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Old 08-22-2013, 11:33 PM   #15
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Great question. It's interesting reading everyone's response.

Having recently retired from nearly 40 years in the bike business I highly recommend the Trek Dual Sport bikes. As I've aged I realize comfort is the most important feature I want in any bike I ride. Whether it's road, city, mountain etc.

Go and test ride a bunch of different bikes. Any good quality bike shop will be able to help you pick a model that fits your needs. If not, shop elsewhere. They'll also be able to service your machine when the time comes.

I picked a dual sport bike because it's great for riding around the camp ground but suitable for off-road trail riding, if that interests you. Our most recent trip allowed us some great off-road riding opportunities in the Grand Tetons and bike path riding in Madison WI.

Oh, good luck finding the perfect bike.
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Old 08-22-2013, 11:40 PM   #16
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I'm riding a trusty old Yeti ARC (built when they were still John Parker's company down in Durango), and the wife has a nice Fisher Paragon.
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:45 AM   #17
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Well I ride a fair amount, so I have a few bikes. But if I can only take one and I may be on dirt/gravel, I take my trusty 20 year old Merlin hard tail. And I still smile every time I ride it.

My road ride is a Specialized Roubaix and my full suspension is an S-Works Epic.
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Old 08-23-2013, 07:15 AM   #18
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We have 2 Electra Townies. One's a 7 speed and the other a 21 speed with fork suspension. Pedals are forward so you sit back and glide along...
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Old 08-23-2013, 07:53 AM   #19
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We both ride Giant Sedonas which are classed as "comfort bikes." They are upright bikes with medium width tires. I would not ride them in the "woods" but they ride stable on un-paved roads and gravel as well as pavement. My wife's is a "step-thru frame which makes it easy on and off.
So many good choices!!
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:23 AM   #20
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I have an older K2 mountain bike with big, fat knobby tires that I'm wearing off rapidly. Got one of these seats that I do not recommend for anybody that doesn't really need it:




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Old 08-23-2013, 08:45 AM   #21
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At home we ride Specialized hybrids, on the road we take the single speed Electras. Jim
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:16 AM   #22
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:51 AM   #23
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I'd go to a good local bike shop and they should ask you appropriate questions to determine what bike is best for you and your needs. The folding bikes are compact when folded up sure are heavy compared to non folding. While mountain bikes are the most versatile the hybrids, city bikes and even geared beach cruisers are fairly versatile as well. Be sure and ride different types of bikes and really think what you plan to use the bikes for. You don't have to spend a fortune to get a quality proper fitting bike and the local shop should be able to help.

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We're thinking of getting folding bikes as well. Are there any brands that are quality bikes?

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We ride Bike Fridays. We have one tandem folding bike as my wife is visually impaired and loves to bike. It breaks down into a pod we carry, and for my solo rides I have a Pocket Llama Bike Friday. Both are 27 speeds and in the 6 years we have owned them we have had no issues,and they are custom made for our riding style and needs.
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We have two Specialized Expeditions they are OK but I would suggest you check out the Catikes very comfortable and fun to ride. Official Catrike Recumbent Trikes
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Nice, Lewster.
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Be sure and ride different types of bikes and really think what you plan to use the bikes for. You don't have to spend a fortune to get a quality proper fitting bike and the local shop should be able to help.

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Absolutely. But personally, I've had fun spending a fortune at times too.
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That is less than 10% of the total collection

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