you need to carry a lot.
A good lock
2 bottle cages & bottles
2 lights for the rear, 2 for the front. one flashing, one steady for each. Been prepared to spend $100 + on lights.
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