Here are a few tips to get started:
- Purchase a used bike and rack from your neighborhood bike shop. These independently owned stores are THE most knowledgeable and typically the most friendly compared to the big box stores (they REALLY love bikes!).
- OR: Take the bike you own to the shop and ask for a “tune-up.” This is essential for ensuring a safe and enjoyable ride. This will generally cost around $45-$75 or more if the bike is in rough shape.
- Go to http://www.traillink.com/stateactivity/ct-bike-trails.aspx or http://www.trails.com/toptrails.aspx?area=10266 to find a range of great rides
- Start slow and easy. Go for shorter distances first and build your way up. Rail trails are the best for beginners while country back roads are for moderate to advanced riders.
- ALWAYS wear a helmet and drink plenty of water along the way
- Read a basic cyclist guide to learn essential rules of the road and pro tips. Here are a few: http://yieldtolife.org/tips/cyclists