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Old 09-11-07, 04:08 PM   #1
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Husband and Wife newbs need bike + trailer

I haven't had a bike since my old school 1980s dimandback, or was it a mongoose, I can't remember. I want to buy a bike for my wife and I with a trailer for my daughter. I want to spend as little as possible to get bikes that are comfy cruisers for the neighborhood streets. We might do some trails at some point I suppose. I was looking on Craigslist, but I have no idea what to look for.

I am 6'2 195lbs and she is 5'0 100.

Any suggestions are welcomed.

I saw a deal for 2006 $100 Giant Cypress 19inch. Is that big enough for me? That a good deal?

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Old 09-11-07, 08:18 PM   #2
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There are several models in the Cypress lineup, beginning at a little under $300 for the non-suspension front fork. So at first blush, $100 for an under 2 year old bike, if it was well cared for, is probably a bargain. A 19" frame might work for you with the seat high. If a lot of your height is in your inseam, you might find a 21" frame to be better. But I can only guess... You would need to try it, or go to a store and sit on one.
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Old 09-12-07, 03:56 AM   #3
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You must look at your purchases as an investment. By Quality and bikes that FIT. I can't stress that enough. Most entry level LBS bikes will do fine for you and your wife for now, but... what about later?

On the Cypress. Not a bad bike, but a 19 is going to be on the small side for you. The bike I built up for myself this year is a 21 inch frame and there are times that feels small, and I am only 5'11".

The Trailer is going to be the pricey part of this deal unless you can find a "GOOD" used one. If you go used, look for a Burley or a Trek so you can get replacement parts easier. Look to your Craiglist for deals and look multiple times a day. This are items that move fast.

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Old 09-12-07, 07:29 AM   #4
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Ok, so if I want to buy quality and the right fit how much is that going to cost. What are some examples of bikes that I should be looking at?
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I have a Cypress and it works for me. left over (1 year) at LBS ~350 lower end model
It's 19" and I am 5'11"--6'
I put about 50-100 miles on it a week without problems.
I also have and IN-step Rocket trailer which works fine.

My opinion is, if you are going around the block and have no plans on getting into serious rides, then go cheap, dirt cheap.
the only problem with that is, having a low quality bike will make you hate the experience and you may never get into biking .
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i can trust a dead head. 419 is so damn heady!
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Old 09-12-07, 09:10 AM   #7
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You really need to decide what you have done in the past, what you want to do, and where do you want to be in 1-3 years on a bike.

If it's just Family riding, a Trek 7000 for the two of you "MIGHT" be enough. The 2007 model is $289 and the new 2008's are priced at $309. My wife rides a 7000 WSD (Women's Specific Design) and is very happy with it. It is stable, shifts well, and is built well and should last us a long time.

All Manufacturers have an entry level bike that will do you well. Stick to your guns and to your budget. Keep the bikes in good order and clean and if you need to trade up in a year or two, sell them on your local Craiglist.

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P.S. I work for a Trek/Fisher/Bianchi Dealer. I try to remain neutral when it comes to my recommendations on Bicycles. I do believe that an entry level LBS Bike is a better value than a K-Mart or Walmart Bike.
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Old 09-12-07, 10:33 AM   #8
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419 is a carry over from my younger years.... not that I don't partake now and then.
The hero is from my dad who use to always say (to me) "don’t be a hero" when I would be tightening a bolt.

As for the Dirt cheap comment I made, I did not mean x-mart. The LBS is the way to go.
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Old 09-14-07, 01:21 PM   #9
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I suggest a Trek T900 tandem for you and your wife, and the Trek Mountain Train trailer bike if your dd is 3.5 or older. ;-) Oh, and get the 6 speed (or is it a 7 speed now?), otherwise she will just be coasting as soon as you and your wife hit any comfortable speed. She won't be shifting at first, but she'll figure that out before you know it. Don't spend a lot on a conventional trailer, she will be wanting out of it sooner than you think.

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+1, at 3.5, your daughter won't be in the trailer much longer. They are typically start tapering off at ~3.5 and are done ~5. I.e., you can expect her to not be riding in it the Spring time after next. Most people don't get out much in their trailers during the winter months, so you are looking at one summer of use.

The trailer bike (TAB) idea is good. 3.5 is usually a little young but doable. Most won't quite have the pedaling nor are they likely to be able to be able to pedal a full stroke due to legs that are too short. This means that it is alot easier for them to fall off. My 3.5yo is in this situation. We have gone up to ~25 but only for short downhills. No falls yet but I always yell back to hold on tight. Their little hands can get tired too. So be prepared to make hand rest stops about every 10-15 minutes. Of course, YMMV for all of the above numbers.
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What about those extra little seats that pop out from the back for kids. Are those any good?
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What about those extra little seats that pop out from the back for kids. Are those any good?
I assume you mean something like these?

Personal opinion: They are an option but I am not a fan of them. They work but I don't like how they raise your center of gravity. Plus the child will probably move around some which can throw off your control of the bike. They say they have a weight limit of 50lbs. or so. But at that weight your child probably won't be comfortable for very long. A trailer can handle larger kids than a seat. They also are more comfortable in that they offer more freedom of movement for the kids without affecting bike handling.

The child seat might be a good stopgap option until your daughter can ride on a TAB. It would likely be cheaper than a trailer.

Look for either the seat or trailer in the used market. I saw a Cannondale trailer in very good shape for $120 this AM.

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What about those extra little seats that pop out from the back for kids. Are those any good?
There were multi-point harness seats of this variety that can be mounted on trailerbikes as an interim solution until your child is old enough to hold on tight. I know that Adams used to list it as an option, but I'm not sure that it is still available. Check with your bike shop to see if they can still get it, or if another brand can be made to fit.

From a size and fit standpoint, the Trek / Gary Fischer units are have the smallest inseam requirements right out of the box. And with a little modification (substitute a shorter seatpost, flip the underseat bracket), they can accommodate even a peanut of a child.

Scroll down within Rec & Family for a few threads dedicated to the subject of T-A-B's.
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Do a search for hybrid or city bikes. That should do the trick for what you want.

We have an Adams trailer and the joint has become rather loose. Our kids are very big for their ages so it might not be an issue for others. But the Novarra and other brands have a more robust joint and will be less scary if you are riding with a larger child - 50+ lbs.
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