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Iconoclast Texan
250+ posts
02/09/06 02:09 PM
Bicycle Recommendations for my 60 year old dad

My dad would like to start biking around the neighborhood for exercise. He has a bad back so a comfortable seat and ride would be key. Do you guys have some recommendations as to brands and/or models we should look at. I don't really bike so I don't have a clue. I think he would prefer a easy to use model without a million gears as well.




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pmgSponsor
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02/09/06 02:24 PM
Re: Bicycle Recommendations for my 60 year old dad [re: Iconoclast Texan]

What's the neighbordhood like where your dad lives? Hilly? At all? or flat?




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K-Man
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02/09/06 02:46 PM
Re: Bicycle Recommendations for my 60 year old dad [re: Iconoclast Texan]

A hybrid will keep him most upright, which shoulod be easiest on the back. Something like this



Giant Bicycles

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Iconoclast Texan
250+ posts
02/09/06 03:35 PM
Re: Bicycle Recommendations for my 60 year old dad [re: Iconoclast Texan]

My dad lives in the Villages in Houston so we are talking flat land. He won't be doing any offroad biking just on pavement




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washparkhornSponsor
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02/09/06 04:38 PM
Re: Bicycle Recommendations for my 60 year old dad [re: Iconoclast Texan]

I second the hybrid suggestion. Most are not mountain bikes, but are road bikes, with more upright positioning and a flat handlebar.

This is my hybrid (I use it regularly as a commuter), but may be a little overkill. The upright position is easier on the body plus it gives you a good view of the road and traffic. The tires and wheels are road, not mountain, so they roll and corner easier. Also, while mine is shockless, most hybrids have a shock in the seatpost to smooth the ride out a bit.










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Iconoclast Texan
250+ posts
02/09/06 08:54 PM
Re: Bicycle Recommendations for my 60 year old dad [re: Iconoclast Texan]

Thanks for the recommendations guys, my parents and used that to get the Marin Belvedere.
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TenaciousTgarden
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02/09/06 08:59 PM
Re: Bicycle Recommendations for my 60 year old dad [re: Iconoclast Texan]

I have a Del Sol "comfort bike" and I love it. very comfortable and versatile. I'm not even close 60, but my back acts like it is sometimes.




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RogerSponsor
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02/09/06 11:07 PM
Re: Bicycle Recommendations for my 60 year old dad [re: Iconoclast Texan]


A Recumbent bike is the way to go here is a FAQ about this type of bike.

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washparkhornSponsor
2500+ posts
02/10/06 01:14 AM
Re: Bicycle Recommendations for my 60 year old dad [re: Iconoclast Texan]

The Marin is a nice bike. I like the pre-equipped fenders - they do come in handy.

Make sure he wears a helmet. It is still a pretty hostile world for bicyclists. If he finds he is getting a lot of flats, have the bike shop put thorn resistant or self sealing tubes on the bike. And a bike computer helps keep your motivated to stay riding.








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K-Man
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02/10/06 11:32 AM
Re: Bicycle Recommendations for my 60 year old dad [re: Iconoclast Texan]

Sweet bike, Washpark.

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happy fun ball
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02/10/06 12:06 PM
Re: Bicycle Recommendations for my 60 year old dad [re: Iconoclast Texan]

Not all backs are alike. I'm not 60, but I do have two herniated discs at L3-5. I absolutely cannot ride a mountain bike or an upright hybrid, too much pressure flowing down the vertical plane of the spine, combined with the hip movement from pedaling just kills me.

However, I am a new man spread out on a road bike. With about a third of the weight thrown forward on my hands, my back feels great. I've been road biking for about 18 months, and my back's in the best shape in 20 years.

Not sure what's best for your dad, but just my 2 cents, some screwed up backs like to be stretched forward rather than upright.






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washparkhornSponsor
2500+ posts
02/10/06 03:16 PM
Re: Bicycle Recommendations for my 60 year old dad [re: Iconoclast Texan]

Thanks K-Man.

I would be lying if I didn't tell you a large reason I wanted it was for the color.

It is a fun quick bike and good for commuting.








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02/10/06 03:48 PM
Re: Bicycle Recommendations for my 60 year old dad [re: Iconoclast Texan]

Take him back to his days of youth.







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washparkhornSponsor
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02/10/06 04:45 PM
Re: Bicycle Recommendations for my 60 year old dad [re: Iconoclast Texan]

That looks a little like the bike of my youth:










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