Buy any bike you see. It doesn’t matter. Buy it because it gleams in the light in a shop run by guys you don’t really like but who seem to know what they’re doing. Buy it because it’s a good deal. Buy it because it’s supposed to fit that way. Buy it because some guy who says he rides a lot says it’s a good one. Lift it up by the top tube. Squeeze the brake levers. Take it outside and in the parking lot during those first pedal strokes, tell yourself how great it feels. But also tell yourself not to worry, that everything will feel better once you’re used to it. Pack the bike into your car and drive it home. Never think too much about this.
— My advice on how to choose a bike
Excellent advice from Bill Strickland.