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Old 08-06-10, 07:46 PM   #1
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New old rider

55+ (OK, more like 60+) female rider whose last bike was a Schwinn Suburban and wants to keep up with the Grandkids. Don't want a big fat bike with bell and basket. 5'2" 125 lbs - what are you ladies riding and how are they working for you????
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Old 08-07-10, 12:04 AM   #2
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Not a lady----But best suggestion is to find a Good Local Bike shop (LBS)

They can sometimes take some finding but you will know when you find it. They will listen to what you want- suggest several types and models and ensure you get the right size that fits.

And if you want to keep up with the Grand Kids- Get the best and lightest racing bike you can afford- Those 2 to 12 year olds are Fast
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.

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Old 08-07-10, 04:37 AM   #3
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Not recomending any particular bike myself as I feel bike choice is very personal and varies from individual to individual. Heck, half of the time I'm not sure which bike I feel like riding myself!

I just wanted to welcome you to the 50+ area.

Please keep us posted on your shopping progress and be sure to post pictures of your new ride once you get it.
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Old 08-07-10, 04:54 AM   #4
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I am genetically unqualified to answer your question as you framed it so let me just say

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Old 08-07-10, 05:24 AM   #5
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You might look into hybrids for a start. Although most manufactuers have a hybrid line, you need to find out what your local bike shop sells so you can get support in the future. Here are a couple of suggestions to get your search started:

Trek FX series - more performance oriented, but I love my 7.5 and hubby loves his 7.3 as well
Trek 7000 series - kind of a comfort/performance combo with wider tires and seat/front fork suspension
Specialized Ariel series - this hybrid has a definite mountain bike heritage, but still a contender with 700 x 45 tires it is pretty comfortable and has front suspension fork.
Specialized Vita series - like the Trek Fx, this is more performance oriented

These are just a couple of the brands available, but since Trek and Specialized are pretty big, you should be able to find these in your area. These would be a good starting point to see what you like and don't like. Here is where a good bike shop comes in. They can take your impressions based on this starting point and make more suggestions of other bikes you might consider. Most important get a bike that fits you well and you will enjoy riding it even more. Enjoy your search. By the way, I'm 58 with a Trek 7.5FX.

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Old 08-07-10, 06:04 AM   #6
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Welcome to .....

whatever this place is.

If you don't want drop bars that have you leaning over look at a few flat bar road bikes. They're about as fast as a regular road bike and allow you to sit more upright.

And Jesus looking upon them saith, "With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible." - Mark 10:27
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Old 08-07-10, 06:35 AM   #7
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I can't answer your question as I am gender unqualified. However, I will quietly and sneakily tell you that my wife rides a "hybrid" - a Trek 7300. I can also tell you that she wishes she could ride a "road bike" but she tried one for 600 miles and it never felt stable to her. I will also tell you that she did not learn to ride until in her 60's and she will be 73 in November. Shhh. Don;t tell anyone I stepped out of my gender definition here.

And welcome.
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Old 08-07-10, 07:40 AM   #8
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What are you going to use it for? If it's just low speed putting around with children, (you didn't specify the ages of your grandkids), then anything will work, with emphasis on comfort.
If you're going on the road with other adult riders and are interested in performance, a road bike will work best. If you want to climb hills and go fast, go for the lightest bike you can afford.
For general riding around, a hardtail mountain bike will work if you prefer to sit upright. They have low gears, offer comfort, and can go anywhere.
Maybe some of the ladies will respond, too.
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Old 08-07-10, 07:48 AM   #9
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Hi Lymobear!
I ride a Trek 1.5 Women Specific Design road bike and I love it. I'm 54. As most others have said, you'll need to try different bikes to find the one that suits you best. Good Luck!
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Welcome to the 50+ arena. I'm also the wrong gender to answer your question, but I'll go with visiting a good local bike shop.
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Old 08-07-10, 10:06 AM   #11
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A word of warning.

You may want to invest in a stick to beat off the more aggressive members of the male sub-species. Though most of us are able to hide it rather well outside the confines of the home, we tend to find female cyclists of all ages highly attractive.
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Old 08-07-10, 09:21 PM   #12
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Hi! Glad you are going to start riding! I'd suggest a trip to a bike shop and look over the different styles and try out a few. Find something that you feel comfortable riding and think you will enjoy. There are a lot of choices out there now: hybrids (several styles), cruisers, mountain bikes, road bikes, recumbents, and more!

Have fun shopping and test riding.....
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There are lots of nice people here, particularly when it comes to techie issues. BUT, you may find good support from the bikers at

The title should give it away. It's a much smaller forum, but they're really helpful (too).

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Old 08-10-10, 10:37 AM   #14
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+1 on the Trek FX series. Good in between type of bike. Not a beach cruiser and not a full out racing bike.
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Old 08-10-10, 01:55 PM   #15
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My .02 .. modern Folding bikes work well, go fast enough,

... and don't need an addition on the house to have a place to park them
out of the way.

or a bike rack on the car to take them out to start a ride the countryside

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Old 08-10-10, 07:11 PM   #16
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My dear wife (who is a former "outlaw" road racer) would tell you to find a local bike shop you're comfortable with, tell them what you'd like to do with your bike, and then test ride multiple bikes.

Welcome to the forum!
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Old 08-10-10, 08:18 PM   #17
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Endowed with two X chromosomes, but nothing brilliant to add except that folding bikes can be a ton of fun. I own a Dahon MU P8 in addition to my hybrid. I agree with test riding a bunch to find the one you feel the most comfortable on.
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Old 08-10-10, 08:31 PM   #18
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I am 5' 1" and ride a Cannondale Synapse WSD. I love, love my bike. I have over 14,000 miles on it and want to ride it forever. I tried many bikes before I bought Orange Crush. I knew after riding the bike for about a half hour that it was the right one for me. The fit is just so good. Do not settle for a bike, whether a road bike, hybrid, or whatever, until you have this feeling. You will know.
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