Actually...

No, I'm not.  I'm definitely a fitness enthusiast but am getting so freaking bored with running on a treadmill (we've had a horrible winter here) that I can barely stand it.  And my Wii fit is just an obnoxious little electronic putz.  I do like Dance Dance Revolution but the announcer makes me hostile.  And I refuse to believe that the Advanced steps are humanly possible.

So.  I have several friends that are very much in to cycling...and have been thinking of taking it up.  The problem is, I've read that to really enjoy it, you need to buy a really good bicycle.  And I don't want to spend many multiples of hundreds of dollars on something I might not like.

So.  True?  Is it so wrong to buy a bike at Target and if I like it, invest money in a better one?

DiscoveryChick DiscoveryChick
41-45, F
7 Responses Mar 9, 2009

I'm not a cyclist. I won't even call myself one. But I do ride my bike sometimes. You can get a hybrid bike with thinner tires but not as thin as those of road bikes for around $600 like what SomewhatRick said or you can get entry level road bike for that price but a decent road bike will cost you at least $1000. Once we're talking about the high end ones that made of carbon fiber that weigh only 10lbs then we're talking about $5000 bikes here. I think that's what my friend OLK meant by high end road bikes. And she's right, anybody has to be a serious cyclist to be owning one of those and one who participates in rally/race events.

Thanks, OLK. No, my shoes are definitely just typical sport shoes from a department store, nothing special at all.I will look into running shoes! I have had a few minor injuries ...my right knee ws sort of vaguely bothering me for a while, and my left foot had a strange sort of strain or something across the top of it which made working out uncomfortable...that lasted for a long time, about 6 weeks, to varying degrees. I did buy new shoes (still not running shoes) and switched them out for my workouts and I think that finally resolved it.<br />
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I hear what you're saying about grass. I do do a slow grass jog every day when I take the dogs out and I've come close to twisting my ankle a few times plus various minor injuries several times as well.

DiscoveryChick, I'm also a runner. So I know what you mean by running being hard on the joints. That's why I alternate running and cycling. I find that running on a treadmill or an outdoor track is a lot easier on my joints then running on pavement. I definitely avoid running on grassy areas cause I consider it as relatively poor running surfaces. This may surprise some people who choose grass because it's soft but grassy surfaces are also uneven. So running on grass makes the muscles and tendons in your feet and legs work harder and leaves you more susceptible to injury.<BR><BR>Please make sure that the shoes you are wearing are running shoes instead of walking shoes, cross country shoes, etc.. as running shoes are designed to protect and assist the movement of a runner's feet and to absorb shock. Also, because each runner's feet are different and have a different shape as well as motion while running, your running shoes should match the type of your foot and the style of your running. I hope this helps and I hope that you will keep on running.

Thanks, OLK. The weather's been better and so I've been doing some running but it's hard on the joints so I have just been looking at bikes again this week.

To start with, you don't need to have one of those expensive road bikes. You can just use any bike you have to see if cycling is for you. Those said road bikes are for speed and high mileage which you don't need anyhow for now. If later, you find that you enjoy the sport, you can start with a simple road bike that doesn't cost too much but will still be an upgrade. Don't buy any medium or high end road bikes if you don't put at least 100miles/160K a week on it. That's my opinion based on my own experience. Good luck and I hope that you enjoy cycling as much as I do. I hope you find this helpful.

Thanks! Of course, I wouldn't know how to recognize a good older bike...but it's still good advice.

I would say look at garage sales and maybe even craigslist. I am riding a almost 30 year old bike and it's just fine. I would say maybe get a better older bike then a new one.