||[May. 8th, 2007|07:53 pm]
The Question Club
What kind of bike should I get?|
I am currently riding a 1970s 3-speed from J.C. Penny's, and it is really cute and I love the way it shifts gears (internal hub), but it's just not quite efficient. It weighs a lot and it takes a lot of effort to get where I need to go. I also have a ladies Schwinn Le Tour, from I think the 80s. I recently got it tuned up, but it now squeaks a lot when I ride it, and the front wheel randomly fell off while I was riding and I can't get it back on properly and it scares me to try to ride it again.
I really like the vintage styled bicycles, but I think I might want something newer that will take me more places more easily and with more comfort. I am a college student, however, with a pretty modest price range. I live in Eugene, Oregon, and it's pretty flat and bike-friendly, with most everything I need within a mile radius. I would like something that could take me 5 miles without too much effort, and up hills if necessary. I don't plan on doing any kind of off-roading.
Suggestions? As I'm sure you can tell, I know nothing about bikes.
ETA: I don't want a cruiser. I want something lighter, slightly more aerodynamic and better for longer rides if I choose to take them. And not single-speed. I don't like the feel of cruisers, really. I might consider one eventually, but... for now, no. I also reaaaally don't want to buy one from somewhere like Target or Wal-Mart. I'd prefer to support a local bike shop, so I think I'm looking more for suggestions of specific models or brands... I think I was a hybrid, commuter or touring kind of bike. Which are all kind of pretty much the same, or used for the same sorts of activities.