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Old 04-03-07, 08:12 AM   #26
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Personally, I much prefer not to have suspension. It may really help on very rough trails, both with steering over irregular obstacles and with dampening sudden painful or injurious jolts to your butt or wrists, but on smooth terrain it adds an annoying bounce and slows you down a bit.
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^+1 I'm generally anti-suspension unless one is really riding off-road. For on-road use that sometimes goes onto gravel/trails, suspension is not necessary.
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If you expect to spend most of your time riding generally smooth roads with very little bumpy off trail action, I don't think you'll benefit much from the front fork suspension. Good sized tires will take care of gravel and irregular textured surfaces.
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Yeah, that is what I was thinking. I think I am going to look at a couple of other Specialized models, but I am leaning toward the Marin. I need to spend some more time test driving them though. Bother shops that I am working with have been very helpful
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....What does everyone think about a bike without front fork suspension?
Bikes with front suspension became popular because people hope they will decrease the problem of numb hands. That doesn't really work; only taking pressure off the hands will do that--but anyway.

I don't think it really matters what bike you buy, if you get a "normal" upright bike--they are all pretty much built the same, if they're at the same price points. The name-badge is the main difference.

The only matter I would note is that if you get a bike that comes with wider tires (such as a MTB) you can always buy narrower tires for it (as narow as 1-inch slicks) and gain pretty much all the benefits of lighter, narrower wheels. If the bike is only built for narrow tires, you can't put wider tires on it at all.
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I think it takes a little time to get used to a bike. Just because your uncomfortable in the beginning dosent mean your arent going to get in shape for it after some miles. Just sitting on it or riding a short while wont tell you how youll end up. If your looking for speed and milage get a speed milage bike and get used to it etc..
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I think it takes a little time to get used to a bike. Just because your uncomfortable in the beginning dosent mean your arent going to get in shape for it after some miles. Just sitting on it or riding a short while wont tell you how youll end up. If your looking for speed and milage get a speed milage bike and get used to it etc..
If you've only ever had "normal" bicycles, you just assume this to be so, and don't argue with it.
It isn't really true however.

Recumbent seats don't require any "break-in" period, don't require you to wear padded shorts, don't cause groin pressure/irritation the way saddle noses do and don't cause any pain even after an extended period of no riding. After a few hours of riding non-stop you may find the seat is rubbing you less-than-perfectly, but then, an upright bike would have gotten too painful to ride a long time before that, and the pain you'll get from a recumbent seat is still likely to be far less severe.

The only downsides are possibly extra bike-transportation hassles, and wedgie Lance-wannabe riders sticking their noses in the air at you because they think they know better.
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