Recommend a bike for around town and a little bit beyond.
August 3, 2010 1:22 PM Subscribe
Does this bike seem like a good choice for me? I need to buy a new bike and want to be sure it's a match.
posted by circular to health & fitness (19 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I went to the bike store today, and brought along my Department Store Bike. They told me the rear freewheel has slipped off the bearings, or something like that.
I like the bike, but it seems like I'm putting money into what was originally a cheap, badly-made bike, and it's a waste. The bike is a mountain bike that cost $200 and has since had about $150 put into it.
I asked my LBS guy for advice on a new bike. Here's my situation, as described:
-- I ride around my town on paved streets, about 4 miles at a time.
-- I'd like to get up to around 10 - 15 miles over the next year.
-- I once rode a bike around Japan for about 20 months, and loved it. I love riding around and stopping at random interesting locations.
-- I ride in the rain and in cold weather too (if that matters).
-- I weigh about 250 lbs, I'm 6'2" tall, with a 31 inch inseam.
-- My budget for a new bike is around $500 - $600.
-- I also had a cross-bike before (Specialized CrossRoads) and I loved it.
He had me ride a few bikes, to get a feel for them. I rode a laid-back cruiser, and a commuter bike (Breezer, I think).
The laid-back cruiser was awesome, but it felt like something for grocery trips. Loved how it rolled though.
The commuter / cross bikes were really cool. I like 'em. The ride seems comfortable.
They had this other bike, frame too small for me: A Giant Seek. I really like how it looks. It seems like it might be the bike for me. I didn't ride it and I'm not sure how I can test-ride it, since they'd need to order the L size just for me.
I like the Giant Seek, the way it looks. But I'm concerned: I hate making a purchase and finding out later that maybe another bike would have been cheaper and better. (Not obsessive about it, just want to cover the bases)
Is there another bike that's recommended? Internet or off? I'm about 2 hours north of San Francisco.
They have this fixie at the store too, that looks awesome. But I'm not sure if I'd like that...the frame was too small again, so I couldn't ride it.
Fitness is important to me, but I'm not sure if going from non-fixed to fixed gear would be really bad or what.
I asked the guy about road bikes, and he said for my needs they were overkill.
I have to admit that looks are really important to me. My current bike just looks lame.
I don't like bent handlebars (beyond a really minor bend), and I don't like seats that are wide, or seat posts that have a plastic accordion on them. Whitewalls are out too.
I don't do bike maintenance much. I hate it. I did it in Japan and hated it there too. I oil the thing, pump up the tires, and that's it. Usually bikes I ride tend to need tons of maintenance all at once (can't believe I'm admitting this, lol).
I also don't want to ride around on MB tires anymore. Not sure if the suspension does anything either.
Thanks for any suggestions or helpful information!