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Old 06-16-14, 10:12 AM
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Newbie Just Starting Out

Hello everyone.

I live in Rolla, Missouri and completely new to biking. I'm a 22 year old college student and I've thought about getting a bike for a while now, but now I need to get one. I have a 3-5 mile commute between work and school and I need a more reliable mode of transportation and what better way than a bike. I also want to use it to lose some weight. I use to do collegiate sports but then quit and have gained weight and want to exercise more. Since I'm new to biking I'm not exactly sure what I should get but any advice would be great.

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Old 06-16-14, 05:22 PM
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Welcome to Bike forums. Why not stop by a bike shop or two and discuss your budget, the type of riding you plan on doing, miles per week, etc. and see what bikes they recommend. Test ride everything that appeals to you.
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Old 06-16-14, 06:08 PM
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Welcome here! If I had 3-5 miles to work, I would commute. Good luck on your hunt for the perfect ride!
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Old 06-16-14, 06:15 PM
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Welcome to BF!
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Old 06-16-14, 07:58 PM
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It may not be obvious to you, but a new or nice bike will be jacked or stripped at school. For a college commuter, nasty is much better. A older hard tail mountain bike would be ideal, it will give you a better calorie work-out anyway. Word to the wise, stickers and rust are your friends. Even if you score a nicer old bike, think about ugly-ing it up with a rattle can.

Wait until you are settled into your career, then buy yourself a new, flashy bike...which you'll lock in the garage.
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