I would so appreciate some help. My last bike got stolen, so am trying to buy a new one. Trying to find the best fit. I am female, bike 2-3 times a week 10-20 miles each time, for exercise. I am overweight - and find that the 'leaning' postures are uncomfortable, so want to get something upright.
I am looking at a Raleigh Detour 3.5 vs a Trek Verve 2. The former fits my car bike carrier better. But the latter might be a better bike, I think it rides smoother. Any opinions out there, is the Verve a better bike(in which case I might need to buy a new carrier too..sigh)?
I have a men's Raleigh Detour 3.5 & love it. I feel that it fits me fine and have had no back issues. Next year I plan to do short week long tours with it. My wife has an older Raleigh C-40 and has had very good luck with hers. So we are very pleased with Raleigh.
I am sure you couldn't go wrong with either the Raleigh or the Trek but I guess I'd go with the one that you can put on the rack.
Good luck in your search.
You definitely want to go with the one that rides better for you, in this case the Trek. You can get the bike rack adapter which should allow you to mount a woman's bike on your bike rack so that shouldn't be an issue.
My wife got a Verve 2 and we have the rack adapter, I am not sure which adapter you use or if you are mounting it correctly, but once put on it does not swing at all. It behaves exactly as though the bike had a top bar.
Did you make a decision? I realize this thread's a bit dated by now, but I wanted to say that I bought the Trek Verve 2, and I adore it. It's an upright, easy, comfortable ride that's still got some zip. I'm also pretty nutty about the handlebar twist gear shifting. I figured out a way to "jerry-rig" the bike onto my rack, but I think I'm likely going to just spring for the adapter so it isn't so complicated. I hope to be using this bike for a very long time, so hopefully it will be worth it.