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Old 07-28-07, 10:24 AM   #1
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HI! I'm new to all this bike stuff in MA

So, I ride a bike. It's really cute and has a basket. It does not have gears, I have to pedal backwards to brake, and it's insanely heavy, so sometimes it takes FOREVER to get anywhere. But, I love riding my bike. It makes me smile and it's very comfortable (key ingredients for me). I would like to start biking more, possibly commuting (right now I walk) and for general getting around town (I live in a college town with bike lanes).

I just want a bike with a few gears so it's not so hard to go up hills (right now I usually have to get off and push). This forum seems like the right start for me to find out for myself what I might want. I am intimidated when I go to bike shops and get confused by all the shop talk. I don't want to sound stupid, but at the same time, when did buying a bike get so complicated? Do they even make 3-speeds anymore?

Can someone point me in the right direction on this board to start reading/asking questions? I want to be armed with knowledge the next time I go to a bike shop.
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Old 07-28-07, 10:43 AM   #2
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Commuting and Classic and Vintage may be places to start looking at 3 speed information. Trek has a new line of bikes out that may fit your exact need. I think they are called Trek Lime.
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Welcome. I've got a cute bike myself, and it makes me very happy. Three speeds are great, though I got myself an 8 speed because we do have hills here. I understand Boston has ideal terrain for a 3 speed, though. Don't rule out a 7 or 8 speed - they're fun, too.

There are new ones and old ones, so I imagine you ought to decide which way you're wanting to go. On the plus side, you've got a great LBS near you that seems to know all about the sort of bike you're interested in. It sounds like a place committed to providing education for customers and they sell both used and new bikes. You're also very close to one of the most famous LBS in the US for internal hub gear bikes. Bikes like these are discussed all over these forums, and so you will become good at using the "Search the Forums" feature up at the top of the page. There is relevant information to be found on General, Commuting, Recreational and Family, Classic and Vintage, and even Living Car Free. Stay tuned, as we will be adding a new utility cycling/bike forum soon, and I imagine there will be a lot of handy stuff centered in there.

Hope you find what you're looking for!
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So why are you TheDoodle?

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Old 07-28-07, 03:02 PM   #5
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Hello and thanks for the welcome!

TheDoodle is my dog......well, her name is Lottie but she mostly goes by TheDoodle, because she sort of defies any classification. That's a different forum.......

Donnamb - YOUR BIKE is pretty much EXACTLY what I'm looking for!!!!!! I need those side pack thingys (I don't like carrying bags because I lose my balance more easily) and a basket on the front for my dog (she goes to work with me every day). I've never heard of Harris Bike store, but Broadway Bikes is right down the street (they are a little to serious/snobby for me). I like Cambridge Bike Shop too (but they are a little too 'hip' for me, and expensive). I will check out Harris tomorrow!

What are the good threads to start reading for GIRL bikes, that are cool but simple and affordable? I really don't have the interest to discuss gears and hubs and stuff, but I will try......I just want it to work and last and not weight 40 million pounds (I'm only 5'3)....lol.....

Thanks for the welcome!!! I'm going to head over to the women's forum (a women's bike forum is exactly what I was trying to find!!!) w00t!!!
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Hello and thanks for the welcome!

TheDoodle is my dog......well, her name is Lottie but she mostly goes by TheDoodle, because she sort of defies any classification. That's a different forum.......
I am so used to seeing 'snickerdoodles' and 'golden doodles' and all those other 'doodles', that I thought that might be the reason.

Sounds as if a photo is in order!

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Old 07-28-07, 03:30 PM   #7
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Nono.....she is definitely NOT one of those doodles.....she is tiny. 8 pounds. Techinically she's a long-coat chihuahua. In the dog forums, she is what's known as a Chiwhopper (because she BIG for a Chi)....lol.....

Lord----you do not want to get me started posting pictures of her. I have a flickr account just for her! I will forget that this is a bike forum! I'm going to take a picture of her in my basket for the "what you ride" women's forum......back soon!
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Donnamb - YOUR BIKE is pretty much EXACTLY what I'm looking for!!!!!! I need those side pack thingys (I don't like carrying bags because I lose my balance more easily) and a basket on the front for my dog (she goes to work with me every day). I've never heard of Harris Bike store, but Broadway Bikes is right down the street (they are a little to serious/snobby for me). I like Cambridge Bike Shop too (but they are a little too 'hip' for me, and expensive). I will check out Harris tomorrow!
Sweet. My bike is a Breezer and Harris is a Breezer dealer. They also know just about everything there is to know about panniers (the side bags). Once caution - a lot of the best stuff is not cheap, but once you've got it, its going to last you just about forever. The Breezer site has a lot of information about their bike models on it. Harris also sells other brands of "city bikes" that I could only dream about here in Portland, so you'll actually have more than one brand to choose from, you lucky duck.

Have fun. I'm rather jealous that you can just head on over to an LBS like Harris Cyclery.
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Cool! I've asked around here about good bike shops, but I never get a straight answer from guys, they always start 'talking shop' with me....*sigh* I JUST WANT A BIKE......lol......

I'm going to go over there tomorrow....I'm fired up. I hope they are nice! Thank you so much for the tip, I will post and let you know how it goes!
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Here she is East Hill......in Maine. What a Doodle!
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Hey, Doodle:

Harris sounds great. I don't know it. But I had a really wonderful experience with Bikeway Source just at the base of the Minuteman trail. They were knowledgeable without being incomprehensible and allowed long test drives. You might check their site,too. I saved a bunch of $ as well.
best of luck and have fun with the hunt.
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Here she is East Hill......in Maine. What a Doodle!
I missed this! Your Doodle is a cutie, indeed!

How did the search for a bike go, then?

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