I'm trying to find out if I'm going to enjoy cycling. I am not looking to commute, not looking to race, just looking to go out on a Saturday for a few hours. Please provide input and suggestions on bikes (low budget) and all around cycling suggestion.
Ahhh yeah, you are kind of in the same boat I was when I started. I just wanted to ride some. Then once I did get out and ride, the cycling bug bit and changed everything.
Im not as well versed in what reasonably priced bikes there are out there so I will leave that for others to comment on. However, I would advise that you make allowance for the possibility that once you do ride, you will want to ride even more and perhaps plan for that.
You very first purchases (if you are certain you are going to purchase a bike) is the requisite safety gear, namely a helmet. If you plan to ride at night any you will need some lights. I would also consider some riding gloves and most certainly padded shorts.
There is probably more but that will get you started.
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Basically you need to figure out "how" you are going to ride. Will this be on and off road or simply on road? With bikes, you tend to get what you pay for. Once you figure out how you plan to use it, you can make a determination on what you want from there.
As for spandex or lycra, well, that is debatable and depends on what you want to do.
Welcome, dk! +1 to Stormy's basic gear list. Helmet, gloves and padded shorts are the basics, for sure. While we need more info on the type of cycling you're looking to do, my off-the-cuff guess is you'd do well to check into a hybrid of some sort.
Throw a leg over the bike, sit, pedal have fun! Welcome to the two wheeled world!
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