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    Favorite Style of Bike For Age 50+?

    What's your favorite style/type of bike for someone age 50+? I need some gift recommendations!
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    A beach cruiser, or a hybrid, or a mountain bike, or a recumbent bike, or a time trial/tri bike, or a road bike, or a city bike, or a singlespeed bike (fixed or not), or a track bike (fixed) etc.
    Do you see where I'm going here? An old person who is 50+ might like any of those types of bikes, just like a young person <50.
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    I guess I should add: an older person with some mobility issues.

    I'm guessing a beach cruiser trike type bike may be the most comfortable/stable?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Makai View Post
    I guess I should add: an older person with some mobility issues.

    I'm guessing a beach cruiser trike type bike may be the most comfortable/stable?

    Balance?

    Arthritis?

    ???

    A bit more specificity would help us.
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    just somebody who likes to take it slow...but no serious health issues
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    You might try an EZ 3




    http://www.sunbicycles.com/products.php?cl1=RECUMBENT

    Sun EZ 3. They also have a variety of other trikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Makai View Post
    just somebody who likes to take it slow...but no serious health issues
    That was me a few years ago. My first bike was a hybrid. I now love my Madone road bike

    Can you take the person on a shopping trip to local bike shops and let them try different types of bikes?
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    Though their prices are not low, you might want to look at a recumbent trike. The new breed is not like the ones grandma once rode. Today grandma can have the benefits of stability, performance, and the famous triker's grin.

    The key issue, I think, is whether the planned recipients are interested in cycling. It would also make a difference if you are willing and able to ride with him/her/them for early encouragement.
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    I didn't read the last line in the original post until I saw Metric Man's post. Hence, I'm deleting my comments and asking the OP to be a bit more forthright with us. What is it you really want? There are more than a few of us who are available as consultants. My rates start at $170/hour.
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    Ooooo, he said specificity! I'm having trouble just reading that little sucker!!

    Makai....you're asking the wrong person. Bikes are suprisingly personal items. Start with the recipient and work from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    A beach cruiser, or a hybrid, or a mountain bike, or a recumbent bike, or a time trial/tri bike, or a road bike, or a city bike, or a singlespeed bike (fixed or not), or a track bike (fixed) etc.
    Do you see where I'm going here? An old person who is 50+ might like any of those types of bikes, just like a young person <50.
    An old person 50+ ? speak for yourself. I am 57 and no wheres near old.
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    +1 50 plus, I love racing/road bikes best.

    It also depends on the budget. Starting out on a small budget, it is hard to beat a rigid frame mountain bike. You can find good ones around here for about $100. Then if the person starts really getting into riding, eventually, they will move up to something better. By limiting the expense of the first bike, you limit the financial hit of moving up.

    Read Tom Stormcrowe's story on the Clydesdale forum. And he started on an old road/racing bike.

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    What kind of mobility issues? At my bike shop, I sold a ton of these to older folks with the inability to mount a conventional bike frame.

    http://www.biria.com/bicycles/eb/eb_..._aqua_blue.jsp

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    I found as gifts unless you know exactly what one wants then a gift certificate is best. Let them get what they want not what you want to give them.

    For just tooling around slow and easy a beach cruiser would be cool. As long as it is flat where you cruise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gash44 View Post
    An old person 50+ ? speak for yourself. I am 57 and no wheres near old.
    I turn 60 next week and for a day or so will feel old, but then I'll get over it and return to being immature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    I turn 60 next week and for a day or so will feel old, but then I'll get over it and return to being immature.

    I like the immature part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    I turn 60 next week and for a day or so will feel old, but then I'll get over it and return to being immature.
    When you start acting your age is when you get old.

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    I started with an mtb, then got a hybrid, then I got hip and bought a roadie, but recently the hybrid has been so much fun, and every now and then I have a blast on some singletrack, and I would really love to try a bent or a trike......................................................................
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    For a gift - no idea. My favorite style - without a doubt - road bike with drop bars. Second and third are cyclocross and single speed / fixie with drop bars. The road bike can be modern or nice vintage steel.
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    Have you looked at traditional Dutch bikes?

    Sturdy, stable and (given a certain aesthetic) very very cool. Built in locks, lights, chainguards, mudguards, racks and a wicker basket - everything needed to minimise complication and add convenience for a 'coffee shop and a little deli shopping' trip

    I just bought one from <www.amsterdammers.co.uk>

    (I bought it for my daughter who isn't 50+ yet, but she likes the slow and stylish aspect)

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    Now why would someone that owns a bike shop need advice from us?
    The thoughts and opinions expressed by this poster are his own and should not be misconstrued as gospel. They are and were not meant to inflame, enrage or otherwise tick anyone off, usually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Metric Man View Post
    Now why would someone that owns a bike shop need advice from us?
    Very astute. Perhaps this is a very clever marketing survey?
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    DnvrFox - still bicycling, swimming, walking and weight lifting at 74yo is participating a bit in BFN 50+.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post

    Exactly
    The thoughts and opinions expressed by this poster are his own and should not be misconstrued as gospel. They are and were not meant to inflame, enrage or otherwise tick anyone off, usually.
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    I am 51 years old and my favorite bicycle is my 32 year old Fuji road bike. Despite the fact that I own a modern (2 year old) road bike, I still like riding something that shows me that bikes were just as great then as they are now.

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