Recreational & Family - Need Advice About Hybrid Bike Purchase
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Hello, Kind Bike Enthusiasts...i Need A Little Advice. I Am Replacing A 15 Year Old Bianchi Road Bike, Which I Can No Longer Ride Without Headaches, Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain. I Just Want Something Easy To Ride, Which Will Give Me The Most Upright Posture Possible, For Recreational Neighborhood Rides With My Daughter, Errands Close By, Etc.
My Lbs Is Pushing The Trek 7200 (cost $370, Which They Claim Is A Fantastic Price), And I Know You Get What You Pay For In Terms Of Components, But I Don't Think I Need 24 Gears, Speed, Etc. I Have Tried The Bike A Few Times, And End Up With Neck Pain/headache. I Think My Body Is Telling Me This Is Not The Bike For Me - I Have To Lean Forward Somewhat To Ride It, Creating The Strain. I Can't Get A Truly Comfortable Position On It.
Can Anyone Steer Me Towards Other Bikes I Could Try Which Might Be Better Suited To The Kind Of "relaxed" Riding I Will Be Doing? Don't Need Anything Flashy, Fast, Or High-tech, Just A Really Comfortable Bike For Pure Enjoyment. A Bike I Will Love To Ride, Rather Than Avoiding It Because I Don't Want To Have Pain From It. Any Assistance Much Appreciated!! I Just Think The Hybrids May Not Be The Best Choice, And The Lbs Seem To Really Push The Trek And Specialized Hybrids....thanks So Much For The Help!!
Buy a cruiser bike. Upright seating, classic handlebars, available in 1, 3, 6, 7, or 8 speeds, coaster or hand brakes (depending on model), etc. Many opt for 7-speeds for more gearing flexibility but it still keeps things simple and fun.
Just a few links for you to look at:
http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/bikes/lifestyle/601/ or http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/bikes/women/589/
I just bought a Giant Simple 7 ($300) cruiser style bike. Can't tell you much about how it feels on long rides yet because it comes in this week. It's 7 gears (although there is a Simple model with one gear & coaster brakes). It's longer overall than the hybrid models like Trek Navigator or Giant Sedona or Cypress and seems to set lower to the ground. Cruisers are meant more for slower pedaling and relaxed stance. The handle bars are more swept back. I tried the Trek Navigator and Giant Sedona and still felt too high up and bent forward. There are other bikes to try with pedals forward (placed in the middle of the two wheels rather than right under the seat post). Those type bikes are supposed to let you plant your feet flat on the ground when you stop. You are closer to the ground. Those might be your style too. There are Electra Townies, Giant Suede, Trek Pure, Breezer Freedom, etc. There are also the Coasting series (Raleigh Coasting, Trek Lime, Giant Suede) http://www.coasting.com/publish/content/coasting/sac/en/home/productsmain/bikesselector.html that shift for you but are more expensive than the basic bikes. Keep looking and hold out for something you love.
04-17-07, 06:37 AM
The Trek Navagator series might fit your bill. Confort and upright. Ask your Trek dealer to ride one. My daughter has one, if you want comfy this is it.
Thank You All So Much For All The Great Advice!! I Really Appreciate It. Any Other Thoughts, Just Feel Free To Chime In. I Have Some More Research To Do, And Lots Of Non-hybrids To Test. You Are All A Great Resource. Happy Biking!
04-25-07, 05:14 AM
The 7200 has an adjustable stem...you should be able to get as upright on it as you can on a comfort bike or cruiser. Ask the LBS to adjust the stem to the full upright position. The advantage to the hybrids is the narrower tires and larger 700c wheels. You'll roll much easier on one than you will on something with wider tires. As far as having too many gears goes...well, none of us use all our gears on every ride. I tell customers who don't want a lot of gears that the Gear Police won't repossess their bike if they only use four or five most of the time. But only you can tell which bike is right for you...test ride, test ride, test ride! Good luck!
04-25-07, 09:08 AM
Take a look at bikes like the Bianchi Milano, Trek Pure, Trek Lime, Giant Suede, etc. that has a Shimano Nexus or Coasting hub. The Nexus hub is 3 or 8 speeds and you shift by turning the handgrip while the Coasting hub is an automatic transmission. There are also bikes that have just a 7-speed rear derailleur. I've ridden the Milano a few times and it's a lot of fun, looks cool, shifts VERY nicely, and did I mention how cool it looks? It uses the Nexus 8-speed rear hub.
Cruisers are comfortable but heavy and slow; the above bikes are also comfortable but faster because they have narrower tires.
My wife had the Trek 7100 that came with an adjustable stem. You can sit perfectly upright on the bike if you want. The Navigator is a comfort bike, meaning your feet can touch the ground without leaving the saddle and you sit upright. Trek even has an optional backrest for the saddle.
04-25-07, 11:51 AM
You could save a bit of money by ditching the drop bars and putting North Road bars on your current bike. It would probably give you the riding position you desire and cost a lot less. You will need to replace the brake levers and cables. You can get the parts from a bike you find at a thrift store, garage sale or anywhere else. You could also buy new parts and it would still be much cheaper than a new bike.
04-25-07, 02:21 PM
04-25-07, 02:30 PM
Hi, I'm female, mid 40's, I suffer from neck, back, shoulder, leg and hip pain...have had two back surgeries, and car accident, and now 'Fibromyalgia'...I used to ride all the time, had to give it up some years ago due to the intense pain it caused in my neck, shoulders and wrists. Two years ago I discovered the Giant Revive bike, this bike is very ergonomic, you sit upright, it has a back rest for those hill climbs, and there is no weight placed on the hands and arms, this bike is extremely adjustable, stable, lighter than a cruiser, (those things do weigh a ton.) It's an 8 speed, and meant for city rides. I did take it off road once, (trail and water ride) that was dumb. This is a really FUN bike, it is a joy to ride, the most comfortable bike I've ever ridden, and unlike a full recumbant, you can get on it right away and just go. It FLIES downhill, too much fun at times. When stopped, both feet are planted firmly on the ground, unlike a 'regular' bike where just your toes should be touching. The seat is very comfortable, none of the saddle sore stuff that happens at the beginning of the season. Hope this helps. saraboo
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