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Old 12-11-19, 08:42 PM
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Comfortable bike

a friend of mine sees me riding and already know what type of bike he wants not able to understand how we ride. long story short, he wants a straight bar (comfortable bike) Does anybody have any subjection? since i know, it will only last a season before he changes his mind and want something else. at least top 5 for a guy complaining about pain before he gets the bike. thanks everyone.
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Old 12-11-19, 08:45 PM
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Old 12-12-19, 08:50 AM
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Originally Posted by taz9803 View Post
Does anybody have any subjection?
Start over. What is your question? Simply?
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Old 12-12-19, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
Start over. What is your question? Simply?
sorry for the confusion. I need recommendation on a comfortable bike for an older man.lol
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Old 12-12-19, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by taz9803 View Post
sorry for the confusion. I need recommendation on a comfortable bike for an older man.lol
Much better!
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Old 12-12-19, 09:30 AM
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Much better!
he be stressing me .lol
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Old 12-12-19, 09:43 AM
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Have your friend at least look at recumbents. The whole point is that they are ultra comfortable. Think lazyboy with pedals.
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Your friend is a mature man? Take him to a bike shop and let him talk with the floor salesman and determine what he wants to test ride. He's paying, right?
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Does he ride where there are hills? Will he ride on the road or trails?

The recumbent suggestion is a good one if your friend is receptive to that. For a decent straight bar bike, the Cannondale Quick series bikes are nice. I helped a friend pick one out years ago and she loves it. My wife got one in 2012 and still over it as well. I have even considered one though I don't really need another bike like that. https://www.cannondale.com/en/USA/Pr...9-b13aff601fab
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For an older man that is not a speed demon, absolutely a recumbent bike or trike is best for comfort.

What I have seen so many times is an older person wants to ride for exercise. A bike shop will sell him some sort of a mountain bike. After a few rides he finds his rump is sore and riding it is really no fun. That 3 to 500 dollar mountain bike get hung up in the garage, and 5 years later it is sold for $40 at a garage sale. OTOH a bent or a trike is not painful to ride, and the buyer will continue to ride it.

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The gung ho up right riders will dispute this and try to sell you on the "right" saddle and proper fitting. That of course is simply wrong. NOTHING comes even close to the comfort of a trike, or a recumbent bike.
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Old 12-15-19, 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
Your friend is a mature man? Take him to a bike shop and let him talk with the floor salesman and determine what he wants to test ride. He's paying, right?
yes, he got enough money.lol he went to the shop and they tried to sell him a beach bike. -_-
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Old 12-15-19, 08:42 PM
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I was thinking about the same thing. he thinks he's riding with me and my friends. I don't know how to explain that they leave me behind at 23mph
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Originally Posted by Notso_fastLane View Post
Have your friend at least look at recumbents. The whole point is that they are ultra comfortable. Think lazyboy with pedals.
working on that
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Old 12-16-19, 08:51 AM
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yes, he got enough money.lol he went to the shop and they tried to sell him a beach bike. -_-
The point of my question wasn't the money, actually. It was his personal responsibility to find his own answer. If he tells the shop that he wants to keep up with road riders at 23+ mph, then that changes the answer significantly. The shop employee can also help him to set reasonable expectations for himself based on his honesty/realism about his current shape, physical capacities, willingness to commit to work hard, and timeline for success.

If you were to talk him through these things, it might be offensive to him. If a shop does it, it's a professional service to him. That was what I was getting at...
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Don't know what you consider "older". I'll be 69 in a few days (still don't feel "old"), consider myself more of a recreational rider. I don't want to, nor could I, keep up with your friends at 23mph, even on my LeMond road bike-I'm fit and a fairly fast rider, but not 23mph fast. Before he goes bike shopping, I feel you owe it to him to explain that he may not be able to maintain pace he with you and your friends, regardless of the bike. That is, assuming that he won't be able to keep that pace. For comfort, he probably would do well on a hybrid. The hybrid section on here is good reading. If he isn't going to be riding with you due to pace, maybe he could find a Meetup group or bike club in the area with those that he would enjoy riding with, at his pace.
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
The point of my question wasn't the money, actually. It was his personal responsibility to find his own answer. If he tells the shop that he wants to keep up with road riders at 23+ mph, then that changes the answer significantly. The shop employee can also help him to set reasonable expectations for himself based on his honesty/realism about his current shape, physical capacities, willingness to commit to work hard, and timeline for success.

If you were to talk him through these things, it might be offensive to him. If a shop does it, it's a professional service to him. That was what I was getting at...

you're making a great point. as of right now he's thinking of fast riding and you 're right maybe if he hears it from someone from the shop it makes more sense. I'm putting too many things in his head, thanks

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Don't know what you consider "older". I'll be 69 in a few days (still don't feel "old"), consider myself more of a recreational rider. I don't want to, nor could I, keep up with your friends at 23mph, even on my LeMond road bike-I'm fit and a fairly fast rider, but not 23mph fast. Before he goes bike shopping, I feel you owe it to him to explain that he may not be able to maintain pace he with you and your friends, regardless of the bike. That is, assuming that he won't be able to keep that pace. For comfort, he probably would do well on a hybrid. The hybrid section on here is good reading. If he isn't going to be riding with you due to pace, maybe he could find a Meetup group or bike club in the area with those that he would enjoy riding with, at his pace.
the old part was just to say he's complaining. I can't hang with some of my older friends. wasn't trying to implied anything about being old. I tried to tell him how we ride because he thinks he's coming with us but as I'm reading more answers I see I was explaining to him the wrong way. he needs to start slow with whatever bike makes him happy and let him experience the need for a new bike on his own, thanks for the response
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Originally Posted by taz9803 View Post
a friend of mine sees me riding and already know what type of bike he wants not able to understand how we ride. long story short, he wants a straight bar (comfortable bike) Does anybody have any subjection? since i know, it will only last a season before he changes his mind and want something else. at least top 5 for a guy complaining about pain before he gets the bike. thanks everyone.
After six months or a year of relative serious driving he will sell that bicycle, or he will upgrade it with drop handlebar.

There are plenty of endurance bicycles on the market that are comfortable, some even have suspension, or systems that absorb bumps.

If he must have flat bar, Trek FX series, Canyon Roadlite, or similar bicycles... Tiagra 10 speed is fine, no need for something more on that kind of bike. If he want to be "different", Cannondale Badboy (Lefty fork)...
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
The point of my question wasn't the money, actually. It was his personal responsibility to find his own answer. If he tells the shop that he wants to keep up with road riders at 23+ mph, then that changes the answer significantly. The shop employee can also help him to set reasonable expectations for himself based on his honesty/realism about his current shape, physical capacities, willingness to commit to work hard, and timeline for success.

If you were to talk him through these things, it might be offensive to him. If a shop does it, it's a professional service to him. That was what I was getting at...
This...And when things go wrong, you don't want him to have reasons to blame you.

Point him in the right direction, but he should make all the decisions.
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Ultimately, the question is what is he capable of riding right now, if he gets something that might work better for him later, but doesn't work for him now, he'll just stop riding.

One thing I think BF posters underestimate is how intimidating it is for someone who knows next to nothing about bikes to talk to a salesperson. We who know bikes can generally see when we're being handed sales pitch bs, the newbie can't, and is afraid of coming home with a white elephant or an unsuitable set of wheels.

Go with him to a LBS while he test rides some stuff. Sounds like he's worried about the salesperson selling him what he really doesn't want (a cruiser), and you can bring a different perspective when he has questions. I'd also avoid telling him what should work for him, no one really knows until they try.
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"Perpendicular" straight bars may feel "comfortable" at first, but for some of us 50+ "parallel" drop bars are more comfortable in the long-run...or at least "swept-back" bars.
Homebrew01 is right...send him to an LBS and avoid putting yourself in a position that may incur future recrimination.
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Originally Posted by taz9803 View Post
I was thinking about the same thing. he thinks he's riding with me and my friends. I don't know how to explain that they leave me behind at 23mph
He is a friend, it shouldnt be difficult to tell him what speed the group typically rides and that he(or really any beginner) wont be able to keep up.

him- "I am going to ride with your group."
you- "That would be really fun, but they ride frequently and are really fast and I am often left behind. Riding with the group is something you should work towards, but wont happen right away."

Pretty simple.
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