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    What Should I Buy?

    First of all, I can't post this on any other forum because I really don't know what to ask for. Here's my request. I'm a casual rider from Pennsylvania, 58 years old and too old for radical play on a bike. I do both off road and street riding with my old Schwinn (High Plains...Made In The USA) but it's old...probably late 80's early 90's. I'd like a suspension bike but don't know whether I should get full or just front. I like the looks of the Gary Fisher models. The Level Betty and Joshua designs, but know nothing about them. Somebody said the Level Betty is a tricked out Kmart bike...meaning cheap.

    Any bike I'd buy here would have to be shipped.

    What do you all think and any suggestions would be helpful.

    Thanks.

    Ray Bayer

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabomano View Post
    . . . 58 years old and too old for radical play on a bike.
    Trust me, you're never too old for that .

    Despite my personal prejudice toward full suspension, most on here will recommend just front suspension and not without good reason. Mainly, because you will get a better bike with a higher-quality parts mix for the money spent (did I just say that?).

    The Joshua and Level Betty were fine bikes for their time and were much more than X-mart bikes. I think people tell you that because of their Y-frame's resemblance to so many of the big-box cheapies out today. If you decide you're really set on the idea of full suspension, though, I'd look toward a well-taken-care of older Specialized FSR. The FSR design is efficient and timeless.

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    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...r/navigator30/

    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/...le/2307/32169/

    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...sid=09Carmel26

    http://fisherbikes.com/bike/model/tiburon


    There is a few to look at , my father rides the giant suede DX and loves it. Say it takes all the body stress out of riding compared to his old bike wich was a schwinn.

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    dminor

    Thanks for the input. I initially was looking for a front suspension and then these 2 Gary Fisher models popped up. The Level Betty is being sold for $500 and is in great condition with upgrades. I'll look at the
    Specialized FSR for sure.

    Any other suggestions for a front suspension would be helpful. I don't want new because but rather a good used bike.

    Ray

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    Duce97

    Thanks for the links. I'll check them out them in a few minutes.

    Ray

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