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Old 01-12-2014, 10:52 AM   #1
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Bikes For Retired Parents......

Our camping parents are mid 60's. I've never seen them ride bikes before but my Mom recently expressed interest in riding a bike when camping and also possibly when at home. They're both not the slimmest of people anymore and could shed a few pounds.

My Dad mentioned something about beach cruisers. I know most are single speed without gears but I think gears are better for whatever hills they might encounter. They're not going to encounter any kind of crazy hills in their cycling though.

Being that they haven't ridden in a long time (I'm 34 and don't remember them riding), I think a tricycle is a better option. I've talked to my brother and sister about this and they think the tricycle is a better option for safety reasons.

Any thoughts? It looks like a SS trike goes for about $250. A geared trike is a little more and a geared folding trike is about $370. The geared folding trike might be good since they camp a lot.
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I'm 65. I'm sure your parents appreciate your thoughts which have their interests in mind. That said, I think that a conversation with your parents is in order too see what type of bicycle they see as best for them. Perhaps your research into the type of bicycles available would help them to make their own decision.
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Old 01-12-2014, 11:41 AM   #3
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I'm 65. I'm sure your parents appreciate your thoughts which have their interests in mind. That said, I think that a conversation with your parents is in order too see what type of bicycle they see as best for them. Perhaps your research into the type of bicycles available would help them to make their own decision.
I'm trying to. lol I love bikes and actually have 4 of them, each serving a different purpose. I'm just trying to gather some information to make a good decision. I plan to run everything by them so they don't just jump into it and make the wrong decision.
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Old 01-12-2014, 12:09 PM   #4
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Electra Townie 3I or 7D would by my recommendation. Very upright, flat foot, geometry is very comfortable. Somewhat of a cruiser styling, but more of a hybrid.

My folks (65 & 67) would be very insulted if I bought them trikes.
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I don't have access to the camper right now. Could someone tell me the dimensions of the bike carrier on our 26RLS?
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There are lots of used bikes and trikes on Craig's list, at yard sales & thrift stores. It's a good place to start if you are not sure about what you want. No big loss if stolen, damaged or doesn't work out.

Then go to the bike store and buy a good quality bike, knowing it's what you like and that you like riding.

My other advice is to go to a real bike store that let's you try out different bikes to see how they feel. It makes a big difference to have a bike that fits well.
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Then go to the bike store and buy a good quality bike, knowing it's what you like and that you like riding.

My other advice is to go to a real bike store that let's you try out different bikes to see how they feel. It makes a big difference to have a bike that fits well.
Very good advice.

I'm going to be a "young" 63 next month and I've been wanting a bike as well. I plan on going to a bike store and have one fit for me (I'm 6'3"). One of the main things I'm looking for is a nice wide comfy bike seat! None of those skinny ones that will go up in the crack, if you know what I mean!!
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IMO trikes are to heavy to break down and transport unless that is the only way they can ride.

I would try some out ans see what they feel comfortable riding before making any big investments.
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[QUOTE=clubhouse;168488My folks (65 & 67) would be very insulted if I bought them trikes.[/QUOTE]

My parents are much older than that now, but when they were in their 60's , it would be a slap in the face to buy them trikes... You might not like the next sweater you get for Christmas...
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I should add that we are both mid-sixty's and are fine with bikes. Trikes would be harder to take with us and probably limit the places we can ride.

Our choice for bikes was a compromise between street and dirt. Wider tires with some grippy, but not knobby, tread along with a good range of gears. Even when the ground is flat you can face a stiff headwind so lower gears are good to have.

I also have a 40 year old 10 speed with narrow street tires. I thought it was still great until we went looking for a new bike for Nan. But after hopping on a new one to go along on Nan's test ride, I was hooked on how much more comfortable it was and how much easier it war to ride. We both left the shop with new bikes.
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