Big Al wrote: Annpan wrote:
Well we decided to go with the... get the best that is reasonable for the job in habd (basically the prices above are what we paid) It arrived on Tuesday, I have been on it for a few miles (sans baby and seat - just on me tod)
The only major problem (besides it being vary large and a 'proper' mountain bike on which you can't lower the seat or raise the handle bars
) But the saddle is either a mans one or made for a pre-childbirth women... which IS a problem as [TMI WARNING] due to child birth my pelvic bones are wider that they once were which means that my pelvis is not well supported by the seat - it does not make cycling impossible by any means but I have more aches than I ought to have....
Where did you get the bike ?? sounds like you got a man's mountain bike. You did tell the shop that it was for a woman didn't you ?? Look at swaping the seat for a gel seat or a ladies seat. Wider, less pointy. YesI know it's a bit more expense but the comfort is great. If you can't lower the saddle then you have bought the wrong size frame bike I'm afraid.
What is the bike name and size of frame?
is the bike I have bought... 18" frame I did all the measurements and followed all the guidance I could as to the size of frame.
It IS a womans bike... It is only big because I think it is (that doesn't make much sense huh) I haven't ridden a bike for years and when you have to balance on this 2 wheeled monster it seems too big... but I actually have the height lower than is recommended... And I do find it odd that the handle bars can't be raised... I had thought I would have some kind of option as to my position while riding (ie more upright) but seems that I bought the wrong bike for that.
I have already been through the 'send it back' argument with OH and I think he is right that I was just overwhelmed and any bike would have been daunting. We are going through to the shop at the weekend (I was adamant that I would buy on-line, and I made the best choice I could) I plan on getting a new Big Ass saddle while there lol...
I don't think I have bought the wrong
bike, just one that is a bit scarier than the old ladies, step through frame, wide saddle, wicker basket, low saddle... which might have been an easier one to get on and off, but it wouldn't have survived on the rough paths and hills around here... Oh, and it is 24 gear... and any tips on how best to use them would be greatly appreciated... it would help with the hills.