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Old 06-10-13, 12:49 PM   #1
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Hello from Bonney Lake, WA

I've been lurking for a while and thought it high time to register & introduce myself!

I'm a 53-year-old homeschooling mom from Bonney Lake, WA. It's been a while since I've enjoyed riding bikes and feel like I'm missing out when my husband and kids (ages 8 & 9) go out for a ride - especially on some of these great rails-to-trails bike paths nearby.

But I had a bad fall off my current bike last year (Trek Mountain Track 830 - probably 20 years old?) not to mention my knees and back aren't what they use to be, I've put on a few pounds, and have arthritis in my toes and hands (so they numb easily and can't shift well). My kids get a laugh whenever I attempt to mount/dismount my bike (practically have to lay it down or use the porch) - I'm sure you get the picture! I really want to get back into shape - just want to ENJOY it, relatively pain-free, and think a new bike might be just the cure.

So I'm researching and plan to buy a new mommy bike. I love the look/geometry of the flat feet / crank forward and step-thru models. Based on my limited research, I've decided to go out and look and try:
1. the TREK PURE (wish they still had the 21 sport model - maybe I can find one used?),
2. the TREK SHIFT 2 (love everything I've read about it and the Shift 3, but need to see it in person and compare it to the Pure to see if I can still stand behind the pedals),
3. the ELECTRA TOWNIE (like the 21d).

Of course this means going to like 3 different LBS since no one seems to carry them all! And do the Treks and/or Townies ever go on sale?

Wish me luck - and if you have any experience with these models (or ideas on other brands/models I should also consider) please comment or send me a message. And if any of you live out here in the Puget Sound area and have a favorite LBS you can recommend, I'd like to hear from you, too.

Thanks! Have already learned so much from this forum!

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Old 06-10-13, 01:14 PM   #2
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Hello Mom,

Welcome to Bike Forums.

Good luck on the search.
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Old 06-10-13, 04:39 PM   #3
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Hi, welcome to BF, Best of luck on your search for the right bike, its out there.

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Old 06-13-13, 08:23 PM   #4
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Found my bike! Thought my dear husband was going to wait until my birthday later this month and surprise me - but instead surprised me by buying it tonight! Yes, I brought home my new bike! After test-riding the Electra Townie 7d, 21d, and Trek Shift, I decided on the TREK SHIFT 2. It was by far the best-fitting, most comfortable, most balanced bike of the three, which sorta surprised me. I thought for sure it was going to be a Townie (and almost didn't test ride the Shifts - but wow, now I'm glad I did!).
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Sounds like you got a keeper - in more ways than one
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