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Date: 5/30/13 6:46 AM

About a month ago, we had our first spring weather day and I felt like getting out of the sewing room and getting outside. I took a little stroll around a local wildlife refuge to try out a new camera I'd just purchased. Any excuse to be outside. As I was walking, it occurred to me how nice it would be to have a bicycle on that first spring weather day. Actually, being in San Francisco for PR Weekend planted the idea of owning a bike in my brain. There are lots of bike riders in San Francisco - even with all those hills!

I had a bike about 20 years ago and when my daughter was young, we enjoyed bicycle outings. But then, I let her take my bike to college and well we won't discuss what happened to it. (Anyone who knows my daughter well won't be surprised at the story.) So, I gave in to temptation and a nostalgia for my youth and bought a bike.

Boy! Bikes have changed since I last bought one. Back then, you had a road bike or a mountain bike. Now you have road bikes, mountain bikes, hybrids, comfort bikes, city/urban bikes among many other classes, all called something different by each manufacturer. And 10-speeds are a thing of the past. 21 or 24 speeds are the current standard.

As with a sewing machine, it's best to find a trustworthy dealer. I went back to the same dealer from whom I bought my last bike 20 years ago (still in business!) and bought a hybrid manufactured by Raleigh. The Raleigh Detour 3.5 is appropriate for a woman of my age. There are so many manufacturers! Buying a bike can be just as intimidating as buying a sewing machine! You have to assess your needs, do your homework and look at your budget. Some bikes cost thousands of dollars!

So now I have a fun way of sneaking in some exercise! And I have an activity that makes me feel young again.
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Date: 5/30/13 8:50 AM

And I bought a Trek women's specific design hybrid earlier this spring. It had been 12 years since I'd been on a bike. Since I am no longer living where I got my first bike (however, the family that sold bikes in that western PA town still owns their shop), I asked a number of bike riders I know which bike shop they recommended. Someone was even to the one I settled on and got me an early sale price plus discount on biking equipment (read that as helmet, safety/emergency gear, etc.).

It really is useful to do a little homework and then talk to a knowledgable salesperson to get the right bike.

And yes, when I am on my bike, I feel like an 8 year old set free. Not bad when you consider I'm about to turn 8x8...

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Date: 5/30/13 9:12 AM

I love that Raleigh! Such a sleek bike. If I get in the market for another, I'll buy one. I have a Trek hybrid, when the hybrids first came out and the lines aren't as sleek as the Raleigh. I had a Raleigh way back when and the ride on it was so smooth; much smoother than my Trek. I don't ride as much anymore; been too busy with other things, but would love to do so sometime.

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Date: 5/30/13 12:24 PM

Congratulations on the new bike. I have been seriously considering one too. Is this an age thing?

How is the seat for comfort. I have been using an exercise bike at physical therapy (I know it is not the same) but at 10 minutes I am reminded that the seat is the #1 priority for me. Ouch

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Date: 5/30/13 12:29 PM

I replaced the seat on my bike with a really squishy gel seat. No longer need bike shorts it is so comfortable.

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Date: 5/30/13 12:35 PM

Hey Lee- I just got back from taking 2 granddaughters on a short bike ride. In a year or two you may have to invest in a child sized bike seat too!

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Date: 5/30/13 12:54 PM

Very nice looking bike! Thank you for posting this.

Bike shopping IS very confusing to me. I can't even seem to figure it out for my sons. The city bike shops try to push very expensive bikes, for kids, who will grow out of them soon. The big box stores have bikes, but if there's something wrong, they won't take them back if they've been on the street, they want you to call the vendor's phone support and they'll send parts or whatever. Hello, not a bike mechanic. I've got to get to a used bike co-op soon...

So I'll bet your recommendation really helps someone.

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Date: 5/30/13 1:27 PM

I ride a bike just about every day. It is an awesome feeling!

I bought a new bike last summer and tried out a million of them. I was really impressed with the Raleighs. They rode as well as bikes at twice the price point.

On uncomfortable saddles: the most comfortable that I've tried are the ones that have a full slit in the middle. Not just a dip, but an actual hole you can see through to the ground. The bike shop where I got my bike didn't have the kind with an actual hole so I got the kind with a dip, and it's just not as good. Something like this:



There is a matter of time, though, in getting used to a saddle. People refer to "butt callouses." You don't actually develop a callous (well, I don't), but you do build up tissue that makes riding more comfortable. Also, be sure you are sitting properly on the sitz bones and not on the soft tissue. Sit on the saddle and rock back and forth on your hips. When you hit the bones--I have to tuck my pelvis in very slightly to be properly seated--you should be able to tell.


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Date: 5/31/13 7:27 AM

Quote: ConnieBJ
Hey Lee- I just got back from taking 2 granddaughters on a short bike ride. In a year or two you may have to invest in a child sized bike seat too!


Connie! Yes, future grandchildren factored in my decision to buy a bike!!!

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Date: 5/31/13 1:11 PM

I used to love biking around Venice and Santa Monica CA, when I lived there. But now biking is just really uncomfortable, not only the seat but also the wrists, shoulders. Just ouch!

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