General Cycling Discussion - Can you help me find a bike?
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04-06-10, 11:50 AM
Not sure if this is the spot for this, but I've tried visiting a few bike shops and no one is particularly helpful. I'm new to the sport. I always loved biking, but have never really gotten very involved and have lived abroad in a city where bicycling is near impossible (Delhi, India). I've just moved to what seems a great biking city: D.C. I'd like a bike that's primarily for getting from point A to point B, mainly on flat roads, perhaps a few slight uphills, but nothing major. I'd like my bike to be my primary mode of transportation. I don't want to add another car to our already clogged roads. I grew up with beach cruisers and they seem simple and comfortable, but I'm having trouble finding any in D.C. Are there any suggestions you all have for a good type of bike for me? I really appreciate it!! I've been lurking around the site and hope to get to know bikes better. Thanks!!
04-06-10, 04:03 PM
What is your budget?
For all around cycling, you probably want something more focused than a beach cruiser, something with more cargo capability.
Specialized's Globe Haul 1 (http://www.globebikes.com/us/en/globe/GlobeBike.jsp?pid=10HAUL1) is about $600.00
There are a lot of others in this class.
Primary transportation? Something like this (Jamis Coda series) should work for any type of riding.
04-07-10, 03:22 PM
I wouldn't call DC a "great biking city". An "okay biking city", perhaps. I live near DC and for a while my girlfriend lived in the city - theft was an issue. Not so bad as many other cities, but (for example) she got her skewers stolen. And the bike lanes are few - I recall Q street having one (?), but I narrowly escaped being doored three times in one day.
Sounds like the thing you're looking for is a hybrid or a cruiser. Either of the ones posted would work fine. Be sure to ride the bike you're about to buy before handing over money. Also, if there's a choice between shop A and shop B, and shop A has prices that are worse by fifteen or twenty bucks but shop B will spend time watching you ride, making suggestions, and adjusting sizing - go with shop B. Fit/etc. are essential.
Finally, there is at least one co-op in DC (probably more than one.) If you have more time than money, and/or have a desire to really know what makes your bike tick,* a co-op would be worth looking into. They generally have a setup by which you volunteer hours fixing bikes and earn parts by doing so, until after a while you have both a full working bike and a full working knowledge of bicycle repair.
*If your bike is ticking, it's probably the freewheel mechanism.
04-07-10, 05:37 PM
Thanks so much! I don't have much money, sadly. Was hoping to find something around $300 or less, so the co-op sounds like a good idea. I'll look into that. DC is a great biking city compared to Delhi... No bike lanes. No sidewalks. Sharing bike space with smoke-blowing trucks. This city seems like a dream in comparison!
I forgot to mention that there are several commuter/utility/recreational cyclists in the DC area who post in the Southeast Regional subforum (http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdisplay.php?f=234) (DC and Virginia folks) and the Northeast Regional subforum (http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdisplay.php?232-Northeast) (DC and Maryland folks). Maybe they can offer some helpful advice.
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