Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Geelong, Australia
Bikes: Proteus stationary recumbent, considering Electra Townie purchase
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Yes, I will definitely have to take some Townies on a test ride soon. I have not checked if the LBS has them yet. I know that they are sold in Melbourne though, about an hour away. Maybe it sounds weird, but I am trying to hold off the test ride for a bit longer. I want to use the excercise bike more first and feel just a bit fitter. Partly, this is to minimize feeling embarrassed if I was to test ride and tire out too quickly and partly because it would tempt me to purchase sooner rather than later. I want to increase my fitness more before I buy to be sure that I don't just buy the bike and then decide that it's too much effort and quit. If I can increase my fitness first then I feel like I am proving to myself that I am going to use the bike and not waste my money. I'm aiming for May or June (Mother's Day or birthday).
The area immediately surrounding me, where I would be riding initially, is mostly flat. However, if I was to ride for longer distances eventually, we have a beautiful nature park nearby that is hilly. That would be more of a 10km ride, still a long way off for me. If I was aiming to ride to that hilly area one day, would I be better off getting the 8 speed straight up? I see a number of people seem to get the 21 speed. Should I consider that? I don't think that I would use all of the gears, but would get comfortable with a few and use them only.
For a slow, comfortable ride, would I be better off with the balloon tyres or doesn't it matter?