Since I moved, I thought about getting a bike. We have so many great trail systems out here. But the biggest thing holding me back was money, second was what would I use the bike for? Road? Mountain? I kept going back and forth. My friends who newly became obsessed with biking told me to get a good bike, its worth the money. Then you have all the accessories and attire....it was just too much. Winter rolled around and I forgot about the idea of wanting a bike. Spring came and I was so busy adjusting to working again. Summer almost ended by the time I maybe figured out what I wanted.
I wanted a mountain bike...until I was in Steamboat Springs and I saw mountain biking in action. The following weekend I went biking shopping. I ended up with a hybrid, exactly what I didn't want. But I didn't want to commit to road or dirt. The hybrid is in the middle. Who would have thought that my 'new' fear of commitment would spread to bikes too?
I ended up with a Giant/Liv Alight 1. It is nice and light and comfortable "city" bike. Great if I want to commute, but it can handle some dirt too.
It's been 14 years since I road a bike...and my last experience was tough hills in Vermont I wasn't ready for that sort of scared me from biking again...even though I set up my bike as a recumbent bike for a few months. Anyway, the point is I needed to ease into it this time so I wouldn't be turned against it.
My first ride was 3 miles, then 6 then 13 then 15. There were a few areas with softer dirt/rocky and my bike really struggled but if I want to pursue that type of cycling in the future...it is still an option.
I met up with several people from craigslist for a bike rack and tension bars or whatever they are called and got 'deals' well, as far as not paying full price. I spent a lot of time researching the platform racks vs the arm racks...and went with the arm racks only because I wanted the option of toting along more than 2 bikes....which might be a rare occurrence, but you never know.