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Old 09-07-08, 06:07 PM
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Anyone know what bike is a somewhat light {non road** girls style bike? The person riding only rides on weekends and is 70 years old. The bike she's on is from big box store and weighs a lot and has fat tires.So we're looking for something a little easier to handle.
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Old 09-07-08, 08:55 PM
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Define light? How much does the big box store bike weigh?

You might have her try Electra Townie, Giant Suede, Trek Pure, KHS Smoothie, which are lower to the ground, easy to touch the ground, and come in step through frames. They have lots of models out now that are easy to pedal and manuever. I think Schwinn has a nice model - coffee or cream. You can read reviews & see pictures on: bikesfortherestofus.blogspot.com

My bike is a Suede (about 30 lbs.). That's probably pretty standard for a hybrid of that type.
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Old 09-09-08, 10:17 AM
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Hey Rosie thanx for the reply. It takes me a couple of days to reply sometimes I don't stay at the computer much. I have not weighed the bike but I have a trek 7300 that weights 30 and it's heavier than that. The bike shop is telling me it's about mechanical efficiency. Meaning if you have a quality bike which is set up and running smooth with gearing and all that weight does'nt matter. What do you think?
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Old 09-09-08, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by thplmn72 View Post
Hey Rosie thanx for the reply. It takes me a couple of days to reply sometimes I don't stay at the computer much. I have not weighed the bike but I have a trek 7300 that weights 30 and it's heavier than that. The bike shop is telling me it's about mechanical efficiency. Meaning if you have a quality bike which is set up and running smooth with gearing and all that weight does'nt matter. What do you think?
Weight may not really matter on the flat, but going uphill it's always of significance. Even with gearing, you still have to do the same amount of work to lift that weight up that hill. What the gearing does is to let you do it by exerting less force on the pedals, but at the expense of having to make more revolutions of the pedals.

However...I'm 68, and I ride a 50 pound trike (a Sun EZ-3 AX). I feel the weight on hills, but because it's a trike, I can go as slowly as I want without worrying about keeping upright.
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Old 09-09-08, 11:37 AM
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Hey Rosie thanx for the reply. It takes me a couple of days to reply sometimes I don't stay at the computer much. I have not weighed the bike but I have a trek 7300 that weights 30 and it's heavier than that. The bike shop is telling me it's about mechanical efficiency. Meaning if you have a quality bike which is set up and running smooth with gearing and all that weight does'nt matter. What do you think?
A light bike is easier to carry up the steps to the front door.
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Old 09-09-08, 12:52 PM
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A light bike is easier to carry up the steps to the front door.

Yeah that too. I think if weight didn't matter why spend seven grand on a carbon bike?
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I ride in the mornings before work, meaning I start just around 6 am. Sometimes I see this little old lady from Newport Beach riding an old bike with pedal straps. We go opposite directions but I always wave and she always says hello. One day we end up riding in the same direction and I find out she's 85 years old and rides about 5 days a week and does walking daily to boot. For those of you who are familiar with Newport/Huntington Beach, she rides from Newport Shores Orange Street to Warner Avenue along the bike path.

Her bike is old, even kind of rusty. She goes slow, but always has a smile on her face. I think her bike weighs a lot but she manages. Next time I see her, I'll ask why she never got a new light weight bike.
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Old 09-09-08, 01:42 PM
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The thing with my riding partner is she needs to keep up with me .I do drop down to about 12 mph which is ok but any help with speed and ease would be good
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Well, thplmn72, riding the bike is proably a good indicator for your friend on how much easier it feels to pedal. Have her try some LBS models or REI. Most people who switch from big box store bikes to LBS quality feel a big difference that makes them smile.
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Old 09-10-08, 05:27 AM
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I like the look of the giant sudie. Think I'll go to lbs and have her test it. Is yours 7 speed or 21 ?
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What's the weight of the one she has? I'm thinking of a folder, of course... Dahon has a neat little stepthrough utility model with 20" tires that would be good for pootling around on weekends, picking up groceries, etc. It's not one of their cheaper models, but it might be ideal for weight and geometry.

http://dahon.com/us/ciaop8.htm
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My Giant Suede is a 7 speed. It has twist shifter. I like it fine for my relatively flat to rolling hills area. It's nice to have extra gears for strong winds too (which we get every spring for months on end). You might consider your friend's wrists - if she has arthritus (sp?) she might need another kind of shifter.

I've ridden the Trek Pure also - a 21 speed - it was great & super smooth riding. It cost more than I could afford. They're both nice bikes for the money.

I like Indie's idea of a folder too, if you can find any to test ride.
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