Hi - posted on the INTRODUCTIONS and 50+ forum; thought I'd drop in and say hi here, as well.
I'm a 53-year old Homeschooling Mom (kids ages 8 & 9), 5' 2" tall (and shrinking), 200 pounds. Just diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes so I'm seriously trying to change my eating habits and sedentry life-style. I've been missing out with the evening and weekend bike rides and some incredible rails-to-trails in this area - my kids tell me all about their adventure and I want to join in the fun.
But since taking a tumble last year off my bike last year, I'm hesitant to get back on a bike. Not to mention my knees and back (and even my hands) just can't take it for very long and it's now hard for me to mount and dismount. I think getting a new mommy style (or grandma style as my kids call it!) bike might be just what the doctor ordered. Literally. She suggested I take up swimming and/or bike riding.
I really like the concept of the crank-forward and low step-thru model bikes. I think being able to stand behind the pedals would give me more confidence and a balanced ride. And of course having the step-thru would make it easier to mount/dismount.
Through my research, I've narrowed my list down to the following three models that I want to take a look at and give a test spin - I was wondering what y'all thought of my choices:
Electra Townie 21d, the Trek Pure, and the Trek Shift Comfort 2 or 3.
Do any of you have experience with any of these bikes? If so, what is your opinion as to the pros? Cons? Any other brands/models I should consider? Like the Raleigh or Specialized?
Thanks in advance!