A few tips for new cyclists

Updated: May 23, 2012, 11:30 AM ET
By Kathryn Bertine

In 1999, I bought my first road bike. It was a used, grad-student-budget-friendly $400 Quintana Roo, and the previous owner put a sticker on the top tube of the frame near the handlebar stem. I liked the pretty purple daisy; it made the bike seem friendly and less intimidating.

A week later, the truth blossomed. The sticker was covering a giant crack, which I discovered when my bike suddenly felt bouncy in the middle of a training ride. At first, the bouncy feeling felt ...

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