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Old 08-22-2013, 05:44 PM   #1
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What do you ride?

I have decided on my bike rack, now I need a bike. I have a Merlin road bike, but I just had hand surgery and want a more upright bike for riding on canal paths and roads. What do you ride and what do you suggest?
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:57 PM   #2
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My wife has a GT and I have a Cannondale. Both are mountain bikes.
For relatively smooth paths and dirt roads, a "city" bike works well. It has tires mid way between a road bike and a mountain bike and an upright seating posture. It has a derailleur and multiple chain wheels so you have enough gears. The thinner tires make it easier to pedal than a mountain bike. Friction brakes work well enough for your purposes. Hardcore mountain bikes have disc brakes. There are lots of similar brands. Best way to shop is to go to a bike store near you as you will take the bike there for tune ups. In other words, shop the store, not the bike.
For casual riding you should be able to get a suitable bike for $200-$300.
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:03 PM   #3
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I just sold a Trek 2.1 road bike. I have arthritis in the knees and hips and will not be riding anymore.
I still have a Trek "comfort" bike- essentially a mountain bike with city tires and a more upright seating position.
I also have a Linear recumbent bicycle. It is for sale.
My wife ha a Huffy beach cruiser from Walmart.
My daughter has a Sears Free Spirit mountain bike.
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:14 PM   #4
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My wife and I decided to buy folding bikes, easier to haul around being full timers. Long story short, we decided on Citizens bikes. Very adjustable, good reviews, bad decision. We have had numerous issues with them in the three months we have owned them. One tire split open on the side causing a flat, one bikes rear brakes broke, the other bikes front brakes snapped, two bolts fell out, lots of rusty areas already on the "chromed" areas. Plastic part snapped off. Citizens have sent me two replacement parts but we wish now we bought el cheapie as at least then we would've expected problems
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:18 PM   #5
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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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Old 08-22-2013, 06:20 PM   #6
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Trek Shift 3. Solid, great ride, positive shifts, fits great on the Fiamma bike rack.
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:24 PM   #7
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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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Brompton and Bike Friday are the top of the line. Tern and Dahon are decent. I have heard good things about Downtube, but have never seen one.

I ride vintage stuff. I have a several Raleigh Twenty folders... I don't recommend them because they are addictive. I started with one and now have 5 or maybe 6.

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No road bikes here. GT Avalanche 2.0 for the Mrs., and I ride a GT Zaskar Elite w/Mavic Crosstrails (UST).
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:22 PM   #9
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I have my parents folding bikes that weigh a ton each by Raleigh and I have a 39 year old Raleigh i gave my husband for our wedding. I was thinking of getting that one road ready....do u use super chain locks on the bike racks?
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:25 PM   #10
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I shopped a commuter trek 7.5 for a mere $689.00, smooth gears, step in frame, but hate the thought of putting a brand new bike out the back of AS. I might check Craig's list. On other hand vintage would be nice
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:40 PM   #11
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Cindy has an Electra Townie.

A three speed bike with an upright posture and the cranks nicely forward of the seat post.

It is a very comfortable campground bike.

Fits the AS Fiamma just fine with my Kona Big Kahuna.


I ride her's around the campground when I can steal it.



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I also had Merlin and it was the best bike ever! My son ended "stealing" it from me and after 20 years on the thing I thought it was time for a new one anyway. I then found out Merlin's were kaput and so I bought the closest thing to a Merlin I could find, a Moots. It is exactly like the Merlin to me! I absolutely love the ride of titanium. Check out Moots if you still want titanium. I also have and recommend the Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon mountain bike which is super for any off road adventure you can find. Moots is even more known for their mountain bikes and they have a model for everything. Check out Wrenchscience.com and you can custom build you whatever you want.
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Over 30 years ago I had a Motobecane road bike. I liked it but I really never road it. I liked motorcycling a lot more.

When it came time to get a bike for camping, I wanted to get another Motobecane. I learned after minimal research that they were no longer made in France and that they were made in China and just sold on the internet. It was kind of like "don't confuse me with the facts I have already made up my mind."

I looked at the one or two bike shops in town and everything seemed so expensive. I road one or two "Walmart" bikes that others had at campgrounds, but the frames were to small. Anyhow I know nothing about bikes, but did a little, very little, internet research. I bought a 700 HT Motobecane mountain bike because it got good reviews, it was aluminum colored and it had disc brakes. It fits me and has worked well since i ride it at a lot of music festivals that take place in fields. I thought I needed a mountain bike to take camping and I was right. I just wish it had a motor. I don't really like pedaling it.

I carry it in the Airstream and that has worked quite well for me.

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