Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ahwatukee, Arizona
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First one back, to "tool around on", was a quasi-recumbent Giant Revive (massive rear shock protecting back after sugery(s)). Very slow bike, great neighborhood/corner store ride.
Have also aquired a Trek R200 recumbent and am in slow learn with it. Still not fully sold on it.
Today, I found a used Trek Navigator (26inch-plushmobile, heavy and fine for the moment) and it's up-right stance felt good enough to go ahead and buy from a neighbor, longest I've ridden and fastest so far. Fun to get around some on a canal path and even the stem suspension and front forks seemed to assist my back. I tried locking out the front forks and could not tell a difference on the road. Got caught in a rain burst, so I un-locked them in case I found a water filled pothole. This is a fun bike for me and will get used a lot while figuring out where i may head in regard to recumbent or faster upright bikes.
I'm considering a Fuji Sunfire 1.0 as well and were I to have bought new today, that would have been the choice. I like speed of the 700c's, it's aerodynamic shape of the tubing and the deore components, price on closeout etc. I also like the upright stance offered by that type of offering, Just from the test ride I know it is much faster than the Navigator and several other of the bikes tested.
On one of the other forums here, a man talked of having spinal issues like my own, and riding a road bike with great results and optimal body postures for him. I'd have never guessed.
So, I'm open. Thanks for the encouragement.