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Old 11-12-2009, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Waxhaw
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That bicycle store that you mentioned in Pineville is a very good store with a very helpful & cool staff. When I first started riding I did what you are saying & got a hybrid. Turns out that's good if you're say riding to work everyday & don't want to pop a tire. But if you start really enjoying cycling & want to join a club as I did, you'll find that everybody has road bikes. The problem with having a hybird, or worse a mtn, is that it is sooo difficult to keep up. For me, I wound up having to buy a road bike (which in the end cost more since now I have 2 bikes). Unless you're into mtn biking, which you'll either really like or not; you should find that you have a preference. Maybe you should rent a bike & go out with the store's club for the day on one of the easy rides. Oh & you totally right to be concerned about the size. I can't stand watching cyclists whose legs are either way too bent or way too straight, I just feel so bad for them. Lastly, the seat size as you mentioned depends on your weight. If you are average weight & are going to become fairly serious you should go with one of those small seats that way your legs won't chafe. You can always put a larger gel seat cushion on top if you don't like it. And most important of all make sure you get some padded bike shorts so that you don't feel black & blue!
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Old 11-12-2009, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Thanks to both of you for the replies. I looks like I can find what I need in the $300 range.

Don't take offense, but are the comfort bikes girlie or is it just me?

Are comfort bikes girlie, interesting question.

As Tspoon said they are perfect for cycling to the store, short trips etc.

If you go on to bike forums, you will find that the correct number of bikes is N+1, number of bikes you have +1

Me I have a road bike and have thought in the past about getting two comfort bikes one for me and the wife, that way then if she want's to cycle for a couple of miles great I go with her, with out the spandex etc.

If I am out on the road bike I am dressed up and planning on cycling a lot more than 2-3 miles.
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