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When I first started riding on the Withlacoochee State Trail, I used a folding travel bike – a Bike Friday. It worked well as short-term visits, but soon my husband and I became full-blown snowbirds
When I first started riding on the Withlacoochee State Trail, I used a folding travel bike – a Bike Friday. It worked well as short-term visits, but soon my husband and I became full-blown snowbirds and had a place to keep our bicycles year-round. We began with standard bicycles, commonly called uprights or diamond frames.
There are lots of options. If you are just starting to ride, then sitting comfortably on a bike with a good seat cushion and flat handlebars is a good choice. Wider tires with thick treads provide good stability for newbies or recreational cyclists. I like toe clips, too, so that my feet are aligned properly on the pedals but can pull out easily when stopping. It is really helpful to have your local bike shop make sure your bicycle is set up properly for your size and leg length – so often I see informal riders with their seat stems set so low that their bent knees have to be hurting.
If speed is your thing, then you’ll want thinner tires, drop handlebars, pedals into which your bike shoes clip in and more to improve aerodynamics. I won’t expand on all the options as that type of rider is probably out on a road somewhere, not reading this column anyway – unless she or he is a friend of mine!