Hi. I'm wondering if anyone here can help me make a decision. :-)
I'm a middle-aged, overweight lady. I have recently pulled up from the basement an old Sears FreeSpirit (1985) to ride around the neighborhood with my 6 year old daughter. Right now we are just riding about a .75 mile loop, having to walk the big hill. She still has training wheels right now also.
Anyway, like riding with her; don't really like my current bike. Over a decade ago, I did get the sears bike "tuned up" by a LBS, so it's not in bad shape. (Maybe I need to replace tires...these look okay, but are more than 10 years old). There are just a few quirks about it I don't like. Some I might be able to fix, but it might also cost more than I'm willing to put into this particular bike. So I've been toying with the idea of a new bike.
Other than the neighborhood, which is asphalt road (and small potholes), we hope to later work our way up to a few of the bike trails. These would be mostly paved. I think there is one around a small park that is packed stone. I was planning to go out this weekend to see what I might find for around $400. But then in our our local company buy-sale bulletin board, I found someone selling a 2004 Raleigh Retroglide 7 for $150.
It seems in good shape. I will definately ride it to make sure I like and it fits. But I'm wondering if this is the right kind of bike for the riding I might be doing. I see it's sometimes called a 'beach cruiser'. So while it would be great for the paved trails (and they are all fairly flat), I'm not sure if it would be okay on the packed trail, and not sure about our lovey neighborhood roads (and hills).
Opinions on this bike, for my use? And is $150 a fair price for a 5 year old bike in good shape?
the other thing: I do have a raleigh sc40 that I keep at my parent's house (another state) and share with my dad. Now that my daughter is older, we think we might do a few paved, flat trails around their area. So I will need another bike there. So if the raleigh doesn't work out here, that's a possibility. still wondering on the price though, and if that's an okay bike.
thanks for any help.