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    Junior Member careynm's Avatar
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    Help with purchasing decision: need upright bike for under 600

    New to the forum but not to cycling. Discovered last summer that I have herniated discs in my lower back and neck in addition to scoliosis(ow). Haven't been on the road bike since then. I'm looking for something upright and have narrowed it down to three (I think) and would love some opinions from whomever wants to chime in.
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    Via 2 W (2014) | Giant Bicycles | United States

    I'm kind of loving the idea of the internal hub but have no experience with it. Please discuss.
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    A recumbent maybe? A good Long Wheel Base recumbent is what I'd suggest. To meet your budget, you would have to get lucky on CL or eBay, but it can be done.

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    Junior Member careynm's Avatar
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    Tried a friend's recumbent and did not like the laid out position. Also, it felt frighteningly vulnerable. But granted, that was the only time I've tried one....
    Be kind: we are all fighting our own battles.

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    The Giant Via gets a lot of good reviews on reliability and comfort. No familiarity with the IGH, maybe Dan Burkhart will chime in about the ins and outs of them. He is our resident IGH guy. Best of luck on your search.

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    Senior Member Crank57's Avatar
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    I've had three Giant Cypress bikes and really liked them all. Gave a couple away to friends and family but kept one as my utility ride. Can go off pavement if needed, comfortable ride, supports racks and fenders, not too heavy.

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