I’ve never been big on bicycles. My mom has a general policy that I shouldn’t be allowed to operate any kind of vehicle, whether motorized or not, so bikes were never really a big deal. I’m also not one of those people who’s going to wear spandex and shoes that clack on the floor with little mirrors on my helmet. Those people who run you over on trails…
I started looking around for a bicycle because I live without a car and I kind of wanted an easier way to get around the city, especially on weekends. What I’ve learned from this process so far is the following: buying a bicycle is basically the same as buying a car. And the price tag reflects that.
Perusing some websites to see what the price of something I’d be interested in would cost, I saw one that I thought was “cute” and it was, wait for it, $879. YEAH I KNOW RIGHT? FOR SOMETHING I HAVE TO MOVE MYSELF.
So anyway. After visiting the bike store around the corner, I learned that since this would be my main mode of transportation basically what I want is a step through bike, something comfortable and that I can sit upright in (or as I told the owner, “I really just don’t want the bike seat equivalent of a thong, you know what I mean?”), I was told I really, really, really need gears if I want to ride around here, and while I’d love a spiffy color I’d rather not blow every last penny I have on a flashy bike in the event that it gets stolen. (Though all this bike shopping has certainly made me pay closer attention to the bike rack outside Trader Joe’s.)
I am currently soliciting advice/suggestions on bike shopping. Your experiences? Your value priced bikes that were comfortable?