Hi! I am brand spanking new to these forums, although I have done a lot of reading and lurking and have been looking for a bike for about a year. I've been on a weight loss/exercise journey for three years now, so I've conquered my fear of running and 5ks and even did two half-marathons (mostly walking). Now I am ready to buy a bike and conquer that fear as well!
I was a great rider as a kid, on my ten speed from the 1980's, but I've not ridden as an adult. The friends I knew who rode were at levels far above me - 50 mile races, riding down ski mountains - and couldn't offer much support or guidance. Truth be told, I'm nervous and trepidatious about speed, and riding altogether. But I want to be able to go out with my 6 year old and cruise around the neighborhood, and bring the bikes out to the beach and ride along the boardwalk or pavement. (We live in suburban NJ near the ocean.)
I think my best bet is a cruiser, but I want one with hand brakes and my husband thinks an aluminum frame would be better (he's worried about a heavy bike on slight hills - doesn't want me to get discouraged!) It seems these do exist, and I love the way the cruiser handles arch up - less scary to me than the "real" bikes you all ride!
As the experts - do you have suggestions? Not just brands, but what else to look for. I am favoring the Electra Coaster 7D. I tried one in the fall and liked it. Also, are there size considerations with cruisers? I see the information on road bikes but didn't know if anyone that applied. I'm 36 yrs old, 215lbs, and 5'7".
Thanks so much!