Help a bipedal human get on two wheels.
April 30, 2011 12:49 PM Subscribe
Bikefilter: I know zilch about bikes. What kind of bike do I want?
I'm a 5'7" female who really just wants a bike for recreational flat urban riding (I live in north Brooklyn). I don't plan on distance riding, maybe just a spin with friends or to work every once in a while (also in Brooklyn). I will not be spending more than $200 so I'm mostly perusing craigslist and used bike shops. I have never purchased a bike or really ridden one since before I was a teen. I also like 'cute' bikes. I don't want a fixie.
What I have seen that I like are some vintage Schwinn cruisers with fenders (most seem to be 3 speed or 5 speed) because they, again, are cute, and I don't have to bend all the way over to just hold on to the handle-bars. I would like to be as upright as possible. Would this kind of bike be what I want? What other kinds should I be looking at?
Also, when looking at used bikes, what kinds of things should I be looking at to make sure they are in workable order? Assume I know nothing (I don't even know where to look when someone says 'gears'; I just learned what 'tubes' are). Naturally, any and all resources for a total bike n00b are appreciated, as I plan on educating myself.
I've already researched used bike stores in the area and have been to a few of them, but if there is a place you can recommend where the staff won't laugh at my complete ignorance, that would be appreciated as well.