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Old 03-05-2013, 05:37 PM   #1
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Question Bike riders-what kind of bike do you have?

I am in the market for a new one. DS outgrew his and grew right into mine (unisex model) so now I get to pick out what I want (last one was on sale. lol). I'm going later this week to a shop and look at the Electra Townie and Cruiser. What do you ride?
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I have had a cream colored Townie now for 2 years and I ride it all the time in our little town; to the little store to put a gallon of milk in the basket, to ride down to the covered bridge, three miles to see my little granddaughters. What a wonderful bike..I probably would not have responded except you mentioned "Townie." I felt just like a little girl at Christmas when my husband bought that bicycle for me and it was just an ordinary day in May. Go for it......Jeanne
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I've heard 99.9% good about the Townie. I was originally looking to spend about $200 on a "good" bike but then I discovered that the inexpensive bikes at walmart and target are that price. I want a bike that is so fun and comfy to ride I'll want to ride more often.
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I bought a Trek 3500 last year and really quite like it. It was only about $450 (I expect it's cheaper in the US?). I use it for exercise and it really gives me a good workout.
It is a mountain bike but only entry-level so I wouldn't take it on steep mountain lol but it's fine for what I do.
It looks like you can pay as much as you like on a bike and when I asked the salesman why he was selling me this one he just said that the higher end ones have features that I wouldn't use anyway.
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My DH got me a Diamondback Clarity hybrid. Gorgeous bike but he got me an X-small frame. So I don't love it as much as I should. He got an awesome deal, we only paid $250 for it so I can't complain. Although I may try and trade up soon. I feel like a little kid on it!
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My DH bought me a Giant last year, and I love it! I've never had a nice bike and I wasn't sure if I would even use it, but he is addicted to riding and hoped I would ride with him. I really enjoy riding and our small town is nothing but hills.

I ride about 10-12 miles every day in the evening in nice weather (which in Montana isn't far off now!). My husband rides about 25-30 miles a day. I will need to build up to riding a decent distance again as I just had back surgery in January. My neurosurgeon, also an avid biker, says I can ride a short distance starting on March 20th - my 54th birthday - I can't wait to start riding this spring!

We live 30 miles from Glacier Park and THAT is a glorious ride! We hope to do the Trails of the Coeur d' Alene this summer.

I hope you find the perfect bike for you! I suggest a trip to an actual cycling store rather than a chain sporting goods store. They will fit you with the right size bike!
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Wow, that sounds gorgeous!! We have a nice bike trail just across the highway but the sights are nothing like what you see out there.

The shop I'm going to is a bike shop. It's almost an hour away but after doing a lot of reading I'm convinced that it's important. Just like when I bought my sewing machine and wanted to buy it from a dealer rather than a big-box store.
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Gale - I see you do a walk for breast cancer. My husband is trying to organize a ride for the American Cancer Society and coordinating it with our local Relay for Life.

His plan is to start in West Glacier and the ride would head east across the Going to the Sun Road (not me - no way! lol) in Glacier Park. It will end with the riders doing a lap at the beginning of the the Relay for Life event in our town.

I don't do the super long distances (my husband has ridden 100 miles in a few days). I enjoy riding but it will be a long while until I can ride great distances. It took all summer until I was comfortable riding along a 2-lane highway near our town.

I know what you mean about the hour trip to the bike shop! We bought my bike at a shop 3 hours away because of their reputation and service.
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Ordered my bike today. A Polar Blue Townie. I can't wait for warm weather to get here!
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I know I'm late responding, but I ride a lot. I have a Trek Pilot 2.1 that is my very comfortable road bike and I have a Giant Cypress, which is my cruiser. I think you'll really enjoy your Townie, they are well made, quality bikes. I wish you many happy miles!
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Thanks-I am excited. I am supposed to pick it up on Thursday. They called this morning to let me know it was in, and I asked them to put a quick-release basket on it. Gotta have a basket (I'll either make or buy a basket liner).
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Hi Gale, are you bikin' yet? It is snowing great glittery flakes here this am and it's so cold. Looking forward to warmer weather and sun.....All the bike adventures in this thead sound amazing......Jeanne
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We haven't gone yet to pick it up but it's freezing cold here so it might be a few days. I think it's supposed to be in the 40s soon so if it's not too windy I'll try it out.
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Got my bike. I rode a little in the yard but it's way too cold to ride for long. Now I'm going to make a cute liner for the basket.
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ok that is awesome. I bet it's a comfy ride!
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What a great bike!! Enjoy being on 2 wheels!
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Wow Gale, , your bike is truly a beauty and Cowgirl, your bike is awesome, too. I've been stampin today...way too cold to ride. Boo....Jeanne
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After having a poor fitting bike for a few years, I got a Raleigh women's bike. It has the step through frame like that, which I love for when we stop and stand for a minute, and it's so much more comfortable when it's actually fit for someone my size. i can't wait for summer to get here (we typically ride on trails, and it'd be a snowy muddy mess right now)
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Yay for your new bike! Mine looks a lot like yours but it's a GIANT. I got it like-new on Craigs for abot 1/4th the retail so I'm still excited about that. Have fun riding!
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I just wish it would warm up so I could ride more. Last year I had several hundred miles in my now...this year, 25 miles. Yep, a measly 25 miles and it was all in the wind. Where or where is spring????
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