MaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 19393 posts, RR: 50 Posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2282 times:
I'd like to buy a bicycle for biking around town but also for my commute to work. The one I have is 15 years old and rusted out thanks to the sea air. Any recommendations? I don't really have a price range as long as it's good quality and will last a long time. Then again I don't really want to spend thousands of dollars on a bike just for going to work and the bike trails in the neighborhood.
CanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3424 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2253 times:
For the city of Whitehorse I would recomend the same bike I invested in. It's relatively cheap (about $500ish I paid, including a little thing that tells you your speed, trip distance, etc); and built like a rock. I've been riding the s*** out of it for a year now and I've yet to have any kind of maintenance problem with it (my last bike I was always fixin something, replacing something or adjusting something).
However, I will admit that half of the "city riding" in Whitehorse involves off road trails, snow, or mud. So yeah the road it's ok to ride and the trails it handles very well.
Jean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2242 times:
I'd recommend going for a Hybrid made by Giant. Giant bikes really have the best value and excellent construction, in my opinion. And a hybrid is what you want for city riding, unless your city has absolutely impeccable roads, in which case a road bike might be in order - but this would be less comfortable.
Don't waste your time on a mountain bike. I guess some folks still think they're 'cooler' to ride, but they're really a waste of energy.
Finally, when cycling is compared to other per-capita deaths and injuries, you're nearly twice as likely to be killed by a horse, six times more likely to drown, and 100 times more likely to die of pneumonia or the flu:
Death Rate per Capita
From cancer - 2,010
From pneumonia/flu - 237
From poisoning - 73.5
From falling - 50.9
From suffocation - 44.0
While walking - 16.9
From drowning - 14.8
While driving - 12.9 While motorcyclng - 9.8
On horseback - 3.8 While bicycling - 2.5
Struck by lightning - 2.0
While skiing - 0.2
...And lastly, cyclists (here in the US, anyway) are not a road hazard. I could go get more data, but instead I'll let my 20 years of cycling experience attest to the fact.
Andz, if you're speaking specifically for South Africa, that's fine. Just don't attempt to apply your generalizations to every other country.
Pelican From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 2533 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2210 times:
I use a KTM for my everyday rides to work or university and even for shopping. It's really well built and reliable. But I doubt you get KTM-bicycles in the states, so I agree with Jean Leloup. Giant bikes are good value for your money.
Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8594 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2163 times:
Quoting 2H4 (Reply 10): Just don't attempt to apply your generalizations to every other country.
Oh get off your high horse. Did you see me say "this applies all round the world?" I said that having seen what cyclists go through here, it is valid. As for waste of energy, I would rather use my energy doing something more constructive that pedalling a mobile road obstacle.
[Edited 2006-04-10 19:20:02]
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8957 posts, RR: 56
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2148 times:
Quoting Andz (Reply 13):
Oh get off your high horse. Did you see me say "this applies all round the world?"
No, I didn't...but I did see you base your input on the assumption that Denmark is the warzone you're used to...
Quoting Andz (Reply 13): As for waste of energy, I would rather
Exactly. Keyword being "rather". If one were inclined to examine facts, bicycles are anything but a waste of energy.
The fact is, Andz, you said "Bicycles are a waste of energy, dangerous and a road hazard". You then went on to recommend...to a citizen of Denmark, apparently...to "get something safer". Things are different in Denmark than in South Africa, Andz. Perhaps we should keep that in mind when making recommendations.