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Old 05-19-2011, 05:38 PM   #15
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Go hybrid

Hybrid, hybrid, hybrid. Did I mention hybrids? They are perfect for road and many easier trails. I ride one, I use it traveling and for commuting and some grocery shopping. Gears are essential! Low gears and faster cadence (RPM) is easier going in the long run and much, much easier on the knees. Go to the bike shop, talk with the people. I am a fan of Trek bikes, in the entry range. I ride the Trek 700 and I would guess it is in the $500 range BUT you should be able to pick up good used ones for much less. Get good seats, use them regularly so you will be able to ride them comfortably. Once you work up to five miles you will find the going much easier than when you start out and a mile seems like a lot. I suspect that age is not as big of deal as you might think- look at all the older folks riding cross-country; they seem to be the rule rather than the exception. Get bikes you can grow into. Good luck, you are going to love the opportunites the bikes open up for you.


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Old 05-19-2011, 05:49 PM   #16
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A 3 speed with a twist changer is nice.
A cruser being best ride.
Maybe a 24" so your not so high in the saddle.

Don't get a tandem, as she will work your A$$ off !

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Old 05-19-2011, 06:50 PM   #17
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A little off course, but I am going to look into a couple of electric motor bikes. I hear of some of them that have small electric motors to assist and even propel the bikes, actually for quite a distance. Would be light, and nice to run into town. I am basically talking about a bicycle with a small engine attached.

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Old 05-19-2011, 07:15 PM   #18
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I have been riding a Trek 26" for about 10 years. It good for road, bike paths, or trails. The shop added a wide senior citizen seat to fit my ss hiney (skinny ones are a pain and can do damage) with a height extension since I am tall. I added a flat rack in the rear for carrying things, a water bottle with holder, and a pump/repair kit mounted above the pedals below the seat.

DW chose a 24" Huffey, second hand from Craigs List. We took off the basket since she did not use it. We added a water bottle with holder, a new gel seat, new smooth tires, new brake pads, and changed the handle bars to fit her shortness. It looks new now. She does not ride trails, so it's roads and paths for her.

We use a bike rack inside the trailer that sits on the floor. It is tied in place with a couple of bungies. If we carry any odds and ends with us when on the bikes we use a light back pack. If we carry a picnic we strap a cooler on the rack on the back of my bike.

We have ridden more this year than since we were kids.

If you are not familiar with adjusting a bike, I recommend buying from a good bike shop so they can set it up to fit you. If it does not feel good, you will not ride. Try riding a few different styles, and then get what feels good to you!
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Old 05-19-2011, 07:28 PM   #19
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Local bike shop is best place to start, they will let you ride them around the block and few times, you will know what you like and what you don't.

Another possibility if nearby: REI.

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Old 05-19-2011, 07:57 PM   #20
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My feelings are that you would be happy with an inexpensive mountain bike or hybrid.

My wife and I have mountain bikes we bought for about $300 each about fifteen years ago! They are still going strong!

We don't ride far, often just around the park, but sometimes on longer rides, probably the longest would be about 30 miles.

Being inexpensive, we don't worry about them getting covered in bugs or scratched up on the bike carrier on the front of the truck - nor worry about anyone stealing them!

We are long past the age of wanting high end bikes to impress anyone, and ours do the job just fine whether riding around the park, on a trail, or into town! I have panniers (saddle bags) on mine in case we want to do a bit of local grocery shgopping without taking the truck, and sometimes I will clip a GPS on the bars if we don;t know where we are exploring!

I would think a single speed "Cruiser" type bike would be fine for just around the campsite, but I'd want a few gear selections for any other riding.

I'd like to try one of those recumbent bikes, but just think it would be too much of a hassle to transport two of them - maybe there are tricks I don't know!

Whatever you decide, you;ll have fun, and its good exercise!

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Old 05-19-2011, 09:17 PM   #21
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I would suggest the following features:

* upright seating position (much easier on older backs)
* multiple speeds w/ internal hub (less maintenance, mess)
three speeds are fine for short trips; long trips w/ wind &
hills are easier w/ more gears.
* comfortable seat, but not too soft.
* buy one at a local bicycle shop rather than a toy store

You'll spend more than you planned unless you can find these used, but
you'll be much happier.

Breezer and Electra both make nice bikes in these niches.

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Old 05-19-2011, 09:24 PM   #22
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Tincanland, could you explain how (our) recumbents are DANGEROUS TO RIDE, HARD TO SEE IN TRAFFIC ???

Actually they are no more dangerous than any bike in traffic. We ride trails or low traffic areas, both with the recumbents and our old-fashioned bikes, for safety.

But dangerous to ride, that's a good one.

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Old 05-19-2011, 09:37 PM   #23
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I love love love my Electra (nothing to do with electric) 3 speed internal hub Townie . As a matter of fact just came in from a half hour ride. It's a pleasure.
It's aluminium, just like my airstream.
DH has a hybrid with a good solid frame for a good solid fellow. Trek Navigator 20.

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Old 05-19-2011, 09:46 PM   #24
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They are heavy, rattle, do not stay adjusted and often do not have replaceable parts.
A hybrid will be your best choice. They are like a cross between a mt bike, a road bike and a cruiser.
You sit more upright and this will be friendlier for your back. But take note, an upright position will put more weight on your seat and this will reduce the comfort level there.
As a "roadie" I can tell you that a tiny seat with a forward position is way more comfortable on your rear end than a big cushy seat on an upright bike. Low and forward puts your weight on your pedals instead of your hind end. This position is not the best for sight seeing and you have to be quite agile to feel safe. Leave the road bikes to the serious riders.
Cruisers tend to be too upright and somewhat unstable. I hate riding on resort trails with people on rented cruisers swerving all over the place. The handle bars are so wide that they take up the whole path with all their bobbing an weaving. I have been run off paths. They are very heavy and seldom have gears. They are all look and very little substance.
You can put baldies on a mountain bike. That would be my personal choice as I find the hybrid geometry less stable. A mt bike tends to put more weight on your arms than the upright hybrid.
The gearing on a hybrid will be more conducive to sight seeing. You will want gears. Single speeds are only suitable for flat coastal riding.
Front suspension is very nice and will enhance the comfort of you arms, shoulders and hands. I know it doesn't add much weight on a bike in the $500 range. I am not sure about your price range but I would check into it.
Cross bikes are an option too but they have the upright position of a road bike. They are suitable for fire roads and mild to moderate off-road trails.
Hybrids are also set up to easily add racks and packs. This makes them nice for shopping.
There are also commuter bikes which can look similar to a cruiser, hybrid or road bike. I would go that route before I'd go for a cruiser. They are very metro and appeal to city dwellers, delivery riders and espresso drinkers.

Get the best bike you can afford at a real bike shop and don't forget the helmets!!!
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Old 05-19-2011, 10:48 PM   #25
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Hi I've been riding bikes for years all different kinds,My advice is go to a bike store so you'll get a good fit ( the right height).You will get great advice too at a really good bike store.DO NOT go to a big box store they just don't care if a bike fits you or how your going to be riding.Iwould go for a geared hybrid with handle bars that allow you to sit up straight,A road bike wheels are to skinny and will kill the small of your back as you get older.Don't go cheap either like 125 dollars .You should ride a bike with smooth tires no knobbies .Knobbies really slow you down. Also look at consumers reports for bike quality and ride.But most of all find a good bike shop with lots of bike choices Good Luck and always were a helment.
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Old 05-19-2011, 11:00 PM   #26
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I'm from the #1 bike city in the country, I own 3 bikes, 1 of which I built.
The vintage beach cruiser is heavy, has coaster breaks but us great for potholes, sand and snow. The 70s French road bike is lightweight, I built it to ride upright like an English bike, very comfortable, but fixed gear. The other 70s road bike (Italian) is for touring. I never use it. If you built your Airstream you can build your own bike. It's simple.

I would recommend a vintage frame from 1970s- only French, Italian, Japanese or from Taiwan. They are all known for their bikes, all of which were very light and have stronger steel frames than what exists now. They also have ridiculous resale values, unlike American bikes. Just think about the popular bike cultures around the world (Dutch (Batavus), French (Gitane, Peugeot), Italian (Bianchi), English (Raleigh), Chinese (?) and check out what they've been riding for decades. Americans have a lot of catching up to do. I would also recommend a sprung saddle- one that has springs. Don't buy a shock absorbing seat post or fork, they just make your ride bouncier. The width of the handle bars should only be as wide as your shoulders, so your arms are directly in front of you. Wider handlebars make for off-balance, zig-zag riding. Pick your frame first and choose your wheels for specific terrain, as you would a car.
Nobody really needs knobby mountain bike tires, go for a smoother wheel, high PSI. Buy a Blackburn air pump, they have a lifetime warranty.

Sheldon Brown (R.I.P.) has been the authority on bikes on the internet for years. You will find everything you need to know about bikes on his website.
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Old 05-21-2011, 02:59 PM   #27
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The other 70s road bike (Italian) is for touring. I never use it.
If you built your Airstream you can build your own bike. It's simple.
If you do not use it, what is it's purpose?
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Old 05-21-2011, 06:11 PM   #28
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Barts is giving you some good advice above. I'll add ... If you are 70 and just looking for a comfortable and easy ride, I'd recommend any appropriately sized aluminum comfort bike with gears. If you are willing to spend a little bit more, the ideal bike would be an aluminum comfort bike with gears AND easy entry. Here's an example: About BIRIA

And as Mi Silver said ... please wear a helmet.
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