- The one area to splurge on is fit – a $200 bike that fits you perfectly beats a $5,000 bike that does not. If you buy from Walmart, you can pay a bike shop to fit it to you.
- I’d avoid Craigslist unless you know exactly what you want.
- Agreeing with those who advise losing the suspension elements – keep it simple for pavement.
- Buy a pump, chain lube and replacement tubes – I see bikes in stuck in garages for lack of basic provisions.