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gabiE 03-31-06 10:09 AM

Some Advice Please!
 
Hi,
I am new to this community. I am new to biking entirely actually. But since i live in Queens and don't have a car, my husband and i decided to get bikes. We will be using it about once a week to commute to work (we do like having that 30 min. train ride, to read and study). Other than that we will be biking to the park, and when we go to Nantucket, or other holidays. Our bike commute to work is about 5 miles. Here is the thing, we went and bought used bikes last night, and rode to work today. It was Great! My husband got a schwinn crossfit (it seems really good for him). I on the other handd was sold a "hybrid" but its more of a comfort bike i believe. The Raleigh sc7. It is really comfortable. The guy who sold it to us charged $150 for a used in good condition. But, I just realized it is normally a $240 bike, not to mention the one i got is a Men's. Is that bad? I didn't think about that, because it still has somewhat of a slant to it. I feel like i may have been deceived though. Any advice?

aadhils 03-31-06 10:19 AM

What ever seems to fit fine, and if you're comfortable, then thats the bike for you. It does'nt have to be a women's specific bike either. If you like biking to work alot, then theres plenty of room to upgrade to a newer one.

p.s. congrats on your first five posts...

gabiE 03-31-06 10:22 AM

HAHAHA....i know. Apparently i am new to computers too!

Thanks for the advice!

webist 03-31-06 10:39 AM

I think the price was fair enough. If I were selling a bike, I don't think I'd need to specify whether it was a men's or women's bike. The buyer should be able to see that. A lot of folk interchange the terms hybrid and comfort when talking about bikes.

Advice: Ride the bike. Enjoy it. Upgrade and ride more.

Welcome to bikeforums.net.

gabiE 03-31-06 11:59 AM

well, the crazy thing is that is what the store owner recommended me. the raleigh sc7 men's bike. It does look like it could be both, but there is a woman's version of it. I just realized I got the men's.

stapfam 03-31-06 02:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gabiE
well, the crazy thing is that is what the store owner recommended me. the raleigh sc7 men's bike. It does look like it could be both, but there is a woman's version of it. I just realized I got the men's.


Although there is a womans specific frame- It is not necessary unless you wear a skirt, or the mans frame is uncomfortable for you to ride. If the bike is comfortable,then you have the right frame- not only the right frame- but also the right bike.

I can assure you that Many people are sold the "Wrong" bike/ size/ type of bike, but if this one fits then the part that is wrong- is the mind that thinks it has a problem.
Well done on joining us, and keep us posted on how you get on.

davidmcowan 03-31-06 02:59 PM

Yes, but, he probably didn't have a Raleigh SC7 women's bike that he could sell to you. Which explains why he might try to fit you on a men's bike. However, this is not the end of the world.

gabiE 03-31-06 04:05 PM

yeah, that is what i figured.

The frame feels ok to me. I think i might need a wider seat, thats all.

jamester 03-31-06 06:16 PM

Welcoem gabiE =)

I'm new to biking too - I think it's great that you now have a bike you can love to ride - that's the biggest part of the battle. If you love to ride it, you'll ride it more often!

becnal 04-01-06 02:39 AM

As long as it feels good, that's what matters. I don't think the bike shop tried to deceive you in any way. Happy riding.


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