I want to start off by stating I AM the epitome of a noob; I have never owned my own bike. I promised myself last winter I would get my bike license. So last week I got my learner's and I'm completely stoked on getting my first bike. However, the girlfriend is adamant that I get gear before I start shopping around for a bike. As of right now, I have not so much as a helmet. Any suggestions or points of caution?? I want to have good gear to learn in. What's the essential gear to have? I have a limited budget, but I'm definitely willing to lay down a few extra bills, after all it's my life I'm investing in isn't it?
How much should I be budgeting?
Thanks for all your input!