What is the best brand of comfort bike?
May 11, 2007 7:11 PM Subscribe
Does anyone have experience with both Specialized and Raleigh brand bikes? I want what I think is called a "comfort bike" - I don't want to bend over and kill my lower back, and I want a comfortable seat and comfortable ride. I can only afford a low-end bike at a bike shop - approximately $300.
posted by onemorething to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (18 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in my mid-40's, haven't ridden a bicycle very much in the past 30 years, and haven't owned one in 15 years. I'm going to buy one now - for riding several miles two times a week on the roads near my home (rural area) or on trails in the city.
One local bicycle shop in the city near me carries a Raleigh in my price range and that's what they recommend. My son recently bought a Specialized bike at a different shop and believed them when they say Specialized is a better bike. I looked at one today and it does seem like it's a better bike, but it's hard to tell without seeing them right next to each other.
I've been looking on the web and haven't found much information. It seems that most info is about bikes for serious riders, and it seems that every bike shop or web site has a brand they like best - kind of like people prefer Chevy, Ford, Toyota, or whatever.
The prices of these two bikes are only $10 apart, because I can get a 15 percent discount at the store that carries the Specialized bike. Also, I can get a free helmet at the shop that carries the Specialized bike. Both brands have a lifetime guarantee on the frame, and both shops offer free lube & minor tune-up as long as I own the bike.
Like I said, the Specialized bike does seem better, but that shop is also farther from my home.