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    Is this a good deal?

    I am starting to search for my first bike in about 30 years. I am a fit 60 yr old and would like something to ride around town and maybe go up to 15 miles or so. I didn't want to spend a lot of money, but I want something that will last a while and be a good first bike.

    SportsChalet has a special on the DiamondBack Maravista for $249.00
    Would this be a good first bike for me?? The price seems very good for what I would be getting. They have a pretty good bike department (service, etc.). They don't offer test rides but said I could try it for a week and bring it back if I am unhappy.

    I would appreciate any feedback, thanks

    Here are the specs:
    DiamondBack Maravista `06
    Sizes SM (15"), M (17"), LG (19"), XL (21"), WS (15")
    Colors Gloss Silver (M), Gloss Light Aqua (W)
    Frame 6061-T6 Alloy Hybrid w/ internal Cable routing, replaceable derailleur Hanger, H2O Bottle Mounts
    Fork Spinner Odessa ACS Comfort Suspension w/ adjuster
    Headset 1 1/8" threaded
    Crankset Shimano TX-71 48/38/28 w/ chainguard
    Bottom Bracket Sealed Cartridge
    F. Derailleur Shimano C202
    R. Derailleur Shimano Alivio
    Shift Lever Shimano EF-35 Rapid Fire 8spd
    Cog Set SRAM PG-830 8spd (11-32t)
    Chain KMC-Z82
    Hubset (F) Alloy QR (R) Shimano RM30 Cassette
    Spokes 14g Black Stainless
    Rims Weinmann AC-19 Double Wall 32h
    Tires Puncture-Resistant Kenda Cross w/ K-shield 700x40c
    Brakes Tektro linear
    Brake Levers Shimano Easy Fire EF-36
    Pedals Avenir Comfort Plus
    Handlebar Comfort Riser
    Grips Avenir 3-D Comfort
    Stem Alloy adjustable
    Seatpost Avenir Silhouette Post 27.2mm
    Saddle Avenir Deluxe Cross Comfort
    Extras Clear coat, owner’s manual, H20 bottle mounts

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    Hybrids, like the bike you suggest, may be very suitable for you, but I'd recommend test-riding several bikes before diving in. Since you've been 'away' for a while, getting a comfortable fit is critical to a positive cycling experience. Good LBS do this and it should take more than 5 minutes...explore one or two other bike shops to get a feel of product and service breadth and pricing.

    A few questions for you to consider: If your travelways are primarily asphalt or fine gravel, do you need shocks or would a suspension seat post suffice? IMO shocks add unnecessary weight for most applications. I fully understand your budget concerns but is $250 your max? I submit that your cycling experience might be substantially better on a bike in the $300-400 range, ie lighter, better components, feel etc.

    Good luck and welcome back to cycling!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bww
    I am starting to search for my first bike in about 30 years. I am a fit 60 yr old and would like something to ride around town and maybe go up to 15 miles or so.
    You're just a kid (I'm 62). Go to a bike shop and get a real bike and start training for your first century or metric century.
    My bikes --> 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---2011 Felt Z4

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonH View Post
    You're just a kid (I'm 62). Go to a bike shop and get a real bike and start training for your first century or metric century.
    I like your attitude. I passed on the SportChalet bike and will take your advice and go to a bike shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bww
    I like your attitude. I passed on the SportChalet bike and will take your advice and go to a bike shop.
    Great! Be sure you let us know what bike you get.
    My bikes --> 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---2011 Felt Z4

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    bww,

    Thanks for asking this question - I am looking at the exact same bicycle at Sports Chalet in Phoenix, AZ. I am 6' 2" & 270 lb (ok, working out and have dropped 3 lbs in the last 2 weeks - hence the name "Big Steve").

    If I get the 21 inch size would that suffice? I am short on cash, but I do try to support my local businesses, including my bicycle shops. Any suggestions would be welcome.

    I plan on riding to work about 10 miles each way. Mostly pavement, but some gravel (got too many flat tires on my road bicycle... narrow tires I suppose)

    Thanks for any input!

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