I haven't purchased a bike or ridden one in many years and need to get back on a bike. My 4 yr old just got his first two wheel bike and mama needs to be able to keep up with him! The problem is there are SO MANY choices out there! My old bike (20+yrs old) was a 10 speed. It is out of date and needs a new chain, new tires, and new tubes. It was an early mountain bike style. After pricing around, it was gonna be rather expensive IMO to repair it. My questions:
I am looking for a cheap bike to start out with so I can chase my little guy along trails (concrete, dirt, gravel). I need to be able to attach some sort of child seat to the bike for his little brother to go along for the ride. I have heard that it is better for him to ride between me and the handle bars... but also safer for him to be behind me as well. HELP! Any thoughts on this would be great as well!
I am hoping to share the bike with my husband for now and then purchase a better bike down the road once both kids are riding. My husband is not a big bike rider so this is my plan to get him riding.
I am just a shy of 6ft tall, and have a 33 inch inseam. (My husband is an inch taller on both height and inseam.) I have been to local bike shops and have been fitted with a 56cm frame men's bike but the $500 price tag almost gave my husband a heart attack. We would like to keep this purchase under $200 if possible for now.
In the future I would like to purchase one that I could at least compete in a women's sprint triathlon (basically a 12-15 mile bike ride). Im not a fast runner so there is no chance I will place, but I would like something that will at least keep me in the race for my second bike. I know this is all over the place... my mommy brain is in full swing today. Sorry!