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06-11 Weight Loss Update and Cycling

June 11th, 2014 at 11:53 am

I finally hit the 50 lb weight loss point when I stepped on the scales today. Yippee! For a reward I was thinking about purchasing a bicycle to help with my moderate exercise routine, which for now is nothing but a lot of walking.

I have not owned a bike in over 20 years, and at my age(just over 60), I am not looking for anything really expensive, or off road, or racing at the speed of sound. I'm thinking about something economical that I can just cycle around the neighborhood, or maybe a very short trip to the corner store.

I have just begun researching the latest models and a couple of them caught my eye. The Cruiser models with just one speed, fenders, and the old fashioned pedal-back braking is reminiscent of the bike I had as a child. My understanding that the next step up is the Comfort models with gears.

My small town doesn't have a cycle shop, but the next little town over from me does have a couple. The one online site I visited had nothing under $600.00. No way! I went to a sporting goods store in the city nearby, but they didn't have any of the Cruiser models on display. I'm going to check out another sporting goods store this weekend.

If anyone has any suggestions, I'll gladly consider.
Thanks in advance.

9 Responses to “06-11 Weight Loss Update and Cycling ”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    Schwinn is great; I got a nice old bike for about $120 at the store. Didn't look like much and required the occasional repair, but overall a great savings on a good-quality bike. If your closest store doesn't sell used, you might try eBay.

  2. twest Says:

    Congratulations on the weight loss!

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    Wal Mart actually sells some nice bikes. We buy all our bikes there. My dad is a bike enthusiast and is always impressed with the quality and value I find at Wal Mart. He would not buy a bike there, but admits we do well.

  4. MonkeyMama Says:

    P.S. Congrats!!

  5. Miz Pat Says:

    You have done a wonderful thing. Just losing 25 lbs took months for me and the health benefits were astounding. Congratulations!!!!

  6. Shiela Says:

    great job

  7. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Wow congrats! Get a schwinn. I bought mine over 10 years ago for $120. Good deal for a hybrid. I still use it. I wish I had time to bike more. I might fork over more. My DH's bike is a trek and over 15 years old. His was about $800 when he bought it but he used to bike a lot and the same bike now with his components would be $1500-2k. He used to be a serious bike enthusiast. Biked all through canada.

  8. MonkeyMama Says:

    I couldn't remember for sure yesterday, but my bike is also a Schwinn.

  9. Dental Floss Tycoon Says:

    Thanks everyone for the comments and suggestions so far.

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