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cm11599ps

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Our camping parents are mid 60's. I've never seen them ride bikes before but my Mom recently expressed interest in riding a bike when camping and also possibly when at home. They're both not the slimmest of people anymore and could shed a few pounds.

My Dad mentioned something about beach cruisers. I know most are single speed without gears but I think gears are better for whatever hills they might encounter. They're not going to encounter any kind of crazy hills in their cycling though.

Being that they haven't ridden in a long time (I'm 34 and don't remember them riding), I think a tricycle is a better option. I've talked to my brother and sister about this and they think the tricycle is a better option for safety reasons.

The have a 2013 Jayco camper with the sliding bike rack in the rear. Does anyone think 2 adult trikes would fit on the bike carrier? Would folding trikes be a better option? I cycle and I know how important gears are when you deal with hills. Would the single speed trikes work or should we get gears?





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I am 65 and ride a "beach cruiser" with a three speed rear axle and pedal actuated brakes. I have had it for years, and other than new tires and tubes once in a while, it is pretty maintenance free. My wife also has a beach cruiser, but with a five speed rear axle and hand brakes. I works fine for her, but the gears and brakes need adjustment frequently.

In my opinion, it is important that the bike is the proper size for the rider. I would recommending visiting a real bicycle shop where someone knowledgeable can properly fit the bike to the rider. It is probably worth it to spend a little more on a good bike rather than going the WalMart route. We are in a resort area, and the local rental places buy good quality bikes, but sell them off cheap after a season or two ....

Personally, I intend to hold off on the trikes as long as I can. They seem more difficult to maneuver, park, harder to pedal, and would be more difficult to transport ....


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I hope your parents don't see this post if you think mid sixties need trikes... LOL

Like others said I would look for a single or three speed beach cruiser. Ask your parents their inseam and it should help you get the correct size bikes.


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I'm in my mid 60's and if my kids even suggested tri bikes i would be pretty Peeved off unless they were disabled. Go to a REAL bike shop with them and get a couple of GOOD bikes. Might have to pay a few bucks but they will be happy with something of QUALITY.

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They (and you) mean well, and I hope they use whatever you/they buy. But don't be surprised if the bikes end up in the garage with the treadmill.

The GF has 3 very nice bicycles and never rides them. Do your folks do any kind of exercise now?

* This post was edited 01/12/14 10:39am by 2oldman *

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I'm 50 and too old for a 2 wheel bike. I can't imagine the pain when I fall off of the thing. Not like when your a kid and you heal up quickly. I had a 3 wheel bike but, everybody laughed at me so I don't have it anymore. I've looked at newer and different style of 3 wheel bikes but, the price is more then I want to pay.

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I'm 67 and ride a "comfort" bike 20-40 miles a week. The nice thing about a comfort bike over a beach cruiser is suspension. Mine has cushioning front forks and a "shock" in the seat tube, which makes for a little nicer ride. More speeds mean finding the right gear for easy riding.
Ride a couple of bikes before you buy, not all will ride the same, you want something that doesn't take a lot of work just to get rolling. The easier the bike is to ride, the more likely it will get used.

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I'm 70 and definitely not too old for a 2-wheel bike. It depends on the person and how motivated they are. Maybe it would help them take off a few pounds. Give them credit for wanting to try.

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The only exercise they do is maybe to hit the gym a few times a month and walk the dog around the block a few times a month.

The thought of them riding a two wheel bike kind of scares me a little because I can't remember them EVER riding a bike. Like I said, they're not the slimmest of people anymore and I don't want to see them fall and get hurt. I slipped on some ice at work 2 days ago and was in pain that day and yesterday.

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I can ride a two wheel bike just fine, but love my folding trike! I use it to take out the garbage and make grocery runs, it really hauls. Plus, because it's a bit harder to pedal, it burns more calories when I'm out cruising.

Here's the one I have: Westport folding adult trike


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