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    So confused.....

    New member here and I would truely appreciate any input anyone could offer. I currently have a fairly new KHS hybrid bicycle that for whatever reason is just not comfortable to me. I have decided maybe a 'comfort style' bike would be more suitable for my older (49 yoa) and chubbier stage of life and recently had the opportunity to try the Giant Suede. I fell in love. Although the pricetag is probably on the lower end of the scale for die hard biking enthusiasts, it is a substantial amount for me. I will justify the price if necessary, but I want to know that I have exhausted all other avenues/brands. I did see KHS makes a 'comfort' model that is a little less. I guess I am asking for any advice someone could offer that would help me with this dilemma. Thanks in advance.

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    What isn't comfortable? I'd try to determine if your current bike can be fitted to work for you. If the frame is the right size for you, there are many things that can be swapped out to make it fit you better and be more comfortable.

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    Might not be the bike, might be the fit, or the frame size.

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    Like others have said, it might be the frame size, it might be the height of the handlebars, it might be the seat...take it to the LBS and hae them fit it for you. (They really should have already done this.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by referee54 View Post
    Like others have said, it might be the frame size, it might be the height of the handlebars, it might be the seat...take it to the LBS and hae them fit it for you. (They really should have already done this.)

    Tim C.
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    Even if you have to pay for a fit, it is cheaper than a new bike.

    The Suede is a nice bike I am thinking about getting one for the wife. She test rode one and loved it. Thats the first bike she has said something positive about. She doesn't like to ride much.

    Just guessing but I bet the Suede is more upright than your KHS and is probably what you like about it. You could get a nice saddle (Brooks...) and an adjustable headset for your KHS and get to a more upright position.
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    thanks for all your replies.....

    I truely do appreciate them. I went to the LBS this weekend, and as most of you thought, the frame is too small. In anticipation of the news, I have somewhat narrowed down my choices. I have rode them, I have read about them, and I am starting to drive everyone around me crazy about them. If anyone would be kind enough to give me any thoughts, I would be once again so greatful. I realize I might be comparing apples to oranges, but these were the ones I felt were the most comfortable. Remember, anything you could share that might help me make this decision would be great.

    Globe Carmel
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    Electra Townie

    I have an Electra Townie 21D. I'm 48 and have had back surgery and it is great. The seat takes some getting used to. When it wasn't rainining continuously I was doing 8-10 miles a day. I know REI sells them for about $80 less than my bike shop. They have or at least had a 15% off. Have fun.

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    If you are looking to do the upgrade on the cheap why not discuss the possibilities of buying a larger frame from the LBS and having them swap the componets over?

    You won't be disapointed with an Electra. They are very sharp looking bikes and look oh so comfortable!

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