Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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One thing I would look at is the frame material. Aluminium will give an aged body a hard time, unless you have ridden aluminium before. I still ride aluminium Mountain bikes, but took out my very old Kona Explosif the other week (Chromoly steel) and I was surprised at how little jarring hit the body. Mind you, If I have a preference right now, it will always be my stiff Aluminin Bianchi for rides, as it does handle better, and climb hills easier. Which was the main reason I bought it in the first place.
On the frame shape, unless you have a requirement for a step through frame, go for the conventional diamond frame. They are less prone to twisting, and give a better ride. That experience comes from two identical bikes My wifes and Mine from a few years ago, and they were top quality Raleighs, from when Raleigh made a good bike
On the saddles, female posteriors require a wider saddle than males. Check the saddle in the shop and if not comfortable then, it will not get any more comfortable, Get the shop to change it before you buy.
Last edited by stapfam; 06-30-05 at 01:21 PM.