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Old 04-02-2015, 11:59 AM   #15
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As an avid biker you know how everybody has their own specific preferences re bike type. Thus the wide variety of responses. Just go to your bike shop and try out different types and buy what YOU think fits you best. I found a fairly simple mountain bike my best choice...which also works on hard-packed beaches. jon
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Old 04-02-2015, 12:25 PM   #16
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For years I rode a "up right" bike; but with neck, wrist and "private" problems I went to a recumbent bike. These are very comfortable bike. I just purchased a recumbent trike that folds for ease of transportation. These bikes come in several different models, road,mountain and now the fat tire. They also now come in an electric version. This bike will do 20 mph out of the box, but with adjustment of the electronics they have been clocked at 85 mph. Would I try that; I don't think so!!!
My wife also has a trike and loves it.
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Old 04-02-2015, 12:46 PM   #17
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Check out Rivendell bikes at rivbike.com.

Grant builds awesome beautifully crafted steel bikes. He's a bit of a "retro grouch". You'll see stuff there that hasn't been mainstream in a while but will do exactly what you are looking for.

The Homer Hilson frame us his premier do it all frameset. The Sam Hillborn very similar fir a better price point.

I think of this company a lot like Airstream. Spend a bit of time on the site and the blogs. Get a feel for who they are. As an Airstreamer i bet you "get it" quickly.


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Old 04-02-2015, 12:55 PM   #18
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Get a hybrid. They're good for on road and light off roading (dirt trails and such). Any bike is going to be a compromise. I can't imagine going without multiple gears, though, and they don't require THAT much maintenance.

We usually take both our road bikes and our hybrids with us on longer trips.
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Old 04-02-2015, 01:46 PM   #19
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.....I can't believe ANYTHING can beat my single speed, coaster brake
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Too bad they don't make 'em like that anymore. Schwinn is now a Chinese company. The Huffy Walmart bike that looks like that is a hard to ride piece of junk.


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Old 04-02-2015, 01:47 PM   #20
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For years I rode a "up right" bike; but with neck, wrist and "private" problems I went to a recumbent bike. These are very comfortable bike. I just purchased a recumbent trike that folds for ease of transportation. These bikes come in several different models, road,mountain and now the fat tire. They also now come in an electric version. This bike will do 20 mph out of the box, but with adjustment of the electronics they have been clocked at 85 mph. Would I try that; I don't think so!!!
My wife also has a trike and loves it.
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Second vote for recumbent-
Still got my original Iowa-built Linear long wheel base under seat steering recumbent- very comfortable bike-


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Old 04-02-2015, 01:49 PM   #21
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I say this in the most loving way, I should have just asked which hitch to buy!
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Old 04-02-2015, 01:50 PM   #22
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29" Unicycle. More portable and good for road and trail. You do have to work on that balance thing though.
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Old 04-02-2015, 01:51 PM   #23
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Funny. I've actually ridden a unicycle.
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Old 04-02-2015, 02:29 PM   #24
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Tmi???

I know you are feeling inundated with info, but I'll add my 2 cents.

I'm 71 and used to ride a lot (particularly commuting). Also rode with the Potomac Pedalers. I have both a good but older Trek road bike (2300 ZX) and a Trek hard tail mountain bike (FX 6500). The latter is modified to include fairly slick tires, fenders and a Tubus rear rack with Ortlieb panniers. The bike gets lots of use going to the store for groceries. I don't really like either bike with the Airstream. The 6500 is heavy and the road bike won't take the rear rack and panniers.

I vote for a touring bike with a steel frame. Rivendell is great but spendy. I'm looking at the Surly long-haul trucker or disc trucker. Relaxed geometry and very comfy with a Brooks saddle. Yes, lots of gears, but I haven't found keeping bikes reasonably tuned on the road to be a problem. BTW, I use the Fiamma rear bike rack.
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I think I would go with an appropriately sized mountain bike with two sets of wheels. One set with an off-road tire, the other with high pressure fat boys for the pavement. Maybe different gearing for each set. Get a good quality seat, pedals and shoes, and any of the other gear that you normally use. An alternative would be the touring frame with 700c rims that was previously mentioned.
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I say this in the most loving way, I should have just asked which hitch to buy!
That's the fun thing about asking for opinions.....everyone has one!
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Old 04-02-2015, 03:15 PM   #27
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That's the fun thing about asking for opinions.....everyone has one!
Yeah, but I'm the only one who's right.
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Old 04-02-2015, 03:18 PM   #28
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I have found a fat tire bike will work well for all kinds of terrain you may encounter in your travels as a full time RV'er. Campgrounds have mostly dirt trails and in Florida, you will encounter sugar sand. I take my Trek Navigator, has a fat tire. It is perfect for unpaved campgrounds, dirt trails and great in gentle sugar sand. And i can ride it on the road too. It's not an expensive bike, so no worries about it being exposed to weather conditions, and protecting it like a high end road bike. Tires on a hybrid, even if they are knobbies can't be ridden on some surfaces.
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