Ellen is having that problem that most of us have when we want to buy a new bike, “which one to go for?” she had done her homework and narrowed her choice down a little, but she still wants advice on the best one for her, so here we go again!
Question: I am a woman in my mid fifties. I want to start cycling for exercise & pleasure. The last bike I had was a Schwinn with coaster brakes. The hybrids appeal to me, especially those designed for women. I have attempted to “do my research” but am more confused than before I started.
I narrowed my search to the Giant Cypress LX, the Trek 7300 and the Specialized Crossroads Elite. I have lower back problems and need a bike that can do the work on inclines. Can you advise on the best bike? I thought I would go for the Giant but then read several reviews about its weight, the Trek about its shifting…I’ll never get started at this rate. PLEASE HELP.
Well, bikes have changed quite a bit since you had your Schwinn. OK looking at your choice of bikes your correct about the Giant, it is the heaviest, but there is nothing wrong with the gear change on the Trek as they are Shimano.
The Specialized Crossroads Elite looks like it has everything you need. It has an upright position for your back problem, has Shimano Deore rear derailleur with Alivio Rapid fire shifters and a nice spread of the 8 speed gears that should get you up most any hill.
The best thing has to be the suspension front and back, front fork suspension to take any bumps out of your ride to keep your hands comfortable and the seat pin suspension will save your butt from roughest of ground.
The frame has a good low step over for easy getting on and off and the wheels are 700c, so they are built for nice rolling and comfort, specially with the Specialized tires which are comfortable and hard wearing. The saddle is made like a living room settee, comfort being the most important function with big springs to take care of any bumps that the suspension forks or suspension seat pin cant.
The Giant Cypress and the Trek 7300 are very good bikes, but I think the Specialized Crossroads Elite specifically for women would be the one for you to go for considering your special requirements from a bike. Good luck with you’re cycling Ellen.
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