I am brand spanking new to cycling and have been intensely researching what brand of bike to buy. Since I'm new and not leaping into any races anytime soon I know I don't need a track bike, but I also don't want something junky that:
- won't be fun to ride
- will break and cost me more money to fix it, and
- be way too much bike for my needs.
So: I live in Atlanta (mildly to very hilly in parts but lots of flat trails and bike lanes on most of the city streets), won't really be commuting but definitely could see myself tooling around 10-15 miles on weekends for a good workout, and primarily will use my bike for that purpose -- fun and exercise (aren't we all?)
My question is -- how do I choose between the various options? What to look at for a first bicycle; and as a beginner living in a big city, what are the main features I should look for?