Teehee... Newb...

Hey. Okay. So. Here's the deal:

I would love to start riding a bike instead of driving. I live in a college town and it just makes sense to ditch the auto. I walk, mostly, but it'd be nice to be able to go farther than my two little legs will take me.

Do you guys have any hints, tips, tricks o' the trade, etc for a lowly little serf such as I? I don't have tons of cash, so I've been stalking craigslist for a bike to pop up at the right price, but so far no luck. Since I can't quite invest in this yet (a: because I'm poor, and b: because I don't know it's something I'm going to be mad about forever (though I doubt I won't be once I start)), I was wondering what I should start on... What to look for in buying a bike, especially a used one. Also, how much I should plan on setting aside. I'm willing to wait it out (especially as below freezing is not my most favorite weather ever, plus natural windchill (and bicyclechill too! oh my!) if I need to save up some cash.

Any training stuff I could do in the gym to work up to being able to ride like a mofo into the sunset? ... Besides bike machines of course. They seem so obvious. Are they good for training?


Cough... I'd love to be able to go on a long ride at some point. I realize that sort of training takes years. But it'd be cool... This person I'm really into is borderline obsessed with biking. (haha I swear it's not my only motivation. It's just the most weighty motivation at the moment ;)



Thanks in advance, loves.

etheror etheror
18-21, F
5 Responses Feb 28, 2009

Don't spend very much money on any sports equipment until you know that you will enjoy it, so get a super cheap bike that fits you, on CL or a garage sale. Make sure it fits your body and that the gears and brakes work well. If it's funky it will be less likely to be stolen. <br />
If you still enjoy riding after a few months, then decide if you want a bike for exercise or just for transportation. If you never travel more than 8 miles or so at a time then I would get a cruiser in between a mtn bike and a road bike with big smooth tires from a good brand. <br />
If you get into exercising alot then get a road bike and shoes/peddles that snap in. If you have alot of glass on the road , occasionally go offroad, and don't mind a harder workout from a heavier bike and shorter distances, than get a mtn. bike.

Second loopnscc's comment in general. Getting a bike that's comfortable used might take a little more work, and taking it out for distances will depend on what sort of bike it is. You might see if your library has something like Bicycling Magazine's Guide for New Cyclists, a little paperback book with a lot on what the different bike styles are good for and other starter information. On the other hand, the person of interest mentioned will probably be happy to impart much of that by lecture. :)

Hey thanks guys. I'll keep all this in mind.

It really doesn't take years to be able to ride longer. I hadn't been on my bike seriously for 15+ years. Last summer I started riding, joined a bike club, and the rest is history. By the end of the summer I had done a 50 mile ride and getting out for 30 miles was no big deal. The weather should be breaking soon and I expect in a couple of weeks I will be back to 30 miles being an easy ride. My goal this year is to do a couple of 100 mile rides. Just do it, get on that bike and start riding.

Turns out my school does have a green bike program, which is fantastic. Thanks for your tips :)