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Old 02-14-04, 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted by TX WJ
Here is my old Jeep, I had tags that said TX WJ on it.
Wow... that's a nice rig... love the ARB bumper, rockrails, confer rack... Looks like you had a 3" lift on it too and 31" M/Ts. I've got a '98 5.9L ZJ similarly equipped sans the ARB (waiting to knock my current bumper off first) and confer.


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I hear what you are saying about growing into another bike, and that may happen. But now I need buy what fits us the best. I really enjoyed riding before, and I am looking forward to riding again. My GF used to ride too, and now this is something that we can do together.
The whole point is to get you riding. Whatever makes that enjoyable is all you need for now. I'm glad to hear you're both getting back into it.


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Today, I bought two Specilized Expedition Sports today, one for me and one for my girl friend. I think that they are a good choice for us, they felt the best of the bikes we tested.
Yep... that's all that matters. I actually wasn't cautioning against the bike. Quite the opposite really. I was just recommending that you should keep in mind that your needs will probably grow. You will most undoubtedly discover things you like and things you'll want in your next bike as your needs grow. I wouldn't recommend anyone buy a whole lot more bike than they need unless they can anticipate with accurate foresight and forecasting what their future needs will be.


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Thanks for your advice, no I have to figure out the best way to carry the bikes in my truck to the park.
You might want to consider something like this:



Or you could construct something similar using fork-mounts bolted to a plywood base.

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Old 02-14-04, 08:36 PM
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Originally Posted by khuon
Wow... that's a nice rig... love the ARB bumper, rockrails, confer rack... Looks like you had a 3" lift on it too and 31" M/Ts. I've got a '98 5.9L ZJ similarly equipped sans the ARB (waiting to knock my current bumper off first) and confer.
Actually it was a 4 inch Tera, and 32 inch BFG's. So you have a 5.9 Cool. Are you on www.jeepsunlimited.com



Originally Posted by khuon
You might want to consider something like this:



Or you could construct something similar using fork-mounts bolted to a plywood base.

That first one looks great except my tonneau cover mounts inside the bed there, so that would not work.

I was looking for something like that second one. They wanted like $80 for this board that they mount too and then $20 for the actual brackets. I guess that I could make something like that myself.
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Old 02-15-04, 12:39 AM
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Originally Posted by TX WJ
Actually it was a 4 inch Tera, and 32 inch BFG's. So you have a 5.9 Cool. Are you on www.jeepsunlimited.com
I am but I haven't posted in a long time. I also lurk on the zj/wj mailing list and from time to time will post.

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I was looking for something like that second one. They wanted like $80 for this board that they mount too and then $20 for the actual brackets. I guess that I could make something like that myself.
Yeah, Hollywood Racks sells the fork-mounts for $20/ea but I bet you could find similar ones cheaper elsewhere. Then all you need is a plywood board that you cut to fit. You'll probably want to figure out some way to anchor it in the bed to keep the whole assembly from sliding about. I would also recommend another board (or just make it all one big board) with a couple of slots in it so you could string some long velcro straps through. Then use the straps to hold down the rear wheels. You can probably find velcro straps at a hardware or craft store.
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Another thing you might want to check out is the Delta Tailgator.



Delta looks like they also sell a line of fork-mounts. The basic ones go for $16/ea.
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Old 06-06-07, 01:39 PM
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I was actually looking for threads on trailer bikes, when I stumbled upon this thread. I bought my Trek Navigator 200 back in 2002, and am still happy with it as a good, basic, all-around bike.

Some time ago, I saw someone advertize Comfort Bikes as the "SUV of Biking". In many ways it is so true. If you can realistically only justify one bike in your garage, this might be it. I live in a rural area, yet do all kinds of riding with it. It is not great at anything (other than supreme comfort for my 50 year old joints), but is relatively good at most things I ask of it.

Sometimes we throw all of the bikes on the rack and go over to either the rail trail or a park with nice paved paths. Attach the Burley trailer and go at it for a few hours. Yesterday I picked up a Gary Fisher 206 trailer bike as my little one is getting bored with the trailer. You want something substantial with wider handlebars when pulling such a load. I watched someone with a drop bar road bike get pulled all over the place by their squirmy kid.

Other days I end up in Tymor Forest with my older daughter doing light duty trail and mountain biking. Without those wider tires, I'd never get thru the mud or loose stone.

As a solo machine on paved country roads it is somewhat heavy and slow, but having decently wide gearing, I found that I kept up better than expected, especially if I air up the tires. And when I wanted to take a mile shortcut across a rough field between paved sections, I went where the narrow 700mm guys dared not travel.

So don't write off the comfort bike until you give it a try and consider what kind and variety of riding you expect to be doing.
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Old 06-29-07, 05:43 PM
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I also have the Specialized Expedition, but be advised the Sport or Elite seats leave much to be desired. I purchased the Elite due to the upgrades and after my first 15 mile ride my "cheeks" found the hard plastic under the poor excuse they call foam. Luckly the store I bought it from allowed me to swap out seats at no cost and I am now using a Avenir comfort saddle.
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Old 06-29-07, 11:49 PM
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Whoa...a thread from 2003...

In any case, a comfort bike or a cruiser bike are very versatile. The upright riding position is better for balancing and handling loads, like grocery or mall shopping. May not be the fastest or the most technologically advanced, but it gets the job done and it's fun to ride. It all depends on what you want your bike to do, what tasks you ask of it, and the distance(s) involved.
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Old 07-01-07, 12:25 PM
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Hi,

First post here. I just picked up a Trek Pure and really like it. It's my first bike since a Redline 600A about 25 years ago. Probably been about 20 since I last rode a bike. My kids are getting old enough now for biking and I could really use the exercise. I had my first ride yesterday and was pretty shakey but after about an hour it all came back to me.

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Old 07-02-07, 05:08 PM
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Congrats on the Trek Pure. I test rode one and really liked it for comfort and the pedals that are forward, lower to the ground, etc. Hope you have as much fun as I have been having on my Suede (Giant) - the bike I wound up with. Loved them both but had better service with the Giant shop.
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