I am so happy to find this bicycle forum. I would like to return to riding a bicycle after years of not riding.
My favorite memories are when I rode my Schwinn 3 speed through the streets of Chicago.
Now I am basically retired and would like to start riding again. There have been so many changes and options available since my last purchase that I decided that I needed help in making my purchase decision.
I have terrible knees and my back isn't so great either. I was told that the Trek Verve 2 would be a good choice.
I would like to get some additional feedback.
I want a fun, stress free, easy to ride bicycle that I would ride around town and have short trips (5 to 10 miles) on the bike trails. I want a bike that would put the least amount of stress on my knees.
I am 5'7" tall.
Thank you in advance for your comments and advice.
Re:knees. In my case, Shimano SPD pedals did help, as they lock your feet in pedals so that you cannot accidentally twist your knee while pedalling. Proper bike fit will help in terms of not over extending your knees. If all this is taken care of, using low enough gears will help. If even low gearing is too much, look into electrical assist bikes.
To err is human. To moo is bovine.
Who is this General Failure anyway, and why is he reading my drive?
Best thing to do is visit bike shops, join up with local groups, etc. and see/touch/ride bikes first hand and just figure out what is right for you. Village Cycle Sport is a decent local shop and they have a big annual tent sale at their Arlington Heights store where there are literally hundreds of different bikes to try. That would be my suggestion as they also have a store in Barrington. If I recall, they also have a "lady's night" at the Elk Grove Village store which is across from Busse and right off of Higgins.
I'm not thrilled by the Trek Verve 2... I generally advise people to stay away from that sort of bike with the front suspension which is just cheap and heavy. You don't need a race-weight bike but you don't want to be lifting a boat-anchor up stairs and on/off a car's bike rack either.
Welcome to BF! Definitely spend some time window-shopping and info-gathering at quality local bike shops. You might be most comfortable on one of those “women’s specific geometry” builds that most of the major manufacturers put out. Good luck with the research and shopping.