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    Bike for elderly people

    Hello everyone,
    I am a big fan of cycling for my pleasure since I was a kid. I think I also gave this interest to my father lately. My father would like to purchase a new bike. He bought this cheap bike 5 years ago (200$ kind of like a Hybrid bicycle) but had a knee problem at that time. Now that he went under knee surgery, he feels great and can pedal without a problem. I bought him a small bike computer. At 75 years old, he manages to do 37 Km on a sunny day ride. He rides 3 to 4 times a week. He is telling me that he would like a bicycle that is easier to pedal. I thought of a better quality hybrid because I do not thing he would be comfortable with a race or cyclocross bike.

    Any suggestions?

    p.s. In a way, I guess your suggestions will help us all

    Regards

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    Do you have a budget? Does he want it for bike lanes and such? If you start at some local shops ,they will help you find the right bike.

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    Nice to see the replies are flying in so fast. Thank you.
    Yes, a budget is available and I will soon make a visit to a bike shop with my father. As for the pedal assist bike, I once stopped at a bike trail rest area and chat a little with this man who was riding one. Nice technology, very interesting and I hear good comments on the radio accept you need to carry a second battery for these’ just in case’ moments and the cost is a little on the $$$ side but I can still manage that.

    And what about these performance hybrid bikes?

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    "A bike that is easier to pedal."

    Is he on a single speed bike? The natural solution to make a bike easier to pedal is to shift to a larger rear cog to provide more torque.

    Most bikes, even cheapo big box store style, have a gear ratio in that you could find a gear to be in that could allow you easy pedaling on just about any paved road.

    Now if he wants to go the same speed but have it be easier to pedal? Well that is a muscle building issue, not anything that can really be fixed with the bike unless you go the assisted route.

    Go to a local bike shop with him and tell them what you are looking for. Sometimes being properly fitted by a rep is a huge difference between a comfortable ride and a painful one.

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