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Need advice: Simple & rugged bicycle for a 35-year-old newbie

I am planning to get rid of my motorcycle, replace it with a scooter that everyone in the family can use and get a bicycle for myself.

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Hi Team-BHP,

I am about 35 years old and planning to pick a new bicycle. If things work out, I am planning to get rid of my motorcycle, replace it with a scooter that everyone in the family can use and get a bicycle for myself. However, I have no idea about bicycles. The only ones that I know are from my childhood ( Hero/Hercules ).

My primary concerns are:

It should be a simple, rugged machine. Preference is for non-geared MTB/ATB, although I am not sure how practical that would be

Needs to have a decent suspension to combat challenging roads.

I took a look at a couple of Trek bikes and the cost gave me a mild shock. Visited other sites and I am more confused than before.

Are there any good beginner bikes that meet the criteria?

Here's what BHPian Aditya had to say about the matter:

Hi,

Welcome to the world of cycling. It's a brilliant sport and one can easily get hooked on to it.

You really don't need suspension on city roads. All those cheap suspensions are useless anyway and only added weight to the bike, which makes you less efficient. An MTB with an acceptable Rockshox / SR Suntour (XCM and above) suspension will not be cheap.

Anyone coming to cycling after being disconnected from it for a long time is bound to get a shock looking at the prices. Bikes from reputed international brands cost a bomb. But, the difference between these bikes and cheap ones such as Hero / Hercules is evident after just one ride.

If you are really looking to pay the amount required for a Trek / Scott / Fuji , etc. look at the Decathlon range of bikes. The RC100 Flatbar is a great choice. It is fairly light and has a simple frame and drivetrain. It has 32 mm tyres, which is exactly what you need. Read the review by BHPian brt_mhn.

Another bike you can consider is the Firefox Rapide.

If you are open to the idea of purchasing a used bicycle, go through the marketplace section of websites like Cyclop. You'll find some good deals there.

Whatever bike you go for, be sure to get the right size and a bike fit.

I would not recommend non-geared bikes.

Here's what BHPian comfortablynumb had to say about the matter:

Riverside 120 from Decathlon could be a good choice as a beginner-geared bike for you.

A friend bought one last year when he was in a similar situation, and has been very happy with his purchase.

Here's what BHPian condor had to say about the matter:

Check if you can borrow a cycle or two from friends, and ride them a couple of days each. There are different models, and you may like one model over the other. Trials at decathlon etc aren't practical since you won't have the space or freedom to check your comfort on each model. Once you have decided on the type, then look for options in that.

I have seen people, including myself, who picked up a cycle and then haven't used it much. Recently, my BiL mentioned about a cycle for his son. I asked him to pick mine for at least a trial use. My nephew used it for 1-2 days, that too just a bit, and it's sitting there. It is a BTwin 7x3.

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