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Old 10-24-2013, 11:25 AM   #1
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I want to ride my... Bicycle!!

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DW and I feel its time we got bicycles. Mainly for short trips around the park and local shopping. I can't see myself using them daily so don't feel I need and expensive 2 lb carbon-fibre Italian racing model. Something inexpensive, easy to ride and and comfy. Also suggestions for mounting racks on a Class A would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance


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Old 10-24-2013, 11:29 AM   #2
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Been there done that ! could not find a seat that did not tear me up. gave it up and just walk now.

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Old 10-24-2013, 11:32 AM   #3
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A good bike shop should be able to offer suggestions based on how you will use it and on which type of terrain. As far as carring them, there are many bike racks that will fit your hitch. there are even adapters to allow you to tow a vehicle and carry the bikes. I have seen some poeple mount their bike on the back of the tow vehicle. Just make sure to lock 'em.
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:47 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Buckola View Post
Hi all
DW and I feel its time we got bicycles. Mainly for short trips around the park and local shopping. I can't see myself using them daily so don't feel I need and expensive 2 lb carbon-fibre Italian racing model. Something inexpensive, easy to ride and and comfy. Also suggestions for mounting racks on a Class A would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance

My wife and I bought bikes a year ago @ Wal-Mart, we looked in the store then ordered on-line. Our store had models we liked, but not the colors we desired.

She bought a Kent brand, Susan B Komen for the cure pink version with a 7 speed Shimano twist grip shifter. I bought a Schwinn with the same Shimano set-up. I highly recommend you get something with gears and I also endorse the Shimano twist grip set-up. The lowest gear is quite low for going against the wind or up hills, the highest gear is more than you need but fun when you really want to go. We have $265 in the 2 bikes and have not had any trouble in the year we have owned them. They are Chinese mfg. but; I think they all are except the hi-tech $$ stuff. Have an air pump with you in the MH as the Chinese tubes are more porous than anything I rode as a kid.
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:49 AM   #5
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I have tried a few but this one is by far my favorite. Holds bikes securely, easy to load and unload, and simple adjustable locking devices.

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Old 10-24-2013, 11:57 AM   #6
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I cycle a lot (average about 5-7,000 miles/year) so have some opinions.

The good news is quality bikes have really come down in price. Here are some "commandments" to consider.

Go to a bike shop to get your bike. Not Walmart. (you won't ride a Walmart bike more than a couple times)

Test ride a bike or two. Heck, make it an adventure and go to a couple different places.

If you buy a cheap bike, you won't ride it much. A smooth well working bike is enjoyable. A cheap one only makes your legs and butt hurt.

While you're at the bike shop, make sure they consider your size and fit you to the bike. There is nothing worse than trying to ride a bike that doesn't fit. It's kind of like shoes. If they are too small or too big.....well you get the idea.

Stay away from big soft seats with a lot of cushion, they actually cause more friction & pain. Look for something with medium & somewhat firm padding. The first couple of rides will leave you a bit sore. Give it a day or two. Gradually the seat will quit hurting.

Seats are personal. What fits you won't fit the next guy. Get the bike shop to let you try a couple. You will be able to tell what is comfortable pretty quickly.

Bike shorts are worth it.

You may want something like this
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Don't waste your time with something like this

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Old 10-24-2013, 12:06 PM   #7
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Totally agree, stay away from dept store bikes. Spend the money for a quality entry level bike from a bike shop. At this time of year you can find good deals in this yr models. My bike is a now 20 yr old Bianchi moutain bike, my wife's Marin is now almost 10 yrs old, they last. I also don't recommend suspension forks unless you do a lot of rugged trail riding. Consider a rigid frame non suspension hybrid or comfort bike .
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Old 10-24-2013, 12:44 PM   #8
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I have a couple different seats here in the motor home, One is a "Wide body" (They target seniors) it's in a box in the spare room (Yes, I have a spare (most of the time) room, now that my wife is gone). the one on the bike is a common type used on touring bicycles.

As for the bicycle.. I'd get a good one as a good one properly maintained will last you a long time.. A good bicycle shop will have a variety of bicycles. And seats, and may be able to let you try several. They will also "Fit" the bicycle to you (This is more important than you think).. at 6'3" I'm not that easy to fit . (That said, I road down to coffee this am and back About 8mph in the 5mph zone, and just a degree or two above FREEZING,, I kept warm though)

I actually prefer to ride the bicycle for trips within my personal range.. For the 20 miles to church come December... I'll take the Neon (Car) but around the park, weather permitting (not often this week) I take the bicycle.

For low cost check the following

Salvation Army
Habbit stores
Other "Charity" stores (Church/Camp, Et-al)
Big Lots

Some of the bicycles in the first four are good quality machines, (you do need to know how to tell the difference)

As an example of the bargains you can get.. I have a pair of trousers (Good ones too) they were brand new when they were donated, the store tags from the store they were originally sold at were still on 'em. the tag was $65.00

I paid 8.00
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Old 10-24-2013, 01:17 PM   #9
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As I understand it you only want to ride around campgrounds and short easy trips so you don't need an expensive bike for that. I use a beach cruiser I got from Wal-Mart that I ride all the time. It works just fine in campgrounds and on the beach. 3 speed, simple, easy to use. I would also check Craigs List in your area for used ones as well. I have a bike rack that fits on my toad hitch. It's similar to this one. If you don't pull a toad, then it will fit on your rv hitch.
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Old 10-24-2013, 02:18 PM   #10
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Craig's List - I bought a pair of good quality hybrid bikes in good condition for $150.00.

The Swagman XC rack noted above is a nice and popular rack. I just missed one on Craigs List the other day...
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Old 10-24-2013, 02:35 PM   #11
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TexasTom gave good advice, I have a Gary Fisher and the DW has a Trek.
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Old 10-24-2013, 04:35 PM   #12
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I have two bikes for myself. A dept store bike for camping and a cannondale road bike for home.
I dont worry about my dept store bike being in the rain, getting banged around, or possibly stolen and most of my riding is short trips anyways.

Dept store bikes aren't bad if you understand their weaknesses.
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:28 PM   #13
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If you want comfort riding, plus stability, try recumbent trikes.
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I agree with TexasTom. Don't go cheap; start with a reputable bike shop. You are gonna end up with a moderately-priced bike that you are going to WANT to ride. Wife and I ride everwhere we stop; is our preferred way to explore. Bike rack mounts to the back of the Toad and will carry 4 bikes (2 MTB, 2 road) so we are prepared for whatever kind of surface we find needs discovered. Is quality time together, gets us into scenery many won't ever see, plus great exercise. \ken

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