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Old 01-16-11, 01:58 PM   #1
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What to buy?

My wife and I are in the market for new bikes but have not ridden or owned bikes in over 20years. We will be retiring to the island of Cozumel soon and want bikes that are good for running errands around town but are also good for longer trips like the 25 mile loop around the island on the coastal road. There are also a few roads that are moderately rough dirt/sand that lead to remote bays and the like and it would be good if the bike could handle those as well. One additional consideration, since we're in a salt water environment we want something as rust free as possible. We'd like to get something of decent quality without breaking the bank. Also, since we'll in Mexico, service could be questionable so simple and reliable will be a big plus. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
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There are few bikes, made in stainless steel, mountain bikes less so,

.. next most rust free metal .. lower atomic weight , but higher cost is Titanium..

A folding bike will at least stow indoors without taking up much room .

and an Internally geared hub will be more trouble free than an external derailleur set.

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Corosion is down to how well you maintain the bike. Keep the frame clean and possibly polished and any material will do. Any bare steel to have a fine spray or wipe over of oil and excess wiped off and no rust or corosion will occur. Same with the chain.

But style of bike is down to you. Looks like you have to find that friendly LBS and test ride as many styles of bike that you can.

And how do I know about the salt corrosion not being a problem??? 20 years of coastal riding or "Near" coast riding.
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Thanks for the replies so far. Any suggestions as to the type of bike that would best meet out all around needs? Hybrid? Comfort? Other? I was also thinking that we wouldn't really need something with 21 or more speeds since the island is flat, correct? Fewer speeds should keep initial cost down and maintenance easier too.
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I'd get a hybrid bike with one of those self contained hubs.

ex: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...e_express8.htm
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Here's a discussion forum for cozumel. Thread is titled 'buying bicycles on island'

http://www.cozumelmycozumel.com/dc/i...showtopic=1144


My recommendation is to get an aluminum frame hybrid. You'll still have to do regular maintenance on the steel components (chain, etc), however your frame should last.
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My wife and I are in the market for new bikes but have not ridden or owned bikes in over 20years. We will be retiring to the island of Cozumel soon and want bikes that are good for running errands around town but are also good for longer trips like the 25 mile loop around the island on the coastal road. There are also a few roads that are moderately rough dirt/sand that lead to remote bays and the like and it would be good if the bike could handle those as well. One additional consideration, since we're in a salt water environment we want something as rust free as possible. We'd like to get something of decent quality without breaking the bank. Also, since we'll in Mexico, service could be questionable so simple and reliable will be a big plus. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
Three words.....Aluminum Beach Cruiser. Easy to ride & cheap to buy. Just add baskets and your set

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Got a live Aboard a boat plan?, and folding bikes are a space saver,
you may even be able to find or have a deck locker made
to stow them in, kept dry with a gasket sealed lid.

Bromptons would fold into the least space,
Could get 2 in about a 2'x2'x2' cube,

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Couple of things I would look at for rough roads- sand and ease of maintenance

Bikes with an internal hub for the gears and disc brakes.

Although this is classed as a City bike- It will take rough roads and providing you don't want to ride in muddy conditions- even the tyres will work on loose stuff.

http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/...ek/7342/44056/

And if a bit over the price range- then the lower versions will still work
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Went to the LBS the other day and tried a variety of Raleigh, Diamondback & Specialized bikes. After much consideration we both ended up buying the Raleigh Detour 4.5. Very comfortable fit and rides great. I think it will suit out needs well. Thanks for all the helpful replies!
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Went to the LBS the other day and tried a variety of Raleigh, Diamondback & Specialized bikes. After much consideration we both ended up buying the Raleigh Detour 4.5. Very comfortable fit and rides great. I think it will suit out needs well. Thanks for all the helpful replies!
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