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Old 04-14-09, 10:13 PM
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Trek Navigator

The wife has been told by her doctor that her knee is so messed up the only exercise she will probably be able to do is cycling or swimming. She is opting to cycle, which is a good thing since I already do that and it will give us something to do together.

She wants a comfort bike. There aren't a lot of LBSs here in this town, but the Trek dealer is awesome and treats me extremely well every time I go in there. They have the Lime, which they don't recommend at all since it isn't geared well for the hills around here, and they have the Navigators.

I am curious if anyone here has one and how much they like it.
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Old 04-15-09, 07:08 AM
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My wife loves her Navigator 2 with the step through frame. She has a double hip replacement and simply can't raise her leg that far. She initially bought it because it made her feel in control while riding. She can get her feet down quickly. She has ridden over 2000 miles on hers. They are great bikes for people with physical limitations.

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Old 04-15-09, 08:18 AM
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Excellent choice since the shop is good to you.
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Old 04-15-09, 08:33 AM
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Torgrot,

I can relate to the double hip replacement. I can do just about anything (without pain!!!) except swing my leg over a bike.


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If you have a decent Giant dealer, the Giant Suede W ( https://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/...en/2295/32087/ ) is very similar to the Trek Navigator. My wife mostly rides a Trek FX 7.3, but she will not give up her Giant Suede W.

The Giant and Trek are pretty much the same, so the LBS (important to you) and appearance (probably very important to her) would be the deciding factors.

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Old 04-15-09, 08:45 AM
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The only thing I dislike about the Navigator is those darned twist shifters.
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Old 04-15-09, 11:47 AM
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My wife loves hers. It's a heavy bike, but comfy.
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Add to that the Trek Pure. Have her test ride both. The Trek Pure is similar to the Giant Suede and Electra Townie in geometry and comfort. Easy to mount and dismount. I test rode the Trek Navigator and preferred the Pure and Giant Suede because they felt more natural to me. They're all great bikes.
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Add to that the Trek Pure. Have her test ride both. The Trek Pure is similar to the Giant Suede and Electra Townie in geometry and comfort. Easy to mount and dismount. I test rode the Trek Navigator and preferred the Pure and Giant Suede because they felt more natural to me. They're all great bikes.
I love my Pure! It's a pleasure to ride, although it's not so great at hills. (Then again, I have the 3-speed version.)

It's more of a neighborhood bike than something you can spend a lot of time in. It looks like a tank, but it's pretty light - the lightest of my three bikes.
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Old 04-16-09, 01:29 PM
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My Navigator got me back into cycling after 30 years and I still ride it to work over dirt and rough pavement.. But I got a Lemond to keep up with the skinny guys on the weekends
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The only thing I dislike about the Navigator is those darned twist shifters.
Shifters can be replaced.
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Old 04-16-09, 07:57 PM
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MY wife loves her Navigator, but does complain about the shifters, so I am going to replace them with some rapid shifts once she is able to ride again. Just had shoulder surgery, so no rush.
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Old 04-17-09, 11:12 AM
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I agree, the twist shifters aren't the best but function just fine.
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About twist shifters, I like them for the front if they can trim the derailer, but prefer trigger shifters for the rear, or thumb shifters for both.
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