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Old 09-21-06, 10:40 PM
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Hello from a true Newb!

It was a clear an overcast day, interesting for a place usually covered in fog, but the cool brisk air of a San Francisco morning can cut through you. You see, i was up visiting my twin brother who among other things, was participating in the 100 mile ride through Napa (although he only did the first half). Since my ability to write or captivate an audience is limited, needless to say i had the time of my life riding a very heavy, crappy mountain bike (esp. compared to his beautiful hybrid his co-worker lent him) for 20 + miles over the golden gate and into Suaslito (whose name i just butchored).

Here i am 2 weeks later joining a bike forum and doing all i can ot get a crash course in bikes since its a lot more than put foot on pedal and ride. All i can say is that everyday i go and do some research, figuring out if i shoudl buy new or just get a good used one (i just graduated college aka while working in the real world now still broke as a joke).

There are a few things i was hoping people could clear up - WHAT IS LRB? LRM ... and all the other acryonms people use here. Partly due to my brothers amazing hybrid that he borrowed (which glided and was just effortless) and due to the fact i have only really owned mountain bikes, the notion of being able to ride one bike on two surfaces (somewhat or rather well) is very enticing. IN all reality, i probably wont do much mountain biking. Do you guys agree? Are there any companies/models that i would be more highly recommended?

I am really sitting around, getting stir-crazy trying to figure out what bike is THE bike for me, as i want nothing more than to just go out for an hour or two and just ride!

It is truly a pleasure and an honor to apart of this online community. I look forward to all your input as time goes on ....
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Old 09-22-06, 06:35 AM
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id ask in the road forum if you intend to road bike but if you want mountain then mountain bike forum
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Old 09-22-06, 09:18 AM
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You are very fortunate to live in the bay area. There is no shortage of bike shops or bicyclists, there is good riding weather year round, and the mountains make for beautiful scenery and a great work out. It sure beats michigan anyway.

About getting a bike, I would go and test ride a bunch of them at your nearest bike shop, then if you want to be cheap, order something from ebay that resembles your favorite bike you tried out. Don't be afraid to buy used, used bikes are fine. Something that was top of the line 5 or 10 years ago is still nice today.
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Old 09-22-06, 09:24 AM
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Welcome to BF's (Bike Forums). We're all Newb (Noob, N00b, Newbie) at one point or another. I have learned a lot just reading through posts, made a lot of friends as well. The lingo will come, don't hesitate to ask questions, but also remember to use the 'Search' feature as well.
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Old 09-22-06, 07:28 PM
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Welcome

I would suggest you figure out what type of riding you want to do the most. If you gravitate to road I would definitely recommend you get a road bike especially if you already have a MTB. If you really get into road cycling you will be sorry you went hybrid. Same goes for MT biking. Whatever discipline you choose ride many and above all get fitted by a good bike shop. There are a million used bikes for sale because the owner was not fitted properly. Happy hunting.
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Old 09-24-06, 11:22 PM
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thank you guys for all the great input and responses!

i sadly live in los angeles (my twinski lives in sf).. but im hoping to get up in the next few years.

i will def. just go to the local bike shop (LBS .. HEY IM GETTING IT!) .... i just dont wnat ot be taken advantage of becuase im soo green to this.

In terms of which ride, i guess it would be more road but i LOVED the availability to do both with a hybrid. For me, its the potential to do both that is most enticing, versus getting 2 GREAT bikes (1 for each), i could get 1 good bike for both (which is fine). I love inclines (mountian or road) so as long as its not weighing me down .. i think the hybrid might work.

now if i could only get some time to go ot the bike shop. THANKS AGAIN GUYS!!!
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Old 09-25-06, 07:13 AM
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Its difficult to say if there is just ONE bike that will do it all for you. Be careful. You will probably notice that there are many of us on the forum that have a stable of rides. Let's see -- there is the super light road bike for Centuries, there is the heavier road bike for training, there is the commuter set up with panniers (but this bike can also be rigged for touring), there is the fully suspended mountain bike for the roughest terrain --and don't forget the hardtail for when the need for speed outruns rationality, there is the cruiser, the fixie, there is the vintage steel classic for when you really want to style, there is ...... well, you get the idea. Bikes seem to the one of the few addictions that are actually good for your health, but can be an addiction none-the-less. Enjoy!
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Old 09-25-06, 08:53 AM
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It is more important to find a helpful bike shop than a particular brand of bike, as most bikes in the same price range are very similar. If the roughest off road riding you will be doing is crushed stone paths, a hybrid will be fine for you. Tourers or cyclo-cross bikes can also take the slightly fatter tires you find on hybrids, but tend to be more expensive.
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Old 09-25-06, 08:40 PM
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THanks for the input guys.... i cannot tell you how informative it is.

I would be doing primarily road but in terms of bike, the only real mtn bike paths i have around my house are more or less just dirt .. nothing really rocky at all ... just kinda "off roading" ....

Thanks again!! Looks like i know what im doing on friday for my day off!
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