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I need your help. I am looking for an entry level bike to ride everyday. I am looking for something to excercise. I am 6 feet tall and weigh about 240lb. I want to start slow about 10 miles a day around a park that is grass and cement or riding at the beach again on cement or blacktop. Eventually I would like to get into longer rides. Im looking for somehting max price of out the door $350-400(thats even pushing it, but I will if it is going to be worth it). I do need to get myself in shape. Any help and recommendations would be appreciated.

thank you

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    Find a used bike. If you have a cyclist buddy, have him help you pick out a good one, but likely you can find something for $50 or so, so even if your first try isn't the best, it's still a fair investment. (Search here for some articles about how to evaluate a used bike.) – Daniel R Hicks Mar 13 '14 at 19:15
  • See this article: bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/9948/… – Daniel R Hicks Mar 13 '14 at 19:16
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    check out "hybrid" bikes – user9135 Mar 13 '14 at 20:54
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    10 miles a day is a lot for someone just starting out – Batman Mar 13 '14 at 21:06
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    And, of course, one should always ask friends and neighbors if they know of a bike that's not being used. There are millions of bikes sitting in the backs of garages, collecting dust. – Daniel R Hicks Mar 14 '14 at 1:17
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Re- iterating comments- Second hand will offer best value for money. Avoid chain store bikes. Much better to get a use quality bike that is 1/2 worn out than a new cheap and nasty one. I suggest a Hybrid (or Comfort) bike with flat handle bars as a good starter. Road bikes are designed light to go fast at the expense of comfort (experienced riders are used to it). A Mountain bike is another alternate that will work, although not quite as well on paved surfaces.

Key things are to get the right sized bike. If at all possible get a cyclist mate to help out (ask around work if you don't know of anyone - I am sure someone will step up).

Visit a couple of bike shops, I recommend find ones with lots of kids bikes as they know about tight budgets and are used to dealing with inexperienced riders. They may have suitable used bikes, or last year model on big discount. Even if you do not plan to buy from them, you may need them fro service, so they should be more than happy to talk about your needs and offer advice.

Don't spend all your money on the bike. You will need helmet, pump, spare tubes and puncture repair kit (learn how to use these). I strongly recommend padded bike shorts. If skin tight lycra is not your thing, you can get baggies (common with MTB'ers) and even ones that are underwear. Really good shorts are expensive, but even cheaper ones will make a difference to comfort when riding.

You don't say what your current fitness level is. Make sure you start out easy, even if you are super fit. Cycling uses different muscles to what you are used to going to hard to quickly usually ends badly. I would say 10 miles a day is too much for the first weeks, but is a good target.

Don't be talked into buying a bike for when you are fitter and training for the Tour de.... If you do you will upgrade it before then anyway, but do by a bike that is of reasonable quality.

  • I started writing an answer but this along the other comments should give the OP good guidance. I would emphasize the take it slow angle: 3 miles (5 km) maximum on alternate days for the first week, then slowly build up. Go on rides to explore the neighborhood, and get a bike lock so that you can ride to the shops etc, instead of always going training. – andy256 Mar 13 '14 at 22:42
  • Loads of good advice in here Matt – PeteH Mar 13 '14 at 22:45

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