Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Should I buy this bike??

I really want a bike - something that works with my extremely short frame and arthritic wrists. I think this Schwinn Cruiser might be the ticket. I could ride it to work, to the pool, etc. and it would fit my fat a$$, my short arms, and my numb hands. It's available at Target for $129, or I could get a "nicer" brand at a local bike shop for $249. Either way I'm buying a groovy set of back baskets or a front wicker variety. There are a couple of used cruisers on Craig's list but the current owners are about an hour away.

What is your vote??

Of course, if the oil companies and speculators weren't so greedy I could afford gas and could therefore keep my lazy butt in my minivan where there is air conditioning and cloth seats. Then again, I wouldn't have such a lazy fat behind if I rode a bike more often.

14 comments:

michaelg said...

I think you should get the bike at the bike shop and here's why: they can help you find the right size and fit it for you. At Target, some pimply teen will say "Uh, yeah, that one looks about right."
You might not end up with something as pretty in pink, but you'll find a good ride that will work for you for a long time. You can always girly up a boring bike. I would be happy to help.

laurie said...

that's an adorable bike.

if you have arthritic hands, you definitely need a bike that lets you sit up straight, so you're not putting weight on your hands. (i have the same problem.)

that's the main thing to watch for.

i agree with michaelg, you don't want to go too cheap because it might not be good for your body. and then you'll never use it!

kirelimel said...

I want a pink bike too! See, I'm silly and I'd say, "COLOR over quality!!!" but then, you've got two people, obviously smarter than I, who can steer you in the right direction- but pink bikes ROCK!!!!

dang, are you my twin, I mean really!

kirelimel said...

I found some good bikes for you! I posted my favorites and link on my blog. Check them out! check them out! (read that as if I'm a little kid bouncing up and down while I say it in an annoyingly high voice)

Mnmom said...

Michael G - I will probably buy the "good" bike and totally girlie it up and you are now committed to helping.

Laurie - I'm so glad to hear someone else say the same. Most folks think I'm just whiny or crazy. I've already had surgery for Carpal Tunnel in one hand, and the arthritis makes most handle bars unbearable.

Kirelimel - don't you just LOVE that pink??!?? I just WANT it.

Dr. Monkey Hussein Monkerstein said...

Get the pink bike.

Christopher Tassava said...

Get the best bike you can afford - no matter the color or whatnot. Riding a good bike is much more fun and better for you than riding a bad one. Mike's Bikes has a wide array of streamers, pink horns, and other girly things. Don't forget a helmet! Helmets are mandatory. They also come in pink.

Christopher Tassava said...

Also , riding a bike it proven to be the best way to get to work!

Scott J. said...

Support the local bike shop. You'll feel even better about it as you whizz down the sidewalks on Pink Thunder (assuming the shop can set you up with a pink bike).

Next step - cards in the spokes. This is a must for Summer bike riding, especially if you hope to have any street cred with the local kids.

Then - paper route! You know you want to...

kirby said...

Go for the pricier bike at the local bike shop. Nothing rides worse than a cheap bike. Plus, the folks at the local place will generally give your bike a free tune-up after you spend a few months breaking in the cables.

Missy said...

Have you already bought the bike? I am no bike expert....I ride my friend's old 1968 Made in England Raliegh cruiser that weighs about 50 pounds because it is so cute!

It is green and needs a cute wicker basket to make it perfect. I like to ride it on the Green Way to the lakes.

I have a lighter Target bike that my Mom got on clearance for $10 which I use to ride 8 blocks to the gym...I mean, which I intend to someday use to ride 8 blocks to the gym.

Hooray for bikes!

Mnmom said...

Nope, no bike yet. But I plan to travel to Mike's Bikes here in Northfield to test drive their cruisers this week.

Dr Zibbs said...

do not buy this bike. Way too nerdy. Hold out for a trek hybrid.

Gail said...

Hey that's my bike! http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=pink%20bike&w=73007901%40N00