Hi all. Great forum you have here. I have some newbie questions for you all.
First is the fun one. I've seen the "How do I convince the Wife of XXX". My issue is kind of backwards. She wants a new bike, but I'm having a hard time convincing her that she would be better off with a decent MTB instead of the single speed boulevard cruiser she wants. I know she'll never do any trail riding, but I do expect to see us off road some and with some hills.
Anyone have good arguments for me to make?
Now I have to deal with getting her a bike, my daughter a bike and me a bike. My 16 year old son wants the used cheep mongoose i was given. It's a "dualie?" (Front and read suspension) and I want a hard tail.
With 3 bikes to purchase I'm kind of shell shocked.
I'm thinking of a couple of bikes in the $200 range for wife and daughter. Both are about the same height, 5' 3". Daughter is a serious athlete (Top 5 State Gymnast), and wife isn't. She's not badly out of shape. I'm thinking a SportChalet purchase here wouldn't hurt me too bad? Nothing in the LBS is anywhere near inexpensive enough.
For me I was looking at the Marin Bobcat w/disc brakes for me?
This should give me and the family some bikes that we can cruse around the lake with or take to Yosemite. And give me and son something we can get more adventuresome with?
Oh ah kids are teens, but wife and I are in early 50s. I started a workout program 3 months ago with a full physical and doc cleared me. So I've worked up a morning swim to 1 mile a day. Thinking of doing a 30-45 minute ride one day and the swim the other. Swimmings been great for the cardio and upper body, but I'm really eating it on the tennis court with my daughter at night. So I'm thinking get back into cycling to work the lower body in the mornings. (oh down 22 lbs and counting 6' tall and 190 at the moment with a goal weight of 180 if that matters for bike suggestions.)
Anyway, thoughts gang, I could sure use some advice.
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