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Old 07-15-07, 11:40 AM   #1
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Buying Advice

I'm ready to buy a bike and need a bit of guidance. I am 68 years old and in good general health. I have a few DEFINITE preferences. I need fenders, internal gears, coaster brakes, and a comfortable seat (6 feet tall - 240 lbs.). I have seen some 3 speed cruisers that fit that general description but I'm not sure as to what brand names to shop, components to look for or avoid, and size considerations (wheels - frame - etc.)
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Old 07-15-07, 12:00 PM   #2
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For practical reasons, transportation and storage, a folding bike might be the best choice. Downtube ($300), xooter swift ($700), Dahon Mu Xl ($900). Swift will customize.

The most ridable of modern bike are the dutch bikes. http://www.dutchbikes.us/

If you are willing to experiment try Shaft driven bicycle http://www.dynamicbicycles.com/

A good bicycle shop can convert almost any bike to an internally geared bike. See Horizontal Dropout http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gloss_dr-z.html

comfortable seat - if you are picky you will have to buy the seat seperately.

components to look - If you can get a chain cover like on the dutch bikes that would be real nice.

size considerations - endless discussions of wheel size in the folding bike area. I would suggest you find the best bike shop in the area and buy from them, sizing is not that easy imo. You might also try a few used bikes to see what works for you.
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Old 07-15-07, 01:23 PM   #3
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I'm ready to buy a bike and need a bit of guidance. I am 68 years old and in good general health. I have a few DEFINITE preferences. I need fenders, internal gears, coaster brakes, and a comfortable seat (6 feet tall - 240 lbs.). I have seen some 3 speed cruisers that fit that general description but I'm not sure as to what brand names to shop, components to look for or avoid, and size considerations (wheels - frame - etc.)
Thanks,
DVJ
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This guy knows bikes--he was one of the inventors of the mountain bike and he is leading the charge for the type of bike you are requesting.
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