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Old 01-13-2014, 08:38 AM   #11
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I am 65 and I have two fold-up bikes from Camping World. One is a 1 speed and the other is a 6 speed. Wish they were both 6 speed. I did replace the seat on one for a larger padded seat. They are great!
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:07 AM   #12
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My DW and I bought bikes a couple of years ago to ride on the Rail to Trail system in central PA. We purchased what they call comfort bikes which have the bigger seat and just a seven speed shifter on the handle bar grip. The manufacture of the bike is Giant. They are a great bike and no problem so far.
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I would let them get the beech cruisers. They wont be doing hills anyway. Trikes are too big to fit in most RV's
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:32 AM   #14
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We are both in our 60's and started riding bikes about 5 years ago. Started with cheap comfort type bikes then quickly went to hybrid bikes from a local bike store (still have those and use them). Then we started really riding and purchased some mid-range road bikes and by the time we were up to 100 miles/week we purchased some carbon frame bikes (expensive but worth it). I also have a good single speed bike that I love and it would be the last bike to leave my house. So my suggestion is: look for used good quailty hybrid bikes and find some flat trails and then see if the bug bites.
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I'd pick up a pair of hybrid bikes. They have fatter wheels, flat bars and a more upright position. Whatever you do, don't cheap out and get a walmart special. Those are junk and are not fun to ride. They also weight a TON! They don't shift right and they are put together by folks who don't care. Like eldermike recommended, used hybrids would be a good option.
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:33 PM   #16
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Agree with the box store bikes, skip them, they are designed for 500 miles lifetime and most of them will never see that. That's a few weeks for me.
For a fun day riding bicycle trails (flat, easy paved trails) you can't beat a good hybrid bicycle, both of ours have 10K plus miles on them now. Never had a single issue with them other than several sets of tires and the normal cleaning of chain and gears.

For distance you can't beat a good road bike (10 speed) and you can get them setup for more comfort than a race setup type bike. I run tourning tires (700X28) on my road bikes because I hate flats. I do run the tiny aero seats because after riding a few years you don't notice the seats. I run clipless pedals but my wife runs comfort bike pedals and has no issues keeping up.

Everyone goes through the big fluffy seat phase when they start riding. Skip it and get use to the seat and save the money.
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Old 01-16-2014, 01:49 PM   #17
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Besides all the other information how would they transport several trikes with them as they go camping? Bicycles are easily managed but one or two trikes could present a problem. I am 62 and ride a hybrid which works great. Take them to a good bike shop and have them fitted for one. If you have a bike club in you area they would know which one to go too.
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I'd pick up a pair of hybrid bikes. They have fatter wheels, flat bars and a more upright position. Whatever you do, don't cheap out and get a walmart special. Those are junk and are not fun to ride. They also weight a TON! They don't shift right and they are put together by folks who don't care. Like eldermike recommended, used hybrids would be a good option.
As an owner of a Cheap out WW special, I'd have to disagree with your assessment. We [65 & 66] ride sparingly when we take longer RV trips as we are about to take. We are not and do not ever anticipate riding any more than a few miles in and around CG's and mostly paved flat riding paths. Since $$ is a consideration I can not justify writing a big check for a "Nice" bike that would no doubt weigh much less, be much better designed and assembled, and offer many more riding options.

Key point here is the bike we bought last year while in SC on our way to Fla, has maybe 30 miles on it and may get another 30 or 40 over the next 5 weeks. I will have my eyes open for a somewhat crusty nicer bike that someone in the CG has replaced or is retiring. If successful I'm sure it will serve us well at the same few miles per year as the WW special. It really doesn't require a bike that is specially sized and adjusted for a senior who just wants to cruise up and down the beach or CG path.

I was able to retire 10 years early for a number of reasons, but one big factor was not overbuying things just because I could.
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The wife and I bought bikes for our anniversary this year. We have only ever owned WW specials. After looking at way too many, we decided on Trek Hybrids. The weight and operation aren't even in the same league as the cheap junk you find at the big box stores. If nothing else, as RVers, the should be able to appreciate the weight difference. My 5'2" 130 lb wife can load our bikes by herself now.
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So my suggestion is: look for used good quailty hybrid bikes and find some flat trails and then see if the bug bites.
Could you give an estimated price range?
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