So you have made the decision that you want to be one of those people. You know; those tight-shorted, mean, focused looking, driven cyclists that you see when you are out and about.
You may even want to be one of those fly by the seat of their pants really cool and fun looking mountain bikers that remind you of a mountain dew commercial from the 90’S (god I miss those!).
Where to start. The bike obviously.
I recommend spending as little as possible for the best quality as possible. Keep it under $500 for sure! Trek Bikes. come says of their beginner mountain bikes ranging from $350.00 to $2000 to $3000.
You can look up some good beginner bikes and try to find them on ebay, amazon, craigslist or your local garage sales.
Do the same for road bikes.
Get a decent helmet and the day you do that; learn the laws for people on bikes in your state. Be humble and understand that you may not know some critical safety measures such as hand signals at times and which direction to be biking in. You also need to know what the laws are about reflectors, clothing, flashing lights, lights in general and any other small details of biking life that you don’t want to get in trouble for. Here you will also find little known safety facts that you would not have thought of.
Depending on how clumsy you are, get some knee and elbow pads. It is totally up to you but I know me and I just take my chances (probably not the smartest thing to do for mountain biking).
I will tell you that my fifty something year old mother in law to be simply stepped down off a bike at a hard angle off a curb that was a few inches taller than she had anticipated and shattered her tibia recently. So air on the side of caution, especially if you have any bone density issues like osteoporosis or and auto immune disorder that may weaken bones.
I say this beacase just like in life, chances are that you are going to fall at some point. You do not want to start your biking experience with a really bad injury that makes you stop for awhile. This is especially because, if you are like me in this fast-paced society, you may not go back to biking if laid up out of it as a bigginer for too long. How many times do we start thngs and not finish them?