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    Single speed Cruiser bike for my Father-in-Law

    Having lunch with my Wife and Father-in-law, and he drops a bomb on me. "Been looking at bicycles"

    WTFudge?

    Never heard a word about this before. He said he's been looking in K-Mar, etc, and I told him, PLEASE don't go that route.

    He wants to just tool around his retirement community. Hasn't ridden a bike in 60+ years.

    He told me he wants a single speed bike. Trust me, if he says this, you will not be able to convince him otherwise. He said he also wants to be able to sit on the seat and plant his feet firmly on he ground.

    I am going to take him to my LBS, but I called them today, and they have no single speeds in stock.

    They carry Trek and Specialized. Anyone have a recommendation?

    I'd rather he get something from the LBS, but more than that, I just want him to get something.
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    Hey there G!

    I'd recommend either one of the following two:

    The Trek Pure Deluxe ~ $570
    www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/town/recreation/pure/pure_deluxe


    The Trek Classic Steel Cruiser Deluxe ~ $360
    www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/town/cruiser/mens_cruiser/classic_steel_deluxe

    * The Pure Deluxe is a 3 speed. Sometimes your dad might need a little mechanical advantage.
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    That classic steel cruiser looks like a great bike for him!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gforeman View Post
    That classic steel cruiser looks like a great bike for him!
    Great! Make certain that you observe how well he acclimates to coaster brakes, before setting him out into the world!

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    Nirve makes nice cruisers in all sorts of color schemes.. single and 3 speeds..
    aluminum ..

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    I have a friend that had a similar request, he ended up with an Electra crank forward design, loves it so much he bought a couple more that have a different paint scheme.

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    He may be better off with hand brakes vs coaster brake. It does make mounting and dismounting a lot easier when you can stop the bike from rolling.
    Also, if you have a 3 speed you can leave it in your favorite gear and forget about shifting just like a single speed.

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    My daughter has a Nirve three speed cruiser with rear coaster & front hand brake. For tootling around the old folk's estate it would be perfect. Even a big box cruiser would do the trick. Doesn't sound like your dad is going to be racking up the miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
    Hey there G!

    I'd recommend either one of the following two:

    The Trek Pure Deluxe ~ $570
    www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/town/recreation/pure/pure_deluxe


    The Trek Classic Steel Cruiser Deluxe ~ $360
    www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/town/cruiser/mens_cruiser/classic_steel_deluxe

    * The Pure Deluxe is a 3 speed. Sometimes your dad might need a little mechanical advantage.
    Well, LBS said Trek has discontinued the Cruisers. I'll keep searching! He may end up with a Big Box bike after all.
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    My preferred bicycle brand is.......WORKSMAN CYCLES
    I dislike clipless pedals on any city bike since I feel they are unsafe.

    Originally Posted by krazygluon
    Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
    Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?

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    Any comments on this bike from Bikes Direct? Father-in-law was here and we were searching around. I actually convinced him he would not mind the 3-speed, and to get a front brake.

    LBS will assemble and adjust for him, that way he can establish a good relationship with them.

    This does have Aluminum frame and rims. looks pretty nice.

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/Mango/toucan3.htm

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by gforeman View Post
    Any comments on this bike from Bikes Direct? Father-in-law was here and we were searching around. I actually convinced him he would not mind the 3-speed, and to get a front brake.

    LBS will assemble and adjust for him, that way he can establish a good relationship with them.


    This does have Aluminum frame and rims. looks pretty nice.




    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/Mango/toucan3.htm

    Thanks
    I don't really know about this bike in particular, but it appears to be alright.

    So therefore, I say, go for it!

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