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  1. #1
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    Bought my first "real" bike

    I've had my eye on the old school type cruiser bikes for some time now. I decided I was going to buy a bike and start riding the bike trail and neighborhood with the kids. Not knowing any better, I took my husband to Target to see the pepto pink beauty I had my eye on. He laughed so hard he about had a stroke! He insisted I would be laughed off the trail and that I need at least a few gears for some hills we have here in our area in Florida. Everything I found that I semi liked was $200 plus. So, my husband advised me if I was serious and going to shell out at least $200 I needed to go to the LBS. I did my research on our only bike shop and started seriously looking at some Treks online.

    What an experience going to a LBS! I told the man what I wanted: minimal gear shifting, upright position, peddle brake if possible. He showed me the Pure Lowstep and had me ride it. I loved it! He showed me 2 different Navigators, I didn't,t like the seat and he noticed I would be more comfortable if I didn't have to tilt the bike to the side to get off. He then pulled down the Pure Deluxe Owstep from the window. I rode it and knew this was the bike for me! It was beautiful and smooth. I felt like I was 10 again, minus the banana seat. I took the kids to lunch to think about the $500 investment. That afternoon I came back and bought my beauty! Now I am making excuses to just ride.

    I dusted off the bike trailer my husband bought me 3 years ago when I decided to ride my $100 piece of junk Roadmaster mountain bike that he bought me 8 years ago and caused me pain every time I tried to ride. I hooked said trailer up and we are ready to ride like the wind. My only problem is that now I feel bad that my 13 year old is riding a piece of junk bike. Looks like she may need a Trek for her 14th birthday this summer.

    I know one thing I will never buy a department store bike again! My husband recently bought a Trek with some incentive points he had from a vender from his job and loves his too. I cannot wait to hit the trail as a family.

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    Welcome to the Dark Side

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    Senior Member wiredfoxterror's Avatar
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    2006 Trek Rail 2007 Diamondback Dellacruz 1.0 2009 Trek Lime 2009 Jamis Boss Cruiser 7 1980s Nishiki Road Bike 1993 Cannondale R700 (Criterium) 1993 Cannondale V1000 1995 Cannondale M1000 1996 Cannondale Killer V900 1996 Cannondale M900 CAD3 1997 Ca
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    Congrats on a great decision (the riding and the bike store trip). It starts with one bike and then they multiply.
    Foxye, the Floribbean

    2006 Trek Rail
    2009 Trek Lime
    2009 Jamis Boss Cruiser 7
    1980s Nishiki Road Bike
    1993 Cannondale V1000
    1994 Cannondale Killer V900
    1995 Cannondale M1000
    1996 Cannondale Killer V900
    1996 Cannondale M900 CAD3
    1997 Cannondale F1000
    1997 Cannondale Super V 2000

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    Senior Member bassjones's Avatar
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    pictures? Congrats on your purchase. I'm currently looking for a worthy road bike for my daughter who is 12. She's quite tall and still growing (5'10" currently) so I'm probably going to buy her a used one right now and then get her a nice new bike when she's done growing.

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    Senior Member jeepr's Avatar
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    Sounds great! The right bike makes all the difference. Glad to hear your LBS took good care of you.

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