Occasionally people reach out to this blog for advice about bicycle routes, bicycles, or bike accessories. I’ve researched these topics for myself in the past, but with so many new products coming on the market, my personal knowledge isn’t that extensive or up-to-date.
That’s why I’m putting out this question about the best bicycle for a senior to this website’s readers.
Karen is a 70-year-old active senior living in Washington state. She’s looking for advice or recommendations from others about the best bicycle for her condition.
She writes: “I am short – barely 5 ft. and I have had a hip replacement and very little flexibility for getting on and off a bike. I am 70 and do not have a lot of arm strength so a heavy bike would be hard for me to load into my car or on a rack. I can’t ride with a group if I can’t keep up on a too small bike.. I am active – did a lot of hiking but thought cycling might be easier on my joints. Is there someone similar in your club and what kind of a bike do they have? “
“Bike shops have their recommendations but stick to the bikes they sell. Would rather hear from folks in the same situation about what has worked for them.”
My initial reaction would be to recommend a recumbent trike, because they are stable and a friend of mine says they scoot along pretty good. In fact, I usually get dropped by a recumbent trike or two on long, group bike rides.
But that same friend says it’s difficult to break down his trike and load it in a car.
Perhaps there are recumbent trikes, or other bikes, that are easier to load onto cars. Or, maybe there’s a recumbent/rack combination that would work.
Please leave a comment if you have any ideas. I’d hate for Karen to miss out on some bike rides this summer because she can’t find the right bicycle for her condition.