Hey, I'm looking into buying a bicycle, but I honestly don't know the first things to look for while shopping. As a 5'9" male, what is the typical size I should be looking at. What brands are good?
I understand the get what you pay for, but I don't know what I'm paying for. What types of things should I look for? If I go to a bike shop, what kinds of questions should I be asking?
I'm looking for a bit of everything. So riding to work, riding to the gym, to the store, etc.. So on different kinds of pavement. Add that I'd be interested in doing some off road as well. Based on this, I think I'm looking for a mountain bike because it is best on all surfaces, but I understand there are hybrids out there.
Any help would be appreciated.