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Posted: 1/24/2013 10:42:20 PM
I'm looking to get a bike for fun casual riding around on rail trails and just around town.

I'm interested in one that has a comfortable seat and one that won't be too big for me since I'm only 5ft.

What do you have? What would you look at if you were me?

Thanks.

Update - Thanks for all the suggestions. I went to a local bike store and got an Electra Townie in 24 inches - I couldn't reach the ground on the 26 inches - ha ha ha. I can't wait to get out there and use it, just need the snow and slush to go away, don't won't to get my new bike dirty, lol.



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Posted: 1/24/2013 10:50:09 PM
My tooling around town bike is a Giant Sedona. It's a heavy bike, but really comfy.



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Posted: 1/24/2013 10:58:49 PM
I have an Electra Townie. It has "flat foot technology," which means my feet can be flat on the ground when I sit on the seat, so I don't have to jump up on it and jump down off it. They accomplish this by moving the pedals forward a little so you still get good leg extension while riding.

They look kinda like beach cruisers, but have gears. Best of both worlds. Big fat seat, comfy handlebars. Mine is lime green. I bought a wire basket, a bell, and white leather streamers, lol.


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Posted: 1/24/2013 11:03:43 PM
I have a raleigh mountain bike that is probably at least 20 years old, but still looks & works great. i changed the seat on it though to a big padded gel seat with springs underneath - very comfy! My only real complaint with it is that it is a rather heavy bike if I have to lift it at all, which isn't often




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Posted: 1/24/2013 11:19:12 PM
I had a lime green Electra Townie that was awesome, but DD took it to college because it was a much better ride than hers and everyone gets around on bikes there.



I almost replaced it with that cute floral bike from Target that peas were talking about last week, but money was tight and I waited too long to decide.


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I have a Trek 7.2 FX and love it!

The best advice I have would be to go to a local bike shop to test out different models and be fitted with the right size bike for you height and what you will be using it for.


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Posted: 1/25/2013 12:29:30 AM
Another shortie with an Electea Townie. I call it my granny bike. I like that I can sit straight and with the pedals set a bit forward I can extend my knees. With other bikes your knees always stay bent and that hurts for me. Mine is the Lime green one with a basket in the front.

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Posted: 1/25/2013 12:34:22 AM
Electra Townie. One in lime green, one in orange. Love.




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Posted: 1/25/2013 12:35:48 AM
Who knew there was so much Electra Townie love? I have one too. Adore it.

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Posted: 1/25/2013 1:01:02 AM
I'm going to be shopping for a new bike this spring (dd17 has claimed my 50's schwinn) and will have to look into the Townie too. I'm only 5' too so it sounds right up my alley.

Holy smokes! I just did some googling and I don't have that kind of money for a bike. I don't ride that much. Anyone have an affordable bike for short people? LOL


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Posted: 1/25/2013 5:11:26 AM
I have a Trek Neko and love it! I can ride on trails or the street with the twist of a knob. The knob adjusts the suspension to enable me to do this.

I didn't want 2 bikes and we have a lot of trails around my home so the Neko has given me the best of both worlds!


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Posted: 1/25/2013 5:48:17 AM
Add me to the Townie club. We have 3. LOVE IT!!!!


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Posted: 1/25/2013 7:21:45 AM
I have a Gary Fisher Wahoo and LOVE it, but I did invest in a gel saddle seat, I don't even recall what sort of seat it came with. When they called that it was ready, they had already put the new seat on it and I LOVE it!

My bike is old--it has a baby seat on it and my 'baby' is almost 18, but I use it to either a) take my Shih Tzu on rides...and she LOVES it! I strap her in through a harness to the straps for the baby and she stand with her front paws on the handlebars and if someone says she is cute as we pass by, she about brings us down with all the excited tail wagging! or b ) carry things to/from my destination

I was going to have it removed and frankly, love that it is there. It is very handy!

Our boys both have Trek bikes, that is all they have ever ridden and we trade up as they grow from size to size and having bought 4 for each of them over the years, I am just as happy with the current as the old from a quality and price perspective.



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Posted: 1/25/2013 7:25:05 AM
I have a Specialized Ariel that I like.

I agree with the pp, go to several different bike stores (each store will only carry one or two different brands) and see what fits you best.

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Posted: 1/25/2013 7:32:21 AM
I have several:
Trek road bike
Specialized Epic Full Suspension mountain bike
Orbea Carbon Fiber hardtail mountain bike
Specialized Stumpjumper 29er mountain bike
Custom Fixie

We ride bikes a lot!

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Posted: 1/25/2013 7:42:11 AM
I am only 5ft tall too I have the smallest women's bike Trek makes. I love my bike, but I did have to put a different seat on it


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Posted: 1/25/2013 7:52:19 AM
I think I'm getting a Schwinn Memento Comfort bike. I really want to have a bike to do coffee on Sunday mornings and such things.

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My bike is old--it has a baby seat on it and my 'baby' is almost 18, but I use it to either a) take my Shih Tzu on rides...and she LOVES it! I strap her in through a harness to the straps for the baby and she stand with her front paws on the handlebars and if someone says she is cute as we pass by, she about brings us down with all the excited tail wagging! or b ) carry things to/from my destination
I want to see a picture of this, I'm having trouble picturing. I would love to take our chihuahua on bike rides; he would love it! Can you show me how you strap him in?


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Posted: 1/25/2013 8:17:42 AM
I have a Giant that is awesome


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Posted: 1/25/2013 8:37:40 AM
I have a Trek Lexa S triple crank road bike since I do a lot of riding during the warmer months in MN. I used to own a Trek cross bike which was great for trails and cruzin around but I wanted more. The seats in any bike can be changed and it is user preference.
As I am only about 5'1" my new lexa is great.
The best thing to do is go to a bike shop and have them size you to a bike, that way you will know what size you are looking for, cuz you do not want the frame too big for you or too small. Also every make if bikes are a little different in their shape, so get sizing on the different makers and styles. Sizing for a road bike is different than a cross bike, hybrid, lea sure, and mountain bike.
Email me if you choose and we can discuss more things to look for.


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Posted: 1/25/2013 9:11:07 AM
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Posted: 1/25/2013 10:01:22 AM
I guess I always chime in on these types of posts since my DH runs a bike shop and we are both avid bikers.


I have several:
Trek road bike
Specialized Epic Full Suspension mountain bike
Orbea Carbon Fiber hardtail mountain bike
Specialized Stumpjumper 29er mountain bike
Custom Fixie

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Show-off! Just kidding. You ride competively so that's to be expected having some nice bikes. DH also has the Epic Full Suspension and he loves it.

For you, my DH would say get a comfort bike. Globe (a division of Specialized bikes) makes a step-through bike that many people riding for fun and little on the shorter end like. He sells a lot of them in his shop to people with biking desires similiar to you. Also the Electra Townie is a popular one he sells as well, for much of the same reasons people have already listed.

And yes, getting a nice bike isn't cheap. Expect to spend $200-400 on a quality bike that will last you for years. Also, please don't store you bike outside. Worst thing ever. If you want the life of you bike to shorten significantly or have to pay money into it for maintenance and replacement of parts, then by all means leave it outside.


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Posted: 1/25/2013 10:05:34 AM
DH and I bought Trek "Lime" (style, not color) bikes a couple years ago. They discontinued, but some stores might still have them. They are perfect for the casual rider, like us. They are 3 speed auto shift with the simple backpedal brakes. They came in small, medium & large size which worked for us as I am 5-6 and DH is 6-0.

We love them!


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Posted: 1/25/2013 10:36:13 AM
we have a Specialized & Cannondale for road riding. Gary Fisher (no longer in production) & a Rocky Mtn. for Mtn. Biking.

you need to try out several & see what fits you. once you find one you're comfortable with, have it even more fitted for you. those little tweaks they can do to stems, seats, etc.. can make a world of difference.

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I have a Dawes Duchess. In lime green and cream. It's a 50's style retro bike with a wicker basket on the front. Leather seat and handle bars . I love it!

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My bike is old--it has a baby seat on it and my 'baby' is almost 18, but I use it to either a) take my Shih Tzu on rides...and she LOVES it! I strap her in through a harness to the straps for the baby and she stand with her front paws on the handlebars and if someone says she is cute as we pass by, she about brings us down with all the excited tail wagging! or b ) carry things to/from my destination
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I want to see a picture of this, I'm having trouble picturing. I would love to take our chihuahua on bike rides; he would love it! Can you show me how you strap him in?




Yep! My bike is at my other house and due to the ice storm (NC cannot handle ANY precipitation!) I am stuck here a few days. But then I can show you, no problem. She'll be so excited! When I pull the harness out, she RUNS to the garage door and 'dances' for me to get there!!



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Posted: 1/25/2013 12:03:20 PM
I have a Raleigh and so does DH and DD. We really like their bikes for just what you have mentioned.

They were around $300 each, but the comfort level SO far exceeds anything available at the major chain stores.

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Posted: 1/25/2013 12:07:23 PM
I have a Raleigh and so does DH and DD. We really like their bikes for just what you have mentioned.

They were around $300 each, but the comfort level SO far exceeds anything available at the major chain stores.

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Posted: 1/25/2013 12:31:33 PM
I wish we did have bike shops around so I could try different ones out. The only shop that sold bikes closed a long time ago and they only sold Schwinn. There is a Dunham's in town but again, the bikes are upwards of $500 each and that is way too much for us to ever spend on a bike.


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Posted: 1/25/2013 12:34:54 PM
I have a TREK & love it!

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I have a Giant Wasp hybrid that I love - but I'm tall and it's old so it wouldn't work for you.

I do agree with going to a good bike shop and trying out a few. I had a cheapo heavy bike until I dated someone with a Cannondale and I learned how nice a good bike could be.


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Posted: 1/25/2013 3:53:41 PM
I have an old Trek Hybrid and this summer dh and I and 3 other couples are riding from Pittsburgh to Washington DC. There was NO.WAY I was doing that ride with the bike I have now. Every time I get off I can barely walk for days.

The company organizing the ride suggested Terry saddles (seats) which are designed by a woman (Terry) for women. I spent a looong time on the phone with Lisa in their CS dept and she was wonderful. I can't wait to try my new seat which should be here in 3 or so weeks and if I don't like it I can return it.

So just saying if you get a bike on craigslist, it's always an option to change out the seat.


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Posted: 1/25/2013 4:04:26 PM
Thanks so much for all the great suggestions.

I'm definitely going to go to a bike shop and test some out, I just wanted to make a list of ones that I want to look at.

Also, thanks for the tips, I will make sure to always keep it inside when I'm not using it.

I'm excited to get into this, thanks peas!



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Posted: 1/25/2013 5:44:47 PM
I have a Trek Sole Ride 300. It's heavy but it's served me pretty well. I ride to work and around town and out in the country. It's similar to the Electra Townie in that it has a slightly crank forward design that allows for flat feet at a stop. I love this bike because it's so comfortable but it's too slow for me, even with narrower tires.

I'm currently looking for a RANS Fusion ST, but I'm hoping to find a used one. This is also a crank forward bike-- I don't ever want to go back to the upright way of riding!

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Posted: 1/25/2013 5:49:12 PM
I also have a Trek Neko and love it. Bought it used to replace an older Trek hybrid that I loved for trail riding.

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Posted: 1/25/2013 6:57:10 PM
Also, what extra gear would I need?

I know a helmet, but what else?

(Sorry, I'm obviously new to this, lol).



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Posted: 1/25/2013 8:20:59 PM
I have a basket on the back to carry my work linens, groceries, etc. I have a water bottle and cage but I usually just throw my bottle in the basket.

I have head lights and a large tail light for when I ride at night. A portable repair kit is a must-- as is taking it with you when you ride! Twice I've gotten flat tires when I've left my kit at home! A pump for home is good, too.

I also have a bell. I haven't ever used it to tell anyone I'm coming but when I get up a particularly tough hill I like to ring it and congratulate myself, lol.

I also have one of those mini bike license plates that says Girls Rule on it.

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Posted: 1/25/2013 8:34:48 PM

when I get up a particularly tough hill I like to ring it and congratulate myself, lol.


That's hilarious! I love it.

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Posted: 1/25/2013 9:04:02 PM
I ride a GT Traffic 1.0

It is a comfort/comuter bike and I absolutely love it!!!

Comfort is key. If it's not comfortable to ride, odds are you won't ride.

Go to a bike shop. Talk to the people. Tell them what your goals are. They know bikes and can recommend one that will suit your size and lifestyle.

ETA, my extras are a bag on the front, splash guards on the front and back (Pac NW = rain = wet trails), a basic computer (mostly for distance traveled), and a frame for a bag on the back (I like to ride to the Farmer's Market).

In the summer I ride between 100-200 miles a week and I couldn't ask for a better, more durable bike.

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Posted: 2/1/2013 11:48:08 PM
Can I ask how much you paid for your new bike? I need a 24" bike but I can't spend $500 or even $400 on one. I'm more in the range of $200-$250.


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Posted: 2/2/2013 12:29:07 AM
I paid around 425, but it was on sale and a 2012 model, plus it's definitely off-season where I live. Going to the independent bike store was a great experience and I'm so glad so many here suggested it.

I love how I'm able to reach the ground while I'm on the seat, it makes me feel really stable. I have a lot of health problems and balance issues so that makes me feel confident that I can try and get some exercise despite my health problems. I figure even if I go slow and need to take breaks, at least I'm out there!

Have you looked at these 24 inch bikes? I didn't sit on them, but they look to be in your price range and are really cute!

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Posted: 2/2/2013 1:38:17 AM
The firmstrong ones are the ones I've been looking at online. I need to see if there's a bike shop that carries them (the closest shop is about 40 min away but there might be others a little further). I have some time still. I won't be doing any bike riding until at least april or may, depending on the weather.

I can reach the ground on my 24" Schwinn but it's OLD so I don't know if newer 24" bikes are the same. I tried to talk dd into letting us buy her a new bike and me getting the Schwinn back but she really loves that bike.


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Posted: 3/9/2013 7:06:17 PM
OP, how do you like your bike so far? I decided to dip into some of my savings and ordered a polar blue Townie today. I tried on the 26" and was able to touch the ground (after he adjusted the seat) and the handlebars were fine so that's what I ordered. The bike shop guy had me pedal a little and said the angle was good and the 24" would probably be too small. I guess it pays to try them out. I also got a fender kit and they'll assemble it when they get the bike in. I spent way more than I ever thought I would on a bike. More than I paid for my first car.


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Posted: 3/10/2013 12:45:15 AM
I have a Trek, which I love, but no idea which model.
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