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Old 03-10-16, 10:45 AM
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Hi! New from Ventura County, California

Hey Everyone!

So right now I own a steel-framed 1978 step-through kyoto 3 speed (skinny tires/cruiser style). That said, I can't climb a hill on it to save my life.

Since I'm new to cycling I've been doing a lot of research and my head is now spinning!

I have lot's of questions...

I was initially looking at one of those flat-footed technology bikes but the guy at my local bicycle shop said it reduces leverage on the crank making difficult to hill climb. The area live in is a hilly Suburb.

So last night, a championship road cyclist friend of mine told me "DO NOT buy a Hybrid". So upon further research this morning, I seem to find those that ride Hybrids almost always end up on a road bike...

That said, a road bike looks like a neck/back killer and every red light a road cyclist encounters; it seems as though they can't wait to be in an upright position! Other than alternate hand positioning and acceleration, is road bike really the way to go for a commute?

Btw, I should mention I'm a 5'1 lady so smaller bikes are better for me

Comments? Opinions? love? hate? free bikes?

Thank you,
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Old 03-10-16, 10:55 AM
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Welcome to Bike Forums. Climbing a hill on a 3 speed would kill almost anyone. You need more gears.

Road bikes aren't necessarily neck or back killers. I have spinal stenosis and my spine doc said my road bikes are the best thing for my back. Leaning over the handlebars stretches out the spine.

Stop by a few bike shops and test ride all the bikes that appeal to you.
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Old 03-10-16, 10:46 PM
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Old 03-19-16, 10:59 AM
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Just an update:

Thank you guys for the warm welcome ...I now think I'm gonna save my pennies for a road bike. I had a good talk with my super pro cyclist friend and it seems like a road bike is the way to go.
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