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    Quote Originally Posted by Sullalto View Post
    I am!

    How come they don't make big mixte/step-through bikes? Screw stand-over and top tubes close to my crotch and the swing mount onto the saddle. I want to just step through, rise up off my heels and slide onto the saddle.

    I'd totally ride a 'girl' bike. But I'm 6'3" and they don't come that big.
    hard to make a step through frame both strong and light? Just a thought.

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    Alright there, NurseWizzle!

    Tell your wife to loosen up those purse strings and load one of these into your vehicle:

    AT 1 MTB @ $250 - 30% = $175

    AT 1 29er MTB @ $280 - 30% = $196

    The mountain bikes above can both be found at Nashbar @ www.nashbar.com
    Today only take 30% off!

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    Quote Originally Posted by exile View Post
    Budget wise it sounds like you will be looking for used bikes. I am not sure of your price range but looking at the Cedar Rapids Craigslist this caught my eye: Panasonic Pro touring 1985 bio pace 18 speed. If it fits and within your price range I think it would be a nice balance between speed, comfort, and durability.

    The other options looked to be Hardtail mountain bikes that would offer some similar qualities as the bike mentioned above (with some modifications). I am not sure about your area but there may be some bike shops that sell used or perhaps some co-ops.
    Drool, drool, drool...

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    OK, I don't know anything about Panasonic bikes, I only have heard of the electronics. Would a bike like that hold 330 lbs, assuming its not damaged in any way? Is $175 a good price?
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    my vote is for the panasonic.... they did not list a size, but eyeballing the picture it looks like it would fit a 5' 8' person


    Panasonics were really nice bikes, very well made. This was considered a high end touring model

    This is touring so you will get a little stronger frame (so really no worries about 330 on the frame), stronger wheels and cantilever brakes. it has fenders and a rack...so it would also be a good commutter

    Bike value is totally by market but $175 does not look bad, it will probably need new tires and tubes, possibly break pads

    this bike would have been from around 1982 to 1989 roughly (because it has bio pace)

    The shifters are down tube....no big deal in my mind and may or may not be indexed, again not a huge problem

    you could get this bike and then in the future decide what if you want to upgrade or get a newer bike.

    it would be good to learn how to work on bikes.....much cheaper... a few bucks on basic tools and you are set

    look at Park Tool Co. ParkTool Blog for really good basic info



    ...my guess is the fame is a 19 or 21"


    frame sizing is odd

    Road bikes were measured from center of the bottom bracket to top of seat tube.... high end and euoropean bikes measured in CM

    Many of the bike boom japanese bikes were measured in inches ie 19, 21, 23, 25, 27 23" is close ti 58 cm

    then mountain bikes came around and brought out new measurements so a 17 or 19 in a mtn bike is not the same as a 17 or 19 in a road bike

    and now many road bikes have a sloping top tube and longer seat post which complicates the 'classic' measurement.

    and further complication is some bikes are now small, medium, large etc. with minimal consistency between brands
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    I'm not even going to read the thread. I'm just gonna say yes.

    N+1.

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    Well, my wife said no on a bike right now. But she didn't tell me I couldn't get new tires. So I just went to the bike shop and had some road tires put on. I could tell just pushing the bike out of the shop that it was easier to push. And I could definitely tell a difference riding. I got up to 24.2 mph in the one little section, which I could NEVER do before!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NurseWizzle View Post
    Well, my wife said no on a bike right now. But she didn't tell me I couldn't get new tires. So I just went to the bike shop and had some road tires put on. I could tell just pushing the bike out of the shop that it was easier to push. And I could definitely tell a difference riding. I got up to 24.2 mph in the one little section, which I could NEVER do before!
    Yeeaaaay for NurseWizzle!

    Go NurseWizzle!..Go NurseWizzle!...Go NurseWizzle!



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    Hopefully the change in tires will help. Tires, pedals, grips, and a saddle are the changes most of us make to improve riding experience. You can usually switch those components to different bikes if you do decide to change in the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by exile View Post
    Hopefully the change in tires will help. Tires, pedals, grips, and a saddle are the changes most of us make to improve riding experience. You can usually switch those components to different bikes if you do decide to change in the future.
    Tell me more about pedals and grips for my Townie... I thought a pedal was a pedal...
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    For my main commuting bike I have a pair of MKS Lambda pedals which are both wider and longer than the previous wellgo pedals I had. Since I ride in sneakers they are more comfortable due to the larger surface area.

    For my Hardtail mountain bike I have the Ergon GS2 grips. They help keep my wrist in a more comfortable position when riding.
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