.Okay…. so I’m looking to get into riding a bicycle again…. after about 40-some years. I had a doctor’s exam last month and he said I had all good numbers and the weight was looking better than ever, all the blood work came back in great shape except one. My glucose is still elevated but cut in half after six months of my watching and taking better care of myself. So, I decided I wanted to ride again and went out looking at bicycles. Holy Toledo…… have bicycles changed since I last had one. Actually, I still have my 27” 10-speed Ross. I bought it new 40 years ago and the guy said it would cost about $150 to $200 to tune it up and get it back to new again. So, I looked around his shop and saw bikes starting at about $350 up to in the many of $1,000’s. I saw one I liked and it had caliper brakes, all kinds of shock absorbers and fancy schmancy gears and super light weight. Cost was $900. I liked everything about it. Got home and the Goddess asked if I was outa my head ?? A frickin’ bike for $1,000.00……. you gotta be kidding me !! So, after the swelling around my head went down and the ringing in my ears stopped, I was given instructions by one of the guys at work and another friend to look at K-Marts and Wal-Mart’s for similar bikes that cost far less. Point being, there are cruisers, mountain, hybrid and then they’re broken down even further within their own categories…… I’m totally lost. Anyone have good ideas or pointers about an old beginner getting back into it ?? I used to ride all the time in all kinds of weather from about 6 or 7 years old up to about 20 or so. At the moment, I don’t intend to do 40 and 50 mile rides. Perhaps on a Saturday or Sunday, I might go for a nice ride, but for the most part, I just want to ride up and down hills around my home without much stress and still get good exercise. Maybe 45 minutes to an hour every other day. I’m thinking along the lines of about 21 or so gears in a hybrid might be my cup-a-tea. In case this thing is just a phase, I really don’t want to spend $1,000 on a bike yet. I figure get one of these cheapies and graduate maybe next Spring if I keep at it and then go for a really nice one. Oh…. and I’m not gonna wear those spandexie shorts. I can’t stand that chit. So…….. how ‘bout you bike riders out there ?? Any input ?? Gino Those with motors on their bikes can reply, but I made a solemn oath many years ago to myself, I would never own a motorcycle. I've had too many relatives and friends hurt or killed on them and I'd be no different. I won't temp fate on one of those. I did them for about 5 or 6 years.... even raced them back in the 60's, but knew I was too wild for one. I'm sticking to a pedal your own way around deal.