By Rob Pegoraro
Washington Post Staff Writer
March 26, 1999
The trick with cycling sites is separating the hard-core sites where it's assumed that you bike 200 or 300 miles in a week from those aimed at more recreational users. These sites are more geared toward entry-level cyclists but still offer something for riders who log more miles on two wheels than on four.
BICYCLING MAGAZINE'S BIKEFINDER
So you want a bike? Start at this immensely helpful site, which collects data on nearly every bicycle made (but not "house" brands such as REI's), then quizzes you on your interests starting with stuff as basic as "where do you ride?" and finally generates a short list of suitable bikes.
WASHINGTON D.C.'s URBAN ATB PAGE
So you want to go somewhere on that bike? Gaithersburg cyclist James Menzies maintains this collection of suggested local rides, complete with maps, cue sheets and most useful to beginners notes on the amount of hills you'll encounter. There's also a good set of century-length (100-mile) rides here.
HARRIS CYCLERY ARTICLES
Indulge gearhead inclinations at this set of how-to articles by the staff of Harris Cyclery, a bike shop in Massachusetts. The most useful thing here is the glossary of cycling terms; more technically inclined readers can use author Sheldon Brown's discussions on tire sizes or adjusting cantilever brakes.
REC.BICYCLES' FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
This Frequently Asked Questions file, compiled by members of the rec.bicycles newsgroups, contains a long, somewhat confusing list of answers and explanations. Try starting toward the top, where, for instance, a "Do I really need to look that goofy?" heading leads to a brief discourse on biking shorts.
WABA LOCAL LINKS
The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (pronounced "waba") keeps this short list of D.C.-area bike links, which includes traffic regulations, news coverage, local bike shops, trail-safety hints, suggestions for extended rides and more.
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