The best Pushbike for a oldie..lol?

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Well there's been a lot discussed on this forum for years in regard to holidaying and camping and whats the best item to have to suit your personal needs, But thinking riding a bike to keep a few muscles active is not such a bad idea. Now the last bike I rode was a Malvern star" Mens job, with the nut crusher bar across the middle!!, The wife is also keen on this idea so looking at the latest bikes and PRICES! is a bit like looking at the latest caravans,So for those fit oldies out there that ride a pushie,whats the best way to go here?
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Reply By: Member - DW Lennox Head(NSW) - Friday, May 13, 2016 at 20:14

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 20:14
Get yourself a hybrid bike as you can ride it almost everywhere. Get a decent seat such as a Selle Italia as some seats are like tractor seats and they are very uncomfortable.
You get what you pay for!
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Follow Up By: axle - Friday, May 13, 2016 at 20:28

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 20:28
Thanks Mate, Have to have a good seat no matter what!


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Reply By: Member - Peter H1 (NSW) - Friday, May 13, 2016 at 20:28

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 20:28
Get an electric one.

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Follow Up By: axle - Friday, May 13, 2016 at 20:42

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 20:42
Nah!, I like a challenge!.

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Reply By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Friday, May 13, 2016 at 21:06

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 21:06
Axle
Three wheels is the way to go. I know its not a bicycle , its a tricycle but harder to fall off'.
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Follow Up By: axle - Friday, May 13, 2016 at 21:18

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 21:18
LoL! Muzbry will have to think about that one

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Reply By: maurice b - Friday, May 13, 2016 at 21:56

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 21:56
What about this one ,only pedal if you want to.640 km range
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Follow Up By: axle - Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 08:11

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 08:11
That looks good, what more do you need?
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Follow Up By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 15:54

Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 15:54
By the lookof that on , you'll need a machine gun.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, May 13, 2016 at 22:43

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 22:43
Axle, Its not about the bike....its all about the lycra :-)
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Reply By: Michaeljp - Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 00:36

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 00:36
Axle, I'm 51 and take my dual suspension MTB on all my holidays. I like going for a ride in the late afternoon after a long drive to stretch the legs. I don't take my urban type bike. Dual suspension is so much better on old bones.
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 07:08

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 07:08
Gday Axle, my suggestion is an exercise bike. Buy one with a cup holder and you can watch TV and enjoy a beer at the same time. This will save you heaps on helmets, band aids and hospital bills. Oh! When you assemble the exercise bike, don't bother putting the pedals on, they just get in the way! Hope I have helped! Regards, Michael
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Follow Up By: axle - Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 08:14

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 08:14
Ah!, Your such a ideas man ..lol.


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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 09:14

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 09:14
Yes Axle, I'm way ahead of myself! Michael! :)
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Reply By: Member - Allan L2 - Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 07:53

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 07:53
Good morning Axle, Go to a reputable bike shop & diccuss your needs & expectations with an experienced rider. I personally would suggest a hybrid. I've had mountain bikes & road bikes but age creeps up our needs change. Get measured up & purchase a bike that is the correct size & of reasonable quality. Remember you only get what you pay for. A nice bike correctly fitted up to your size is a pleasure to ride. It's not one size fits all. The wrong bike will turn out to be a pain in the arse literally.

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Follow Up By: Ron N - Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 13:04

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 13:04
Good advice, Allan. I wasn't aware until a few years ago that there are variations in the sizes of frames on bikes, to fit the variations in human frame sizes.

My missus originally bought a cheap Chinese bike about 7 years ago, with no input from the bike shop owner (he was Canadian, so perhaps that's the reason? - they only know about skis! LOL).

She had a lot of trouble riding it, until one day, about 3 years ago, I won a pushbike in a street festival raffle. I already had a decent semi-mountain bike, so I gave the prize to her.

The prize-giving bike shop owner was excellent, and explained how there were different frame sizes, and he selected the frame size she should be riding (she's a big girl, 5' 9" and with a big-boned frame).

The prize was worth $280 for a basic bike, but she put another $145 towards the purchase and bought a better-quality bike, with the right size frame for her, with the seat of her choice, and other accessories she wanted.

She's very happy with it, and says it's so much easier to ride and more comfortable than the old bike.

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 14:12

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 14:12
Ahh Ron, So many women would yearn for..... "the seat of her choice". lol
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:15

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:15
Hi Axle,
Fancy joining the Lycra Mob do we?
If you are keen to "to keep a few muscles active" what is wrong with simply walking? The benefits are comparable without the considerable investment in a mechanical contrivance.
Besides, where do you find a Latte Shop when out camping? lol
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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:47

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:47
Gets my vote, Stay on footpaths. Cars and pushbikes don't play well together.

The last time I rode a tredley was accompanying one of my teenage grand sons to his favourite fishing hole. " Only a couple of k's Pop" says he.

Yeah right. Now I hadn't been on one of these modern day instruments of torture for more years than I care to remember, but as "they" say you never forget.

After not much distance I began to remember why I tried to forget. Add a bit of anesthetic and who needs an operating theater to get a sex change.

Axle, unless you are into masochism definitely get a good seat

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Reply By: Ron N - Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:43

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:43
Axle, if you buy yourself a bike, you'll have to get rid of all your 4WD's!! ...

... because once you own a bike and start riding on roads, you'll very quickly start to hate every single, pushy, arrogant, polluting, road-hogging, bike-hating, 4WD-owner!! LOL

Cheers, Ron.
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Follow Up By: axle - Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 14:01

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 14:01
LOL!, that would probably be right Ron, But I must admit in some locations along the East Coast especially the Central Coast, Councils have done a surprisingly good job constructing bike tracks, they go for miles around the lake edges.


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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 15:26

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 15:26
You've had some good replies, Axle, but too many of them been more than half serious. After all it's supposed to be fun........?

Maybe if you check these units out, they might be more your style. If you took a fluffy pillow with you, you would be able to grab a quick "nanna nap" beside the bike path........if the need arose. Had a look at the link myself and for some reason can't stop giggling about the one called "Recreation " !!! Need to get my mind out of the gutter..............

Happy cycling Axle,

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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 15:55

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 15:55
Bob ! I hope my suggestion was in the serious pile, I'm a serious kinda guy!! regards, Michael
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 09:54

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Took it as full on serious, Michael! (Chuckle, chuckle, giggle)

After all you've kept Axle off the highway(safety), cupholder(rehydration, very important when bike riding) and TV(keeps the mind active, and up to date on current affairs.........or footy)

Thought the pedal idea was excellent, as there's now no chance Axle will injure his legs when his sweaty foot slips out of the pluggers.

Yeah, totally serious, Michael! :-)

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Reply By: LAZYLUX16 - Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 22:12

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 22:12
axle you can by gel seat covers for seat or buy gel seat and puncher resistant tyres, I had Malvern Star for 20 odd years made in Adelaide ...Go Cash Converters usually got plenty bikes I bargained them on a good quality bike ..good luck if all fails get a wheel chair ha ha ha
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Reply By: Steve - Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 20:11

Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 20:11
Just had a quick Google and ....... 24 gears ? Gee, bit of an upgrade on 3 speed Sturmey Archer..... And what happened to drop handle bars? Thought they were better to get down and get some leverage? Would love to be brought up to 21st century cycling. Fancied something fairly rugged but could use on the road too.
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Reply By: Baz - The Landy - Monday, May 16, 2016 at 08:26

Monday, May 16, 2016 at 08:26
Definitely a tandem bike, one where you get to sit at the back and enjoy the ride while someone else is peddling…

Jokes aside, I have a 29-inch mountain bike with front suspension, works for me!

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Follow Up By: Ron N - Monday, May 16, 2016 at 11:20

Monday, May 16, 2016 at 11:20
Hey Axle & Baz - If you don't like pedalling, maybe you should upgrade to one of these! ...

Zero Motorcycles - electric motorcycle

These will get you to where you're going without any pedalling effort, they cost virtually nothing to run, they need virtually no maintenance, and they're exceptionally quiet!

The smallest one produces 44HP and the biggest one is 67HP! That'll get you to 100kmh in 3.3 secs - and show all those smart young whippersnappers you ain't no bike-riding, puffing, spent force! LOL

Maybe you could be like that old fella, Preston Petty (watch the customer videos) - and take up speedway riding with your electric motorcycle!
It sure beats an electric gopher as the alternative! LOL

Cheers, Ron.
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