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Subject:Bicycles
Time:12:02 am
I sold the bicycle I can't ride, which means I'm ready to buy one that I can. The primary consideration is that it have an upright seating position so that I don't put any weight on my wrists. Secondarily, having bars that come back is good since it will keep me from extending my shoulder a lot. (Man, this getting old stuff really sucks.) I want gears and both front and rear brakes.

I almost bought this bike at Target tonight, but I decided to wait. And then I spotted this bike on Amazon. It's pretty much the same bike, but in my color. In fact, the only difference I can discern is in color and price.

Advantge Target: pre-assembled, about $35 cheaper, instant gratification. Disadvantage Target: assembled by monkeys at Target, and probability is low that they'll do a good job. What's a girl to do?

There's also this, though I think I have too much pride for that.
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violet_tigress1
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Time:2009-09-21 07:36 am (UTC)
I'd ride that. Y'know...if I could ride a bike.
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melebeth
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Time:2009-09-21 08:10 am (UTC)
That first amazon bike is awesome, although it wants a kickstand.
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jellymillion
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Time:2009-09-21 08:38 am (UTC)
If you're looking to avoid any wrist-loading, how about a recumbent? Of course, there's the breathing-in-exhaust-fumes problem...
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whipartist
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Time:2009-09-21 08:44 am (UTC)
I don't think I'd want to sit that low in city traffic. It's not so much about exhaust fumes as it is about having visibility and being visible.

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jnala
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Time:2009-09-21 12:28 pm (UTC)
Many recumbents have the rider's head at about the same level as a typical upright bicycle would, so vision isn't a problem, nor are exhaust fumes. (Though, admittedly, not as high as on an upright with an extremely upright seating position, like the one you're looking at.)

The seat and the majority of the frame are lower than on an upright, but believe me when I say that a pink-haired lady in a rolling lounge chair is not going to have trouble being noticed. Recumbents are strange, and strange things draw attention.

A recumbent is absolutely the best solution for the wrist and shoulder issues, and while I don't know if it's been studied, I believe it's a hell of a lot safer to ride feet-first with a lower center of gravity than head-first or upright on a very top-heavy contraption.

The biggest drawbacks are that you'll pay a lot more, because it's a niche product, and that you'll take a while getting over the feeling that you're more vulnerable in a reclined/sitting position than an upright/standing position, because the part of your brain that's still a prey animal has a lot to say about it.
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2009-09-21 01:18 pm (UTC)
+1. Get a flag for it and you'll be good to go.
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ronsrants
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Time:2009-09-21 10:59 am (UTC)
I get the impression that you kind of like tinkering, so assembling your own bike shouldn't be a big deal.

FWIW, I have a comfort bike and I hate it. But I don't think I have the same wrist/shoulder issues as you.

-R
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crayonbeam
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Time:2009-09-21 02:18 pm (UTC)
I liked my Townie Electra (http://www.electrabike.com/home.php flash site) but I found that for the riding I was doing the position put too much stress on me knees on any hills.

My mom has one of these: http://www.biria.com/bicycles/eb/
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bellaballanda
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Time:2009-09-21 06:07 pm (UTC)
The townies are great for cruising around town.. but you're right.. get any kind of hill and you're toast.

The other thing you can do is get better handle bars. I have this bike (http://www.schwinnbike.com/aus/eng/Products/Comfort/Details/1333-S9VOYGSD-Voyageur-GSD) and it's got wider than normal handle grips so that my wrists rest on a larger platform and thus don't have as much pressure.

I almost bought a target bike but yes, I was afraid of the target monkeys.
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courtneydisney
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Time:2009-09-21 09:45 pm (UTC)
You can always buy the Target bike & get it tuned up at a bike shop, probably for about the same amount you're saving. On the other hand, PINK!!

I had that bike from Target - it's a bit heavy, it was a sweet bike till it got stolen. I added a basket in the front, which got a bit unwieldy, I'd add panniers next time.
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jcdill
Subject:Be Careful of Bicycle-Shaped Objects
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Time:2009-09-21 11:09 pm (UTC)
Get the Target bike only if you want a bicycle-shaped object.

I suggest you call around to your local bike shops and see if any of them will match Amazon's price. Many bike shops will price match, if you ask. Then you have a local shop who will stand behind the bike.

Also consider visiting Zach Kaplan Recumbents (1518 Buena Vista Ave, Alameda, CA‎ - (510) 522-2368‎) and taking a test spin on one to see how that works for you.


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whipartist
Subject:Re: Be Careful of Bicycle-Shaped Objects
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Time:2009-09-21 11:12 pm (UTC)
For my uses, a bicycle-shaped object is just fine.
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