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Old 12-22-07, 04:58 PM   #1
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Hello from Allen, Texas

Hi everyone. Bean27 here. Trying to get into riding for exercise. I'm about 40 lbs overweight and hope to help my overall health with some recreational riding. Nothing serious - just riding for fun and exercise. I had a Schwinn Varsity 3 speed from the early 80's that I started riding again. But, it didn't fit me too well, so I got rid of it. It made my neck hurt after about 15 minutes of riding in the hunched over position. After two cervical fusions, I need a bike with an upright riding position. So, I'm looking at hybrid and comfort models. Simpler is better for me.


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Old 12-22-07, 05:02 PM   #2
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Hi Bean27, there's a bike out there for you somewhere, and fit is important when you've had back problems.

Check out the regional forums--there's one just for Texas .

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Bean27,

Welcome to BikeForums. Lots of Dallas area folk around here from all parts of the metroplex. I would suggest talking to the guys at Richardson Bike Mart or perhaps Performance Bike. I've been impressed with both shops, but will always go to RBM first. Stop by the Texas Regional forum and say hello. We've even got a meet & greet planned for next Friday!
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Hi Bean27

I am 65 and Still Alive.
You have to take it very very slow to Start With.
Try 15 Minutes at a time, Rest Then try It again.
My Wrists, Elbows, and Butt took awhile to get comfortable.
They are Fine Now.
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Old 12-22-07, 11:40 PM   #5
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Hello Bean27, welcome to the forum. As for bike shops, look into Bicycles Plus, one in the Park Cities, one in Coppell and one in Flower Mound. Very helpful folks there. Here's the link:
http://www.bicyclesplustx.com/
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Old 12-22-07, 11:56 PM   #6
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Welcome, Bean27! Always nice to see someone else from the Metroplex area here.

My hubby and I just started riding last month and we're doing it more and enjoying it more than we ever expected. (We did 17 miles this morning in the cold wind as the front moved in.) He'd had a bike sitting in the garage for several years, and when I decided to get one the choices were pretty overwhelming. I ended up getting "more" of a bike than I initially planned to and after the first week or so was very glad that I did. (I saw in another spot here that you're thinking of the Trek Lime, which is what I was initially considering.)

Not that we went crazy - I'm on a Specialized Crossroads Sport; he has a Trek Navigator. Both have very upright positions and fairly "cushy" rides, absolute necessities after my lumbar fusion and his cervical fusion. I would humbly suggest that you test ride some bikes along those lines in addition to the Lime. If, like us, you end up riding more than you're currently planning, I think you may "outgrow" the Lime and be looking for an upgrade fairly quickly.

Have fun shopping and good luck,

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Thanks to everyone for their kindness

I want to thank all of you for the kind welcomes and advice. It looks like I definitely need to do some test rides on various comfort bikes before zeroing in on one. Barb, that's real good advice to be sure and buy something that you won't "outgrow" in a year or so. There's a wealth of info here on the forum, and I will be going through it to learn as much as I can. I don't mind spending the amount that the Lime costs, but maybe it is a little overpriced and I can do better with something else.

Thanks again and I hope that I will be able to contribute to the forum in the future.


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By the way, you might also look to see if something like an old fashioned mixte might work for you.





I no longer have this particular Raleigh mixte, but they are great bikes, and you might be able to find an inexpensive one on the local Craigslist. Mixtes come in both drop handlebars, and handlebars that allow for a more upright stance (like the one in the photo).

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