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Old 05-01-13, 09:31 AM   #1
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Greetings from Toronto. Decision time

I posted something similar on a different sub-forum here but might as well add to it.

Hello from Toronto. The weather's starting to get better, the birds are chirping, and it's time that I finally stopped using my car as often as I do, especially for short distances. I'm a male and in my early 30s, fit, and looking to buy a bike that I'll mainly use for short distances (5km or less). I live in the city but outside of downtown, so it's possible that on some occasions I'll want to ride my bike to downtown Toronto (around 10km).

The problem is that I'm completely clueless when it comes to bikes. All I know is that I should either buy a hybrid or a road bike (not sure which one), and that I don't want to pay too much for a bike (at least not until I realize I want to become more serious about biking). I also know that at 5ft7, I should buy a bike that's around 21" in frame.

I've been looking on craigslist for bikes under $200. Of course, I don't know which one's selling for a fair price and which ones I should ignore.

Anyways, I'll appreciate any help I can get from this community. Thank you all.
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Old 05-01-13, 09:53 AM   #2
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Buy one that looks good and is close to your size.

Your First bike is a learning, get in shape bike.

You will know what you want on the second bike.
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Get a road bike, not a hybrid, but one with a bit fatter tires than a typical racing bikes. This is a bike you can keep for a long time and find a use for even if you upgrade.
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Hi Sepandee, welcome to BF, glad to have you here with us. You should spend some time in Hybrid Bike, Road Cycling and Commuting Forums reading the posts and taking in information about the various bikes out there being used. Ths only person that knows which bike will suit your needs is you. Find a good bicycle shop, even if you are buying used or Craig's List and get to know them, if they seem not interested in your needs, find another one. Best of luck on finding your bike, it isn't all that hard.

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