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Hi ladies! I am interested in getting into biking. Any good bike recs? If you’re in DMV area, please drop some good bike shop names. Thanks all :)

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What type of biking? Road, trail, downhill, stationary?

Yay! Biking is so fun! You should be aware though that theres a huge shortage of bikes at the moment. I have an awesome road bike but wanted to add a gravel bike to the mix and placed an order in Nov. I won’t get it til next August! There’s a global shortage of Shimano parts which is causing a shortage of bike inventory across most major brands - Trek, Specialized, etc... you might be tempted to buy a cheaper option to just get moving in the short term and then upgrade in a year or so when the inventory is back. I also looked at the Trek Roscoe 7 in like June of this year (before I decided on gravel) and it was back ordered about 4 months.

Spokes is a great bike shop in the NoVA area!

If you’re just starting and looking for a trail bike, look for a full suspension in the 120-130mm suspension range and probably 27.5 inch tires. My first bike was the LIV intrigue 2, which was the cheaper aluminum model and I loved it. Great for climbing, fun in the downhill and some bumps and a reasonable price.
Don’t bother with carbon, you can upgrade in the future after you know if you like it.
I’m a fan of the Liv bikes but ride a Santa Cruz now and miss my Liv. I’ve seen others on some good Trek bikes too.
A1 makes a good point about shortages so you may just have to shop a bit and see what’s available for a reasonable cost then upgrade in the future. Second hand bikes are also being priced crazy high right now due to demand. It’s insane.

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