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Looking for the motivation to get started? Find someone to ride with, come up with reasons to ride (i.e., recreation, exercise, etc), track your progress & set goals for yourself.



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Here's a great link to website that will help you teach kids how to ride a bike. For older folks, here's a website designed specifically for you: Bicycle-Riding-For-Boomers.com.



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The Who, When, Where, Why & How of Getting Started

One of the most important parts of cycling starts with finding the right bike.  A large part of your decision will depend on where and how you want to ride.  For those who want to ride off-road trails, a mountain bike will be what you want to consider.  For those who may want to ride on the road, with an occasional dirt or gravel-paved surface, a hybrid bike might work best for you.  For those who wish to ride exclusively on paved surfaces, and want speed, a road bike would be you would want to look at.  There are even more types and variations of bicycles to meet the specific needs, interests & desired uses of the cyclist. You can learn even more about the different types of bikes that you can get by going to http://www.ebicycles.com. One helpful source, when looking for a bike, (or for equipment & gear), is to also take a look at reviews, like at http://www.bicycling.com/gearfinder, which should really help guide you in your decision-process.

gettingstarted7aOther than determining the right type of bike, the other most important thing that you want to consider when buying a bike is that it is the correct fit for you.  This is especially true for road bikes.  Choosing the right size bike means you will ride more comfortably, with less pain, and you will ride more efficiently and not waste as much energy on the long distance rides.  Your body type and your measurements (inseam, arm length, and height) will help to determine what bike frame will work best for you.


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Aside from looking for a bike that is the right size, you can also find one that is made for your fitness level and riding experience. With those things in mind, it is always a good idea to do your research before heading to the store, and then ask a lot of questions once you are there. (Click here for local bike shops).
With the exception of road bikes, the price range for a new bike will often vary from a couple hundred to under a thousand dollars. (Click here for the Consumer Reports Bike Buying Guide).

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The price for a new road bike will often start at around a thousand dollars unless you can find one that is used.  When buying a road bike, the best advice is to consider purchasing one that is at the top end of your budget.  Cheaper bikes tend to be heavier and are not made for speed.  If you are willing to spend up to & beyond $1,000.00, you will get a much higher quality road bike and it will be a good investment and one you will likely not regret over time. (Click here for the average price range for bikes). 

gettingstarted4a The last thing to think about when you are looking to buy a road bike is what it, & the frame, are made out of.  Steel or aluminum frame bikes are affordable, but they are some of the heaviest bikes that are available on the market and this would be a definite drawback on the longer rides.  Road bikes that have frames that are made of carbon fiber and/or titanium are more expensive than others, but they are much better and preferred by the more serious cyclists.  The carbon fiber bikes are extremely light and this is a great selling point for most people especially when they are going on the long distance rides.

After you decide what you want and need in a bike, you have plenty of options on where you can get it, especially if you're not in a hurry to get your hands on one immediately. And, if you are not set on buying a new bike, you can often get a good deal on a used one from someone wanting to upgrade to a new one themselves. As for buying a new bike, you can search for one over the Internet, but most cyclists would probably recommend that you go to a local bike shop instead since that gives you the opportunity to test ride the bikes and see what sort of bike works best for you.  One other consideration that you have to also factor in when you buy on-line is the cost of shipping & a return policy should cyclingimage4ayou get the bike and not like it.  There is also a lot to be said for the face-to-face interaction that you get when you buy from a local bike shop and, when you go there, you are helping support the local economy and jobs in your area.

Here are some links that might be of interest to new cyclists:
http://www.treadmillreviews.net/a-beginners-guide-to-healthy-cycling/ and http://sheldonbrown.com/beginners.html.
And finally, if you're just getting started in cycling, here is a link to an effective cycling course for riding in traffic. It is shown from the cyclists perspective & the basic premise of it is that if you act like a car, the cars will know what you're going to do. Here is the link to the first of 3 videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFjCza5e1kw.