Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Bikes, Bikes, Bikes
But I digress.. I'm not writing this post about the politics of bike manufacturers. I'm writing it because I've fallen in love. When I fall in love, I'm not unlike most people. I want everyone to know about my love, understand what it is I see in my love and hopefully, love my love as much as I do. It's no surprise then that I've become the "Bike Doctor" and "Resident Expert" amongst my friends. I'm not going to claim that I deserve those titles; I'm simply enthusiastic about my new hobby and I want to share that enthusiasm.
One of the ways that people let me share my enthusiasm is by asking me for advice on purchasing a new bike. When the first few friends asked me what they should get, I attacked the conversation with fervor and often overwhelmed the audience. Since then I've learned. When it comes to getting into biking, just go buy a bike that you love to ride. Don't over think specs and brands. Don't worry about tubing geometry. You're a beginner. Just simply begin.
Get a used bike. Buy a new bike. Borrow a friend's bike. However you get your hands on some wheels, just do it and join a fun ride. I like www.sjbikeparty.org myself, but there's nothing stopping you from finding a trail and riding today.