First-time rider seeks bicycle advice. What should I get? From where [in Melbourne, Australia]? Rough cost?
October 25, 2010 7:30 PM Subscribe
First-time rider seeks bicycle advice. What should I get? From where? Rough cost?
posted by mrme to health & fitness (14 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm new to any outdoor cycling - but for about 6 months now, I've done spin/cycle classes twice a week at the gym, for whatever that's worth. I really enjoy riding and the endorphin rush. The weather here is becoming beautiful, so I'd like to buy a bike to make the most of some outdoor riding.
I anticipate riding mostly on sealed paths and roads or the occasional gravel path. The trails I can ride on are pretty flat, but getting to them involves some pretty heavy going hill-work - so hopefully I could get a bike to deal with both. If possible, it'd be nice to do some light riding on what are probably considered mountain bike terrain (paths - nothing very intense though).
Ideally I'd like to work up to 50km-200km 'fun competitions' next year sometime, and would be great if the bike could handle this too. I've been told a hybrid is what I should be looking at. Your advice is much appreciated!
Budget: hopefully under $1000 aud all inclusive (helmet, lock? etc.) - but less is best. Me: I'm 186 cm (6'2") and am in reasonably good shape.