Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: northern California
Bikes: Bruce Gordon BLT, Cannondale parts bike, Ecodyne recumbent trike, Counterpoint Opus 2, miyata 1000
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For those who do not know the Giant Suede is an electric bike, listed on the Giant site for $1,000.00.
For the original poster you can get good non-electric bikes for a beginning commuter for a lot less than that. A recent issue of BICYCLING magazine ( found in most libraries - or see their web site) listed some good entry-level bikes for $250 and up. Add $100 or more for helmet, rack, bag(s), tools, etc, etc and you are ready to go. Lots of other threads have advise on how to get started. For some of us having an electric assist spoils the fun. I have NEVER seen an electric bike show up on a club ride. Please go by several different local bike shops (lbs) as well (if possible) some of the big stores like Performance and REI and look at their products.
Ma'm I am nearly your age and I do home health care work. I appreciate some of your concerns. I have heard of several kinds of bikes where you sit back a little with the pedals somewhat forward and your feet can reach the ground. I trust some people who know more about them will post here. Carried to the limit the pedal-forward idea becomes a recumbent bike. Please look at the Recumbent forum and see if there is something you like.
Last edited by ken cummings; 02-27-06 at 06:35 PM.