First bike purchase

Hi friends. I’d really like a bicycle, but don’t quite know where to start. If you know of any great guides on types of bicycles and stuff like that, that would be much appreciated. Thanks!

As a bike shop employee, the first question I always ask a person such as yourself is: What kind of riding do you want to do? Getting exercise on multi-user paths? Self-supported road touring? Bikepacking? Commuting to work? Running grocery errands and such? Downhill mountain biking?

The use case(s) determine(s) the category(ies) of bikes that you should consider.

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