Hello everyone. I'm new to the board and here for advice. I am closing on 60 (too fast) and slightly overweight. Doc won't let me ride yet due to knee/hip issues but I think therapy has it whipped and I can get his approval soon.
I haven't had a bike in , well I think the Cubs won the world series when I last rode. (Sorry Cubs fans not that funny eh?) My only experience on 2 wheels is cycle classes in the gym (which kick my ass BTW and actually only have one wheel) and the occasional mototaxi in Thailand when liquor gets the better of my self preservation instinct.
I recently moved to Scottsdale and am surrounded by sidewalk trails parallel to the road so I can start easy. I am near a lot of desert and I assume some bike trails there as well.
My interest is simple. I wish to have a bike for exercise outside as I think it might make me challenge myself more. I have a little cash and am willing to spend to get the right gear for someone not looking to race. So I don't need unobtanium parts. What I need is - I don't know. Shocks front AND back? 29er? Brand names that are good? A decent bike shop near Scottsdale or Fountain Hills? If I have a good bike shop I assume I can trust them to fit me and not oversell me on what I need so that would be a great start.
I guess I need to read the section on trail riding etiquette as well. As a golfer it maddens me to see people who don't understand etiquette on the course so I don't want to be guilty of it on the trails.
Thanks for the board and thanks for any advice you more experienced riders can offer.
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