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Old 09-01-08, 07:39 PM   #1
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Riding again . . .

Hi everyone,
I'm a 54 year old midwestern Clydesdale who wants to get back into riding after a 20 year absence. I'm down 20 pounds from my starting weight, and hope to leave the Clydesdale category behind in a few months.

I used to ride a Nishiki road bike that I absolutely loved. I felt like I was flying . . .

But now I don't want to be on a road bike. Or a men's frame, so I'm bike shopping.

See you in the Clydes or Over 50s forum!
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Hi OldBroad, so what bikes are you looking at?

Welcome to BF, and feel free to PM me with any questions !

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Hi! Thanks!

I just wrote out my saga on the 50+ forum (and then noticed the sticky about returning riders -- oops). I looked at a comfort bike today, and really hated it. It felt very awkward with my arms up so high. I was terrified on the starts and stops.

After reading the thread about how to ride a bike and actually thinking about how one rides, I just now realized that the high handlebars may have prevented me from tansferring my weight forward so that I could easily stand on the pedal to get it moving and my butt up on the seat. Hmmmmmmm . . .

So at any rate, I have been comparing photos and noticed that the hybrids seem to have the handles lower. I do like the weeshy frames frames of the step through bikes (at least for now). There are a couple brands/models that look good on paper . . .

Thanks for the kind welcome! Any ideas appreciated. I'm trying to keep the price around $500.

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Hi! Thanks!

I just wrote out my saga on the 50+ forum (and then noticed the sticky about returning riders -- oops). I looked at a comfort bike today, and really hated it. It felt very awkward with my arms up so high. I was terrified on the starts and stops.

After reading the thread about how to ride a bike and actually thinking about how one rides, I just now realized that the high handlebars may have prevented me from tansferring my weight forward so that I could easily stand on the pedal to get it moving and my butt up on the seat. Hmmmmmmm . . .

So at any rate, I have been comparing photos and noticed that the hybrids seem to have the handles lower. I do like the weeshy frames frames of the step through bikes (at least for now). There are a couple brands/models that look good on paper . . .

Thanks for the kind welcome! Any ideas appreciated. I'm trying to keep the price around $500.

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I think that the 50+ forum folks can chime in with their opinions. Otherwise, ask in General Cycling.

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