Bike Tip #1
If you don't open the door to your garage and swoon when you see your bike, get a new one . . .now. Visit your local bike shop and then visit a few more. Test ride, ask questions, understand and explain the conditions you will be riding in and on. How much do you plan to ride? Will you be riding the daily grind or simply weekends if the sun is out, wind is under 10 mph and the lawn is mowed. Understand your body. Get the bike sized to fit you and gather up the gear that would make your ride awesome and safe. Devote some time to the pursuit of excellence, and invest in something awesome.
I have two bikes, both made by Gazelle in the Netherlands. My primary bike is my Tour Populair, three speed. I take her back and forth to work, stopping for groceries most days. She has headlights, taillights, mud flap, fenders, pannier rack, steel frame, hand and coaster brakes. And she has weight, a lot of weight. But my commute is, for the most part, flat and she is smooth and luxurious. Should everyone go get one? No. They are very hard to find in the US. (See distributor below for more information.) I brought mine home from Germany. But she is perfect for me as I ride in nearly any weather, at nearly any time, carrying nearly everything. I'm basically a Minute Man with a bike. I hear the call and I'm out the door.
My secondary bike is the Van Stael. He has fenders, coaster brakes, hand brakes, seven speed, steel frame, headlights, taillights, front rack and he is half the weight of my daily ride which makes him fast. I take him out when I'm not both making the bacon and bringing it home with me. He is a new addition, and a sweet, sensitive ride. Again, should you go get one? No. But he fills the hole in my ride options brilliantly.
What should you get? Exactly what you want. Make it fit your body, your budget, your ride, your route, your weather and your style.
And made it elicit one reaction when you reach the front door with helmet in hand . . .swoon . . . .
Recommended Gazelle distributor in the US Aika Trading.