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Old 05-09-16, 04:04 PM
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Seeking advice - hybrid or comfort/cruiser bike? (pull single trailer and arthritis)

Hi. Would appreciate feedback on brands, etc for a bike to pull a single-child trailer and something that is easy on the body as I have rheumatoid arthritis. I used to bike a lot but tried using my old Giant and kills my hands/wrists especially. Checked out a (21 speed) Townie at local bike shop and loved it comfort-wise but not sure how practical it would be for hills (many in our city). They didn't have a lot of hybrids to test which was disappointing. Have heard of the Allant and like the lower price point. Appreciate your feedback and/or hearing about similar experiences. Miss biking and would love to get active again plus share the fun with my children. Thank you!
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Old 05-09-16, 04:21 PM
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Are you used to pulling a trailer or will that be new? They are pretty heavy with a child in them and make hills much more difficult. I would guess a 21 speed bike would have pretty low gears for hills, but you could add a granny gear too. Also, have you considered electric assist? Still allows you to get exercise, but could help with the hills.
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Rather than X"speeds" check out the NuVinci CVR 360 hub./. you just twist the grip until the effort feels right.

If it's hilly consider a Mid drive motor conversion... more torque, than an in wheel motor can create..
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Get a bike that's comfortable for you first - towing second.
I tow a double-trailer with my road bike (Synapse) and, while I sometimes wish I had a lower gear for hills, it does the job with both kids.

Mountain bikes often have lower gearing that others and it'll help when hauling the trailer up a hill. Look at the gearing on your own bike as a gauge on if you want/need lower gearing when towing.
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Given the wrist pain, I'd have to say go with the Townie or a Day 6 Dream. Both will take the weight off your wrists. Get used to riding it alone and try it on the hills first. Then if you need to, you can go electric assist with mid drive. Or you could see if you can find a 2015 Townie Go on sale. Already electrified and I've seen them on sale for a pretty good savings over the 2016
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