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    Looking for a bicycle for the summer.. nothing crazy. Anyone have any recommendations? Thanks a lot!

    - Ryan

  • #2
    Check garage sales. Get a used bike. The best bike I've ever had is my old mountain bike that I bought in the early 90s. I put smooth tires on it and bolted a Jandd grocery bag on the rear rack (so it won't fall off and nobody will steal it.) I put a shorter neck on it so I don't hurt my privates as I ride. The thing is indestructible and I can use it for bike commuting. When I bought it I chose it because it felt responsive, which means when I pedal I can feel the forward motion with each stroke. This was way more important to me than the bike being light and fast. It may not be fast in absolute terms, but the responsive feeling makes it feel fast.

    With a bike like this, I don't worry about theft, I can ride it everywhere and use it for any purpose, with the exception perhaps of super gnarly trails, but I'm not into that.

    If you really want a new bike, look into what they call a cyclo-cross bike. They're versatile like mountain bikes but a little more like road bikes. You might find one used, too.
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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    • #3
      Just depends on what kind of biking you want to do. Need more info. General all around utility, the Trek 700 has been popular for a long time for good reasons. But if you can be more specific...use, price, ect... you can get some good input here.

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      • #4
        depends on what you plan on using it for and what your budget is. so ???

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        • #5
          We love our Breezers

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          • #6
            Thanks for the responses guys! Looking for a casual, recreational bike to ride around the neighborhood.

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            • #7
              Budget is definitely less than $500.

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              • #8
                Crank Forward

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                • #9
                  you can get a pretty decent bike with a $500 budget. i strongly recommend going to your local shop and taking a few different bikes for a test ride. i'm a huge fan of specialized bikes, but trek has made great improvements recently. since you aren't planning on thrashing singletrack or doing crazy downhill, buy something you feel comfortable riding. and don't let the shop oversell you on something you don't need. if you are in the nj/pa area, i can recommend 2-3 good shops.

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                  • #10
                    Yes, I'm in north/central NJ.

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                    • #11
                      Well...for casual riding...I still like my Trek 700 suggestion. It is a sturdy well made bike that is in your budget area. It is also adaptable if you want something more road like or trail like later. The hybrid tires have enough bite that you can do easy trails.

                      I for one would encourage you to consider carefully whether you want a "comfort" seat or a traditional seat. While it is true that regular seats get uncomfortable when you are starting out, if you ride much at all, you need to build those muscles and soon that goes away. But, if you only pull it out once a week for an easy ride through the neighborhood, maybe a cruzer is good. Nothing wrong with that. Also keep in mind that if your use patterns change over time, the saddle is easy to replace. Don't pick a bike because of "comfort" features.

                      And I agree...I would go to a bike shop and talk with the sales people. Sizing the bike is pretty important and some help will go a long ways. The local shops are always the best, but if you have access, REI or Performance are good places to get information as you amble toward this decision. And if you were wondering, Wal-Mart is NOT a good place to check out.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ryan54 View Post
                        Yes, I'm in north/central NJ.
                        i'll PM ya

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                        • #13
                          I second the Trek recommendation. I have a Gary Fisher/Trek Marlin 29er and love it. Being 6'4" and a starting weight of 380# made a mountain bike a necessity, plus I do eventually want to take it off-road. I would recommend you don't buy it new though, plenty of deals to be had on CraigsList. They do have a steel framed model 820 which is a little heavier, but indestructible. Should be able to find something a year or two old in the $200 - $400 range pretty easy.
                          SW on 10/1/11: 380lbs.
                          CW 12/13/12: 315lbs. (Was under 300#, added some muscle :-) )
                          GW: 10% B.F. 250lbs. - 275lbs. (6' 4" tall)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by tplank View Post

                            I for one would encourage you to consider carefully whether you want a "comfort" seat or a traditional seat. While it is true that regular seats get uncomfortable when you are starting out, if you ride much at all, you need to build those muscles and soon that goes away. But, if you only pull it out once a week for an easy ride through the neighborhood, maybe a cruzer is good. Nothing wrong with that. Also keep in mind that if your use patterns change over time, the saddle is easy to replace. Don't pick a bike because of "comfort" features.
                            Amen to that... I bought a fancy gel seat and ended up putting my stock seat back on. Looks can be deceiving! I would also add, bicycle shorts are critical too. I get the underwear versions and wear under cargo shorts or just some basketball shorts. The padding and the reduced friction helps a ton.
                            SW on 10/1/11: 380lbs.
                            CW 12/13/12: 315lbs. (Was under 300#, added some muscle :-) )
                            GW: 10% B.F. 250lbs. - 275lbs. (6' 4" tall)

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                            • #15
                              I like big, heavy beach cruisers because they take extra work to ride. Light bikes seems like a waste of time. Thrift store for the win.
                              Crohn's, doing SCD

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