Bicycle recommendations?After many many years of not owning a bike, I've decided I want to get one, not only to keep in shape, riding around town, and on trails (gravel, not hard-core off-roading), but...
I have the Cannondale T2000, best bike I have ever owned.
If you have an REI store near you, they have a great bicycle shop, and carry the brand Novara, here is a little article about Novara:
If the Cannondale is a little out of your price range, my second recommendation is the Novara Safari, which has a really nice handle bar configuration.
http://www.rei.com/online/store/ProductDispla y?storeId=8000&catalogId=40000008000& productId=47968753&parent_category_rn=450 0921
Both of the above recommended bicycles are considered touring bikes or hybrids. They are very comfortable and easy to use.
Whatever you decide on, make sure you get something with trigger shifting, it really makes a difference for ease of operation and unlike twist shifting, which you accidently knock your bike out of gear when you hit a small bump.
Also, make sure you get fitted for a bike at a bike shop. It makes a world of difference to have your bike properly fitted for your frame. A good bike shop will offer to fit you, then suggest you come back in a couple of weeks for adjustments and to tighten the brake cables.
This is really important, make sure you have a proper fitting helmet. My helmet saved my life. I can not tell you how important it is to have a helmet that fits properly and that each time you get on your bicycle you check the straps and make sure that your helmet is secure.
Dec 21, 2010 |