I'm an inexperienced cyclist but fell in love with the freedom on a vacation to Belize (rust bucket one-gear cruisers from the resort). My husband and I wore a harness with binoculars and cameras and rode pretty slowly (or you miss the birds!) over gravel/dirt roads.
I'm interested in getting bikes for us and I can get a good price on these (or other Novara bikes)
For me: http://www.rei.com/product/791141/no...mens-bike-2011
For him: http://www.rei.com/product/791143/no...orsa-bike-2011
The problem is that hubby HATES dealing with tires. He had bad experiences as a bicycle commuter and sees it as work that would ruin his weekend (even if I did it!)
I've researched solid (airfree) tires and find nothing but confusion. Aside from the clear signal that you need to order from a reputable place, I'm not sure if they would meet our needs. We're looking at these solid hybrid tires.
Some factors that might influence your recommendations:
- We need low maintenance/no flats
- Handle gravel, packed dirt, bike paths - possibly rutted or loose gravel or sandy dirt
- Ridden weekly for up to 10 miles, less during poor weather
- Ridden pretty slowly
- Want to sit upright and be comfortable (would ride slowly for up to 4 hours)
Am I crazy to consider solid tires considering all the controversy? Do you think the bikes mentioned would meet our needs? On the trails I described, would a full-on cruiser bike do OK vs. the comfort bikes above?
I'd appreciate any views. I realize that bringing up airless tires can ignite rage in those ripped off by a certain reseller... I'm not trying to stir up trouble, but maybe our light-use scenario fits the solid tire sweet spot .