As you recall, I purchased the above bike back in May 2010. Well, somebody helped themselves to it. Yep, walked in my garage and goodbye. I am looking to replace it and need a little help. My bike was a Trek Pure with an internal 3-Speed hub. I have been looking around and I like the Townie, Specialized, and Electra has a Amersterdam model. Which one would you get? Or should I get the 2011 Pure which increased in price ($439)?
crayegg wrote:So I'm guessing you left your garage door open? Not very smart, but I think you probably realize that. It sucks, but it is the world we live in. Drag.
My family actually owns the kind of bikes that you are looking for from all three of those brands. In my experience, they all work really well for what they are but you have to keep in mind that they all have basically the same shifters, very similar frames, and they all have relatively fat tires. In other words, you're going to get basically the same bike from each brand, with slight variances in the frame, saddle, and tires, but nothing that would make or break a bike. When it comes to bikes, there's really not a particular "brand" that's better or worse than another(though, don't buy brands that you can find in walmart because those bikes are made to last for two weeks before breaking). For one, most brands of bike builders use the exact same shifter groups at a given price point, meaning that the level of shifting performance is going to be about the same across the board when comparing bikes at similar price points. All of the frames that different brands use are usually built in the same factory in Taiwain or China, meaning that the frame quality will be basically the same across the board. In general, all of the bikes that you are looking for are designed for comfort cruising, and all of the bikes that you are looking at will do very good at that job.
If you load up your bike in a bike rack often, what you might want to consider is the frame geometry of the bike. My mom's Electra, and my dad's Specialized both have curved and irregular geometries which make it really tough to fit on the bike rack. I often have to put my mom's upside down, and strap my dad's bike onto the rack vertically, which is just a pain because the bikes are quite heavy.
If you can provide links to the bikes that you are interested in, I can help you differentiate between the pros and cons of each bike, but other than that my advice would be just to pick a bike that looks right to you, is in the color that you want, and is at a bike shop/ store that you feel comfortable with.
I hope this helps and sorry to hear about your bike
crayegg wrote:Likely a teenager in your neighborhood stole it and sold it immediately. I would still keep my eyes open around the neighborhood though.
SoMelo wrote:Every bicycle has an ID #.. flip the bike over and look.. It should have been on the paperwork when you purchased it. If you have record of it you can file a police report
SoMelo wrote:The bicycle shop you purchased the bike from didn't give you any paperwork with the ID#? That's pretty irresponsible of them.
Unfortunately, there was no identification number on the receipt I gave to the PD.
You brought up your daughter...I didn't. Is she the "truther" daughter you mentioned earlier?Red wrote:
So, you persist in bringing up my family and accusing my Daughter of being a thief? You really are disgusting.
Parrotpaul wrote:You brought up your daughter...I didn't. Is she the "truther" daughter you mentioned earlier?
No accusations...just keep your eyes open.
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