Hi: I recently took on bicycling as a weekend activity after many years of not owning a bike. I originally purchased the 2012 Schwinn Voyageur 21 at Performance but, after two days of relatively easy riding, one of the pedals fell off! This left quite a sour taste, so I decided to take it back to the store and get a refund - the bike was probably not put together properly, but why take second chances?
Today, I bought a Trek 7000 for about the same price. Although the rear gears are a cheaper model (Shimano TX vs Altus), the bike seems to have a more solid ride and handling. However, since I'm nowhere near an expert on bikes, I have a few doubts:
1. Did I make the right choice in switching from the Schwinn to Trek? And will this be a reliable bike?
2. I'm 5'9" and the salesman said the 20" frame size was right for me (instead of the 17.5"). When I'm riding the bike size feels fine and manageable, but it does feel a bit tall when trying to get on and off. For instance, when I'm on the seat with my leg fully extended, my foot doesn't completely lie flat on the ground (just my toes) - and the seat won't go any lower. Is this normal? If not, could I remedy this by finding a seat that will go a little lower (~2")?
On this last point, the Schwinn was definitely more comfortable when getting on and off. I don't mind the new fit too much, but just want to make sure that there will be no adverse physical effects after riding for a while.
Thanks for your advice.