I'm new to the forums - my name's Chris Turner. Though I used to shoot a practice bow for years, I only recently got into taking an archery class in Halifax. Whether or not I continue to shoot there, I'm absolutely certain I want to become a really good archer on my own time (my Dad got a kid's compound bow for fun at the camp that I shoot for about 5 hours a day when I'm there).
So I'm looking to buy my first bow, and I'd rather use recurves. I've been doing a lot of research online, have called a few places in and around Halifax, and have pretty much settled on the idea of ordering one online. I was going to go with Ebay originally, but it seems like I can get a new one for an equivalent price on Cabela's, and I can at least be fairly certain of quality from there (though one bow there has dodgy reviews in terms of snapping!).
I think I'm going to go with the Vista Sage 62" Take-Down Bow, though I haven't measured my arm length and divided by 2.5 yet (is that right? That's what I've read).
My main question, besides just looking for some general advice, is about poundage. I've used some 30 pound recurves, and I've found that it's really easy for me to pull back the string, and I would have no problem holding it by my face for a prolonged period of time if I wanted to. The Vista Sages start at 45 pounds (out of stock, currently), and go up to 55 pounds. I'm thinking I might just start out at 55 pounds, and if I find it difficult well, I'll get stronger. I'm not adverse to working out, I tend to do that anyway.
So - what's your advice, arching community? =)