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I just sold my Schwinn Caliente Road Bike

Old 07-16-08, 12:30 PM
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I just sold my Schwinn Caliente Road Bike

I just sold my Schwinn Caliente Road Bike. I want a new one that is much lighter (i end up carrying this one up and down stairs a lot and it is waaay to heavy). I am a 5'4'' female. I want to put a basket on my new bike so maybe I need cruiser handlebars. Can anyone make any recommendations?
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Old 07-16-08, 12:41 PM
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Electra makes some nice stuff. http://www.electrabike.com/
Many manufacturers make cruisers nowadays.

For instance trek:
http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...rclassicsteel/
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Old 07-16-08, 02:05 PM
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thanks for your reply! i really want the bike to be light weight. also, i live in nyc? bikes here are soo expensive. im looking to spend less than 400 usd
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Old 07-16-08, 02:28 PM
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Your Caliente was a reasonably light bike...maybe 25 pounds or 28 pounds. The only lighter bikes anywhere near $400 would be used road bikes with aluminum frames. You might find a ten year old Cannondale for $400 that weighs about 20 pounds or so.

If you can find a place on the ground floor to store and lock a bike, any beach cruiser makes a nice bike to add baskets and go shopping. Every once in awhile K-Mart, Wal-Mart, or Target will sell Schwinn one-speed beach cruisers for around $150. The one-speed Schwinn beach cruisers weigh about 35 pounds, but are very sturdy, and great shopping bikes.

About 99% of crooks are men, so a lady's beach cruiser is not real attractive to crooks. But, if you lock it on a public street, you would still want to have one u-lock around the rear wheel, and one u-lock attaching the front wheel to the frame.
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Old 07-16-08, 03:36 PM
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wow! thanks! that was incredibly useful! i guess i forgot to mention one thing. i like to ride my bike to work most days.. this is about a 7 mile ride.. 2 of which are on streets.. i take it on the subway sometimes and to my boyfriend's apartment (which is on the 3rd floor) so i guess i am looking for a road bike/hybrid? or something with at least 5 speeds and cruiser style bars?
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Old 07-16-08, 03:55 PM
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"Caliente!" That label gotta go down in history with the like of Nova, Aspire, Avalon.
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Old 07-16-08, 03:55 PM
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oh really? does that mean that i shouldn't sell her then? i surely love her
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Old 07-16-08, 06:56 PM
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I had a caliente as my first 10 speed. But that thing is not a bicycle, it's a two wheeled tank.

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Old 07-16-08, 09:12 PM
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hmmm do you guys think i want this one? http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/bik/755408473.html will it be light-weight? i hate the color
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You carry your bike up stairs and onto the subway? You sound like the ideal rider for a folding bike. Bike Forums has a special forum just for folding bikes. Read through all of the folding bike threads for the past month, and you will get a log of information about them.

The Dahon company sells some nice folding bikes in the $300 to $400 price range. An ideal model for a ten mile ride would be a three speed model. The enclosed gears are less likely to get knocked out of alignment and less likely to get on clothes.

In Houston, bikes are not allowed on our train during rush hour, but folding bikes are. The smallest folding bikes come with backpacks, so you can stick them in a closet at work or at home. The mini-folding bikes would not be a good choice for a fifty mile ride, due to the tiny wheels, but can cover ten miles very well.

Most Dahon models come with fenders, for riding in the rain, and with a rear baggage carrier. Bike shops sell grocery bags that clip to the rear carrier. Carry the bag into the store to get the food, and carry the bag into the kitchen when you get home.
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Old 07-16-08, 11:01 PM
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My first thought is folding bike also, but I have no experience with them.
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Old 07-17-08, 06:37 AM
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hmm interesting idea. i saw a bunch of the folding bikes around and i dont think i like them very much.. they seem very small and like there would be some work involved in collapsing them each time i am done using them.. i think the ideal bike for me wouldnt have that..

sorry.. i know i'm being picky.. do you think i might want a hybrid... the handlebars are straight so i can clip a basket onto it.. and depending on what it is made out of.. i can get one that is really light! i will want it to have at least 10 speeds.. in addition to riding 14 miles a day to work.. i like to take it on leisure rides around nyc and i dont think i want a folding bike for that purpose..

so far i've only beel looking at women's bikes but i guess i dont need to limit myself to that...
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Actually, a folding bike can be fitted to give you PRECISELY the same saddle height and cockpit length as a full-sized bike. With a little practice, most Dahon models can be folded up in 30 seconds, about the time it takes to correctly lock up a full-size bike.

A folder functions just as well as a full-size bike. I talked with two woman who used folders for a 300 mile tour, with heavily loaded saddlebags.

A "really light" bike (weighing under 20 pounds) costs over $1,000 new...and parked on a New York City public street is likely to be stolen within a week or two.



A college teacher I talked with was tired of worrying about having his full-size bike stolen, he keeps his folding bike under his desk.
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