What bike to use?

Old 06-08-11, 09:19 AM
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Hello!

I am brand new to serious bike riding and I am wanting to know what bike is good to ride. I am looking for a road bike and I have ridden a Trek bike (which I fell in love with) and I am wanting to know what your thoughts were on which bike to use. I am 5'2" and it seems that most bikes are for taller people. Which models would be good for me to use? I am going to use it mainly to lose weight, stay fit and also have it for a good relaxing bike ride. Thanks for your help!
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Old 06-08-11, 09:43 AM
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You probably want to move this question to a more appropriate section. If you are looking for a road bike there is a forum just for that.
But ultimately your question equivalent to asking "how long is a piece of string?" There are just too many variables. You said you want to lose weight, stay fit and have a relaxing ride--pretty much any bike will allow you to do that. Are you wanting to ride long distances? Do you want to commute to work/school? Are you going to be only on smooth streets or do you want to venture off-road? There are specific things to look for in each activity.
Browse through the various sub-forums on this site and you will see many options for more focused question asking. My last piece of advice--use the search feature found in each forum. With the number of people that are on here--and the multitude of questions that have been asked and answered already--there is a good chance your answer is already out there somewhere.
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Old 06-08-11, 12:52 PM
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I'd recommend wandering into several bike shops and talking to the staff, riding a few bikes, seeing what's out there. Bikes like people come in all shapes and sizes.

And to stretch the metaphor a bit, like shoes, one is not enough... you might end up with sneakers, heels, boots, etc. Better to try a bunch on before you buy.
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