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GRom2011-07-12 20:18:19 +0000 #1
Hi everyone!

This is such a great site! I've been surfing around men sites for too long!

Ok, here is the reason for this post -

I hadn't ridden a bike for a long time for more than a couple miles down the road. The bike I have right now is an Eddie Bower I got at a garage sale for $20 :-P (ok, that may shock some people here lol)

Then I met a guy who likes biking and we have been all over the place - started with 30 miles (got lost, it was unintentional) and progressed from there. Our longest ride so far was 70 miles but we are thinking of doubling that before long.

Which comes to this - I NEED A NEW BIKE! Desperately!

We don't race, so speed is not the issue here. However, I live in FL where there are lots of sandy paths and trails and my thin tires cannot handle them. We have also done some light mountain biking paths along the way... so I was thinking either a mountain bike or a hybrid?

Could anyone make some suggestions on what to get? I have seen so many nice looking bikes but I have no idea what is the best (and most reasonably priced) option for the kind of cycling I do.

Thanks!


indysteel2011-07-12 20:21:59 +0000 #2
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Originally Posted by GRom

Hi everyone!

This is such a great site! I've been surfing around men sites for too long!

Ok, here is the reason for this post -

I hadn't ridden a bike for a long time for more than a couple miles down the road. The bike I have right now is an Eddie Bower I got at a garage sale for $20 :-P (ok, that may shock some people here lol)

Then I met a guy who likes biking and we have been all over the place - started with 30 miles (got lost, it was unintentional) and progressed from there. Our longest ride so far was 70 miles but we are thinking of doubling that before long.

Which comes to this - I NEED A NEW BIKE! Desperately!

We don't race, so speed is not the issue here. However, I live in FL where there are lots of sandy paths and trails and my thin tires cannot handle them. We have also done some light mountain biking paths along the way... so I was thinking either a mountain bike or a hybrid?

Could anyone make some suggestions on what to get? I have seen so many nice looking bikes but I have no idea what is the best (and most reasonably priced) option for the kind of cycling I do.

Thanks!

Glad you're having so much fun and welcome to TE.

From what you've described, I would consider a cross bike first and foremost. That's basically a road bike with slightly different geometry and wider tires. Alternatively, I'd look at touring bikes. Again, it's mostly a road bike but allows for racks and renders for touring and wider tires. You might look at Jamis or Surly bikes as a starting point.

A hybrid might serve your purposes, but for rides that long, I'd prefer to have the option to move my hands around. Plus, I like being to get low in the drops of my handlebars when it's windy. I assume you get some winds in Florida, right?
Biciclista2011-07-12 20:36:40 +0000 #3
I'd start sauntering through bike shops looking for bikes. Don't be in a hurry. remember, you're buying not just the bike, but a relationship with the bike shop. If they're worth your patronage, they will find you a good bike in your price range.

for what it's worth, I rode a $10 3 speed garage sale bike which only had 2 working gears for about 3 years before I got serious enough to want and deserve a bike that actually worked right.

and welcome to TE!
GRom2011-07-12 21:16:44 +0000 #4
Thank you ladies!

I didn't think much about touring bikes because they look so much like road bikes and I know for a fact that wouldn't work for me (because of the sand - it is really bad sometimes and it has been the case where it was a no-way-out deal. You have to cross it, there is no turning back)

So you think the cross overs or touring bikes have tires that are thick enough for this?

As far as bike shops go, I've checked 3 of them. One is really close to me, so I would like to buy from them because of the service being so close. However, they do tend to confuse me a lot. Is a men's bike better than a women's ? I've only spoken to men at the bike shops and they tend to agree that there is no point in getting a woman's bike. But then reading online, it makes sense that there would be bikes designed for women's bodies... so which is it?

Can you guys also tell me what specs I should be looking for? Argh... I don't feel I was this confused when I got my first CAR! Lol

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