I’m preparing to commute to and eventually from work by bicycle in order to lose weight and get healthy. I’d like to know what kind of bike I should buy and about any helpful sites.
The one way commute is 2.27 miles and most of the streets have bike lanes or I’d be on a sidewalk. I weigh 285lbs. I need to be comfortable and I must get there on time.
Any helpful suggestions? Thanks in advance
2.27 miles doesn’t sound bad, but you didn’t mention what kind of hills are on the route, or the weather. If the ground is fairly level, the Electra Townie series looks interesting. Big tires make a smooth ride, I believe they have an installed rack, and do have fenders. If you’re not in Death Valley, you will want fenders. If you are in San Francisco, you will want way more gears than you are going to find on a Townie. I never owned one, but did get to do a short ride on rough road. It was smooth and fun.
In general I’d suggest an internal geared bike (3 speed should work unless you have steep hills) since they’re pretty trouble free, with tire width of 32- 40mm, and fenders. And it needs to fit well- that’s really most important. Give yourself ~3 weeks of regular riding to let your bod get used to the idea. At first there will be discomfort, maybe in a variety of places, but you’ll adapt. Just go to a respected bike shop in your area for your first bike.
Before investing in a bike I would suggest just walking. A little over 2 miles is not a very long way. I’m suggesting this for a couple of reasons 1. many people start out with this idea and end up back in their car after a couple of weeks, thus the bike becomes an expensive garage decoration. 2. I think you would be better off getting into a little better shape by walking before investing in a bike that will be comfortable for someone your size. If you stick to walking you will probably stick to biking and in either case you will probably lose a few pounds.
Would y’all bicycle specialists help me out too? I’m looking to invest in a bike soon. I’m not too happy about the CTA fare hikes, or really the CTA in general, and would like to do the 18-mile round trip maybe two or three times a week. The bike would be used exclusively for this kind of city biking.
It seems like touring bikes are a good idea, right? In that you keep straight posture conducive to noting oncoming buses? I would say two miles of my commute would involve crazy ass traffic, the rest occurring on the lakefront bike path.
I imagine I’ll get a used bike off Craigslist. What brands are reliable? What else should I know? Like about where I should lock that bitch up so that it’s there for me after a pointless day at work.
I’m not an expert; but I’d think a ‘hybrid’ bike would be ideal for the city.
The ‘hybrid’ bikes are a blend of road bike and mountain bike.
You won’t go as fast as a road bike, but the bike is tougher and you won’t have be worried about every pothole or curb.
You can’t run trails like a mountain bike, but it’s faster and has better gearing for riding on smooth surfaces.