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Old 04-23-07, 06:38 PM   #1
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Iowa - Need to Get Off the Sofa

Hi Everyone,
I am Ken and we live in Iowa City where I teach at the University of Iowa. Got interested in this forum when we started looking at bikes at our LBS and was a bit overwhelmed by the selection out there. There is something about being 50 years old and just not quite fitting in with the crowd in spandex, 32 speeds, and all the jargon that goes with it. I was originally interested in the Trek Lime because of the simplicity of it, but after riding it now I don't know - 3 speeds seemed a bit too narrow of range for me. I am thinking now of a compromise - a bike with the Nexus 8 or maybe the Sturmey-Archer 8-speed hub (see, I catch on to the tech part). Anyway, time now to get off the sofa and ride, right? Any suggestions out there on stock bikes for someone not into performance riding, but just casual commute to my office (about 2.5 miles) and weekend riding would be great. Oh, I don't like bumpy rides. Hey, I've got some pounds to pedal off. Under consideration are the Trek 400 Navigator or possibly Electra Townie 7. However, the LBS link is here if you want to browse and really be helpful with a link it would be great (they are good people, great service and I prefer to buy from them over the big guys:


http://worldofbikes.com/catalog.cfm?catalogId=39
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Old 04-23-07, 08:55 PM   #2
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Welcome! I have a Breezer with the premium (red band) Nexus 8, and I love it, love it, love it. It's easy to use and easy to care for. If you decide to engage in winter bike commuting, you'll really come to appreciate it.

As for which bike, the ones you mention all ride a bit differently from one another. You really need to go on some test rides to know for sure which will work best for you.
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I've read a bit about the Breezer, but will look into it. The red brand is the premium version of the Nexus 8, isn't it? Thanks for the tip.
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Hello Ken, I can't help you with your bicycle choice, but I will say

Welcome to BF!

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