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Old 08-24-2013, 11:28 AM   #43
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I have been cycling for 30 years and the best bike for "you" must start with the question "what you are using it for". In my case I have 3. A carbon fiber Giant road bike, a Cannondale touring bike, and a Trek city bike all of which are geared and rigged for their specific use. Ask yourself, what I am I going to do with the bike? Ride to the shower? Ride off road some? Do some rides over 15 miles? Kick around the camp ground? When you know what you going to use it for then we can tell you what kind of bike you should have and how much you need to spend to achieve the performance required. All of the bikes mentioned so far are good bikes but all of them function best in differing situations.
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Old 08-24-2013, 12:58 PM   #44
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I have owned many bikes over the years and now look for comfort! I was tired of looking down and missing the view and the seat was never a friend of mine. I just bought a recumbent bike by Cruzbike and love it. It is like sitting in a chair, high enough to be seen and I can bike for a longer time. There is a two week learning curve but I would never go back to a traditional bike again.
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Old 08-24-2013, 04:02 PM   #45
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1999 TREK Y-Glide

Have a 99 TREK Y-Glide, some call it old, I call it classic. Not much for the road rider. I ride mostly fields, dirt roads, gravel, and the occasional black top, works great for me.
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Old 08-24-2013, 04:33 PM   #46
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Sue and I bought Bonnie and Clyde - Trek Cruisers - I'm thinking about 7-10 years ago. Great bikes for local rails to trails but I'm not sure they make them anymore. Info below from Bikepedia.

Clyde is also great for towing your trailer :-)


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Old 08-24-2013, 04:40 PM   #47
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This summer I stayed at a park in SC that was spread out distance-wise. People were riding bikes, electric bikes, scooters, golf carts, etc. We walked. When I got home I shopped and ended up purchasing something that I could use when camping or just anytime:

Honda PCX150 weight 268 lbs fits in the bed of the truck.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:08 AM   #48
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Giant Escape 1 for me. Good for mild off-road, and on-road riding.

My wife has a Schwinn, though I don't remember the exact model, but it's in the same bracket as the Escape 1. Neither bike has suspension, although my wife's saddle has a few springs in it. Suspension adds weight without providing much return for the type of riding we do (usually hard trails, though sometimes dirt and the like - no rough single track or anything like that).

So far both have been good bikes. Both use 700 cm tires, albeit somewhat wider and with some tread, unlike the tires on my Cannondale road bike.

My one gripe with her Schwinn is that removing the front wheel is a bit harder because the brakes don't swing apart far enough when they're released; mine will drop right out once the brake is released. It's not a major complaint, just one of those minor annoyances.
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:26 AM   #49
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It's great to see how many people enjoy bike riding and the variety of bikes both new and old being used.
Get out and go for a ride.
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:28 AM   #50
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:25 PM   #51
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I made my decision, thank you for all the great stories. I went with Trek Verve 4. Step in style, wide range of use potential. Hate the seat. I am use to my tiny terry seat on my Merlin road bike. I was in Pittsburgh last weekend, stayed 10 feet from an amazing trail system.

I did not purchase a computer, rather quite liking the "map my ride" app. Only thing, I never remember to pause when I stop. My cycling has changed for me for now, so Mph not as importAnt anymore. Good news, although still in early recovery, my hand surgery seemed to work, no more sleepy left hand. My right hand however continues to snooze away and is annoying. I have some neat grips shaped more like a little paddle on the ends.

Up to Saratoga this weekend for work and a little pedaling. Thanks for all your stories and ideas. My bike rack gets installed on the 16th. Now need to fashion some sort of cover to keep gears reasonably clean.
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:57 PM   #52
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I want a 300 cc Vespa. It should fit in the pickup bed.
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:04 PM   #53
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I ride a LeMond Buenos Aires road bike; very light and very fast, though not the most comfortable.

Have my old Eclipse 300 "Mountain Bike" (got it new in '93 and have rebuilt it since then...would be called a "commuter bike" now) that runs like a top.

And, I have a Harley Davidson V-Rod when I really want to move out

They're all fun!
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:45 PM   #54
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Terra Trike with a Aosom trailer for Ben to ride in.
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:21 AM   #55
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Several friends of mine are doing the Great Allegheny Passage/C&O Canal trails in the next few days - some from Pittsburgh to DC, others from DC to Pittsburgh (they don't know each other...what a coincidence!).

My wife and I rented a tandem to ride last weekend. We did a loop around BWI airport (supposedly ~11 miles, but my GPS said it was only 10.4). Talk about a relationship builder...communication is critical on a tandem!
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:33 AM   #56
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We have a tandem also, I drive and my wife tells me where to go; even when we get off the bike. Should I listen?
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