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7/29/10 10:17 A

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Thank you Thank you Thank you for all the great advice!! I really appreciate it.

I went to the bike store and they were really helpful. They said what would be best for me is a comfort bike or a hybrid. Although they didn't have that style of bike in my size in the store and would have to make me one or order it. I'm just not ready for that yet.

I looked at a few to the craigslist ad bikes yesterday. I honestly like the Schwinn the best, but my hunt is still on.

For now I just want to ride with my kiddo at the park or around the neighborhood. I'm not looking to compete at all. If I end up liking this as well as running, I'll certainly look into a "lifetime purchase" bike.

Right now I'm still looking. But I'll keep you posted! :D

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7/28/10 11:08 P

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This has been a really helpful thread. I just purchased a used schwinn hybrid. I am new to cycling and am just recovering from back surgery. I was an avid walker before my back problems. After surgery, I started back walking and now my knees hurt! I thought cycling would help me to strengthen my quadriceps and be good for my knees. It has already helped!

I don't really know if the schwinn is a good bike for me. It sure feels better than my daughter's bike! I want to learn about the sport because I have discovered that I love it! When I bought the schwinn, I could still enjoy riding and I could take my time learning about bikes and biking. So glad I found this team.

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7/28/10 2:57 P

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Lots of great advice provided. My advice is to listen to the advice given.
We all know people who started out with a dept store bike, had a bad experience and gave up on cycling.
Many of those got the same advice and decided to take a chance. They threw the money away. look on Craigslist and you'll see those bikes for $20.

I suggest going to the bike store. They have experience and expertise and will guide you to what you need.
I'll often tell people to buy on Craigslist but they know what they are looking for, probably upgrading to a better bike, not starting out.


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7/28/10 1:06 P

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I just bought a bike last weekend. I had originally started my search about a week before that in a big box store, but after reading reviews online, came to the conclusion that those bikes wouldn't last more than a year. I then checked out local shops. I went to 3 different ones, asked their opinion and test road some bikes.

Originally I wanted a hybrid bike, but ended up buying a steel framed Trek mountain bike as my boyfriend lives in a more mountainous area and wants to go mountain biking. The shop salesmen said this would be my best bet as it is for all terrains. So far I'm glad that I got the mountain bike as I have been able to ride both on trails and on the road. The steel is noticeably heavier than my boyfriends aluminum frame, but I can still easily lift it and it had great reviews online.

The shop I ultimately bought it from was great- answered all my questions, helped me pick a frame size, adjust the seat height, and worked with my price range. One salesman even road with us and offered tips and explained the gears and proper ways to dismount the bike (I was clueless!) They even assembled my bike rack for me and installed in on my car for free! The bike was priced at $320, but of course the price went up after a kickstand, seat cover, and helmet- and bike rack! The price also covers lifetime adjustments by the store.

Good luck with your search! It's hard at first, but be sure to try out some bikes, note the names and read reviews online before you purchase.


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7/28/10 12:12 P

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Sorry to hear about your injury. I started biking again about 6 weeks ago due to a running injury, too. I could hardly walk, but I could bike with no problem. I ended up getting hybrid bike because I wanted the more upright sitting position without the heavier frame and wide tires of a mountain bike. good luck in your search for a bike. What really matters is that it suits your needs and your budget and it fits you right. You do get what you pay for, though.

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7/28/10 11:38 A

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Hi Shelly:
Do read the great advice from GLADGAD.

In addition, I have a niece who purchased a Cannondale Quick 4 back in the Spring which she absolutely loves. She rides the rides you were talking about. Plus she did very well with a 50 miler back in May. She has regular pedals and does super.

"The Cannondale Quick 4: Combining road bike speed with mountain bike utility, the Cannondale Quick is a great for commuters, students, weekend warriors and new riders alike." Plus it is lightweight.

You can find out more about it at:

My niece found a wonderful Cannondale dealer here in town who was willing to work with her, answer her questions and help fit her to the bike. I believe a she paid a little less than what is listed on line.

Hope this helps.


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7/28/10 11:21 A

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Hi Shelly. Sorry about your running injury. If you're not interested in leaning over, you don't want a road bike or a mountain bike. From what you describe, you probably should look at comfort bikes.

These have fatter tires than road bikes, but may or may not have as rugged tires as mountain bikes. You sit up on these type of bikes.

When buying a bike, you pretty much get what you pay for. If you buy a $200 bike at a box store, you're not going to get much in the way of quality. Plus the bike will probably be quite heavy.

That's the next thing - the weight of the bike. Bike frames come in steel, aluminum, aluminum with carbon components, and carbon frames. I don't know if they make comfort bikes in carbon frames, but I am thinking probably not. Carbon is used more for racing. Steel is going to be very heavy meaning you will really have to work at pedaling the bike. Most folks go with aluminum which is lighter.

As far as any bike needing cleats, that's a personal preference. People change out pedals to have a flat pedal, one with cages (not recommended for safety reasons), or with cleats (also known as clipless pedals). You can have a flat pedal or cleats on any bike.

If the owner doesn't know anything about their bike, then I wouldn't bother with them. I am not an expert by any means, but at least I know what material is used in all of my bikes' frames (I have 3) and I know they all have Shimano components. I can't tell you which line these components are, but I would guess not the top nor the bottom of the line.

The Rhino Mountain Edge sounds like a mountain bike; I couldn't find a picture of it online. I also couldn't find a price for it, so I'm thinking it's a bottom of the line bike. The little bit of research I did on the Roadmaster is that it's a very cheap and unreliable bike. I would stay away from those two. Magna I think are also bottom of the line bikes and you may want to stay away from those. Schwinn's quality varies; it depends on the model and year.

Good, dependable brands are Trek, Scott, Cannondale, and Specialized. I'm not sure what your budge is, but you should be able to find something decent in the $400-$500 range. Here's a link to some Hybrid Bike Reviews; you can sort by price, but you'll have to click down to get to the cheaper bikes.

One more thing I would add is to get your bike from a bike shop rather than a box store. You'll get good advice, have your questions answered by someone knowledgable, get fitted properly on the bike, and you'll also be keeping a local neighbor in business rather than a giant corporation.

Enjoy shopping! Let us know what you decide upon.


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7/28/10 11:18 A

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I have started biking about 4 months ago. My journey since last August is a 90Lbs weight loss. I am also a runner. As runners one thing we both know is how important a shoe fit is. I would assume that you buy good running shoes at a local shop that specializes in running shoes. The same thing goes for bikes. You need to be properly fitted for a bike. Trust me it makes a big difference. Go to your local bike shop and work with them on a bike that fits correctly and in your budget. I started on a Hybrid bike that I purchased in 1995 and learned that I was not very comfortable based on the workout i wanted to achieve. I went to my local bike shop and got properly fitted and found a great new bike. I am riding more than I am running. I put on 25 plus miles each day that I ride. I ride 5 days a week and run maybe once or twice a week.


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7/28/10 11:07 A

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I'd start by going to a bike shop, and trying the various types so that you know what's comfortable. The important thing is to make sure once you get your bike it's set up to fit your body. Even if you get one on craigs list or at a box store you can have a bike shop fit it, although they'll probably charge for that.

No bike will inherently require shoes with cleets. The pedals are the deciding factor there, so even if you got one that did you could change them out inexpensively. Sellers should be able to tell you if you'll need cleets, and if it does and you don't have/want cleets you might be able to push down the price since you'll want to change out the pedals.

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7/28/10 10:55 A

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Hi, I'm shelly. I'm a runner, but I have an injury that is preventing me from running. But I have to keep moving, so I'm looking into bikes.

I thought this would be an easy thing to do, go buy a bike and call it good, right? haha!! no such thing.

I'm finding out I don't know much about bikes. Soooo, I've come here for help! :D

1) No, I haven't gone to the bike shop yet, I'm heading to a "box shop" and the bike shop today.

2) I'm looking at bikes on craigs list but the owners of the bikes don't seem to know much about the bikes either.

Some of the bikes I'm looking at on CL:

1) What is a Rhino Mountain Edge? Is this the kind of bike that requires cleets?

2) RoadMaster and RoadMaster Mt. Fury 15 speed

3) Schwinn (no other details)

4) Magna (no other details)

For now I'm not looking to race, or participate in Tri's. I'm just looking for another form of exercise while I recover from my running injury. I think I want to "sit up" rather than "lean down" on the bars.

I will primarily ride on the road. Asphalt or paved roads. Not too much off roading or trail riding.

What do you recommend? And what is your opinion of the CL bikes?

Thank you in advance for your reply! :D

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