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04-18-08, 07:01 AM
Hi, I'm Lee, from Canada, and I'm a woman! Not to be confused with other male Lees. :p I don't have my bike yet, thats next month's purchase and I can hardly wait! I still can't make a decision about which bike to get! :( Love at first sight bike or a carefully considered purchase? I can't stop thinking about this one bike I saw, even if it may not be the best bike for my needs. Lol. Really I need a bike for going shopping and around my neighbourhood, but I keep being drawn to this really complicated looking Nakamura Mountain bike. Mostly because of the design. XD Maybe someone have a bike for me that isn't a mountain bike with a similar pretty design.
Anyways, its nice to be here. :)
04-18-08, 07:13 AM
Bikes are like shoes. They need to fit your body.
04-18-08, 07:55 AM
Hi Lee, let's see a photo of the Nakamura...do you think you will ever do any mountain biking? Because if you don't foresee yourself doing that, it may very well be that a different bike might be a better choice :D .
Welcome to BF!
04-18-08, 08:23 AM
Hee hee, this is the bike I fell in love with, at least the design of. It is a bit sporty, and its seat was higher than my hip! (I'm a beanstalk tall 5 foot 4 inches :P La Petite!)
The story: I was at the mall doing my usual browsing of all the stores before deciding where I want to shop, and passed by Sport Chek, a store I don't normally go to, and they had a whole bunch of bikes outside the store. And since I'm in the bike-shopping frame of mind lately in light of spring finally having arrived, I went over just to look.
And saw pretty blue swirly design bike. It was also next to another bike that had like, cherry blossome petal design on it. Probably better for me, and [EDIT: PURPLE] is my favorite color. But still its probably too much for my needs.
Between these two bikes, both by Nakamura, I was sort of, you know, thinking, "Wow, pretty bikes, $129 on sale, and I'm broke!"
Good thing I didn't have the money for a bike then, because I am now falling down from the bike high and looking more at cost/necessity versus pretty. I know I need some sort of front or back basket for it. Since most of the roads I live by are major highways I need lights and a bell, and will probably need to share the road with some a lot of big transport trucks in their big rigs. (I imagine I'll be a terrified little mouse and ride on the sidewalk.) I'll need a helmet and some bike locks since this city has high rates of bike theft. And a travel kit for emergency road repairs. I really should get a cheap cost or used bike. But you know, new bikes are so tempting. :P
04-18-08, 08:32 AM
New bike syndrome :D .
Ok, back to business, now that I have had an opportunity to reflect about purchasing a new bike, and tell myself to knock it off!
Do you really live in an 11th floor apartment? Will you have to lug the bike upstairs with you, or is there a secure place to lock it up on the ground floor?
The Nakamura would do for basic transportation, but it's a bit hard to set up as a commuter, and you don't really need all the suspension on there. A good used bike might very well be a better option for you, especially if you are short money.
Where are you located in Canada?
04-18-08, 09:08 AM
We have three elevators in my building, and we HAVE to keep our bikes in our apartment, we have lots of closet storage space for that. Don't know about the basement parking lot, whether or not it has bike racks, but I'd feel more secure keeping my bike on my back balcony then in a parking lot that anybody in my building (and pretty much the whole community) can access.
I'm in Windsor, Ontario. Big industrial border city, but besides the big highways that are close to my building, and the smog, I also have the second largest parkland in the city right in my neighbourhood and am really close to one of the biggest bike trails. Also Windsor, despite being a big traffic congested city, also has a great network of bike trails, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parks_in_the_city_of_Windsor%2C_Ontario#Bike_Trails Windsor is planning to try and connect all the bike trails together someway in a continuous network and I think this is great for bikers, since there's so much industrial traffic you can't really enjoy recreational biking on the highways, but the trails are awesome!
Gah! Talking about this makes me want a bike really badly now. Good thing I have to wait until next month, which is incidentally my birthday month too. :P Also, another facet to me not being able to get this bike is that sport chek is an hour bus ride across town for me to get to, so no use buying my bike way on the other side of the city and not having a way to get it back other than the bus system. LOL!
Hi, Lee. Both bikes are inexpensive, entry level bikes that would be fun to ride for casual weekend use, but aren't as appropriate for shopping. They are designed with suspension and fat, knobby tires for light off-road or park path recreational riding, but if you were shopping, you'd probably have to carry any groceries in a back pack which would soon suck! If shopping by bike is an important consideration, I'm sure people here can help you find an attractive bike (new or used) that would work better.
04-18-08, 09:57 AM
Yes, you might want to check into the Commuting, or Living Car Free forums. You would almost do better heading across the river into Detroit to take a look at the stuff on the Detroit CL...
04-18-08, 11:44 AM
The second bike you linked to would be better for general use because you could mount a rack on the back. Smoother tires would make the ride more comfortable and faster. I little mirror mounted on the glasses or helmet makes traffic riding a lot less scary.
04-18-08, 02:16 PM
I suppose I could buy a used bike in the style that I need and then get it painted a color I like. :) Or paint it myself, heh. But the second one is really nice too.
The stores around my area all suck. They all sell sports bikes and kids bike, and none of these bikes are designed for women or short people. Just typical! :p I'll have to check out kijiji.ca
Thanks guys! :D
Lee, the main issue with the flashy bike is that the kind of heavy duty suspension it has is intended for riding over rocks, roots and jumps. However, at that low price it's actually not likely to hold up to that kind of intense riding. It probably would be durable enough for your pleasure/utility riding, but you'd be lugging around the extra weight of heavy springs that you didn't really need. Plus you can't easily attach a luggage rack to the front or back because of the suspension.
I know this one (linked below) is a bit more expensive and not as flashy, but it has a rack for carrying stuff, and it would pay for itself soon enough if you shopped with it instead of by car or even bus:
However, if you can get a knowledgeable friend to help you bike shop, you can get a better quality and maybe better looking second hand bike for the same price. My opinion is that you'll be much more comfortable and will ride a little faster on a "rigid" mountain bike with no suspension, or a hybrid. Ideally the bike should have eyelets near the rear axle and behind the seat where a rack can be attached, or you might go 'Euro' and look for one with a front basket.
04-18-08, 05:08 PM
Kona Paddy Wagon with full fenders. Check it out (http://www.konaworld.com/08_paddywagon_c.htm).
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