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Question about buying a bike....
I want to incorporate biking into my weekly workouts now that I’m moving to a suburb with a ton of paved biking paths. I have NO idea where to start. It feels like...

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I don’t have a specific bike recommendation for you, but I would advise against getting a top of the line or very expensive bike as a beginner. It’s just not necessary. I would go to a local used bike shop and talk with the employees. They are usually knowledgeable and hopefully wouldn’t oversell you on something you really don’t need

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This. I recommend spending 500-1000 on a road bike. That’ll get you a nice entry level model of about any brand (personally a Cannondale loyalist) and then if in a year or two you’re more into it, you can always upgrade.

Build a relationship with that LBS (local bike store) and they’ll fix your minor problems for free and give you a ton of great advice. A lot of them also lead weekly rides for beginners or can introduce you to your local clubs. Welcome to cycling!

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Following! Super interested as well

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I was in a similar situation! I’m not super price sensitive, so went to REI and asked them to sort me out with entry level road bike. They found me a good one + all the gear (helmet, lock, bottle holder, lights), came to $1000ish. Other friends told me to look on Craigslist & sure you could do it cheaper but I wanted both the REI expertise + the warranty if it broke.

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Grab a Specialized for $600 to start

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...bikes range from cheap at big box stores to thousands at specialty bike stores. Is there a middle someone can recommend? This bike will never see a triathlon or rugged trails, but would like a quality one

Had a Honda cbr600 great beginner bike not to much power

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Thanks all! I’ll absolutely m start with the local bike store

I’m a bit of a crazy bike person (5 bikes and counting 🤷‍♀️) but here was my path for my first bike. I knew I was going to be a bit more of an avid biker so I went higher in price ($2300) to get a full carbon frame etc. When you think budgeting think the whole package - bike, helmet, shoes, pedals (if you’re going clipless you have to buy these), lights, flat kit, shorts etc. go to your local bike shops but go to a couple and start talking frame sizes. Road bikes often come in CMs for frame sizes for example I’m 5’4” and ride around a 51cm frame. Do not get a cruiser if you want to do exercise, it’s not going to motivate you. If you’re staying under a $1000 you can get a solid road bike with an aluminum frame, bumping up a couple hundred would put a carbon fork on it that helps absorb shock but doesn’t sound like you’re that concerned.

Personally I would avoid Craigslist, bikes can be crashed and become structurally unsound, if you don’t know what you’re looking for go with the shop first. Any good bike shop should offer help to at least spot fit you to the bike including seat height and stem length for the handle bars. Places like REI don’t really have the expertise to do this. Getting fit to your bike will help reduce issues with back/knees/but etc. a better fit = faster and more comfortable riding.

I would buy on Craigslist and save a ton of money- but before you ride it take it to a bike shop for a tune up and replace what needs to be replaced. I bought a 5 year old Bianchi with top of the line components for about 1/3 of retail

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