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Hi, i am 59yrs old and the last time that i did some serious regular cycling was about 30 years ago. i would now like to accompany my 13 yr old nephew on a bike (or simply go around by myself) in and around the village that i live in, in Goa. I would like to gradually take this up to the next level by commuting to my shop and back (approx 20 kms round trip) and in doing so improve upon my health, my carbon footprint and yes, on my wallet as well :-)
i guess what i need would be a Hybrid with just enough gears ( + - 6 speed ? ) to be able to negotiate perhaps max gradients of + - 20 degrees every once in a while. i have done some research through blogs on this site as well as others and have shortlisted some brands and types: Rockryder 5.1, Triban Trail 3.0, Raleigh Elevation 2 and Hercules Ryders ACT 110. I am sure Firefox too would have a suitable bikes but i do not know for sure.
Keeping in mind that i live in Goa, for warranty and after sales service issues (Firefox has a outlet here) i am wondering if i should play it safe and think Indian, be Indian, buy Indian and go for a Hercules or any other good Indian brand - if available.
I would sincerely appreciate and look forward to feedback from so many of the experienced and active bikers on this site. But kindly do provide details of the make/model.
Cheers!
Tushar

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Comment by Tushar Shah on May 14, 2010 at 4:29pm
Thanks Pushpender... i see your point regarding the shox and since we do have a firefox outlet in goa, issues regarding warranty and back up service will also be sorted out.
Once again, much appreciate your feedback.
Cheers
Tushar
Comment by Pushpender Chaudhary on May 14, 2010 at 12:44pm
You are absolutely right to chose a hybird bike, Act 110 is a good bike but it doesn't have front shox absorber, has a rigid fork by which you can face some problem in your shoulder & back pain while you ride in bad road condition.
Its better to have hybird which has a front shox.
I honestly advise you for firefox Road runner , It has 28 wheel size & six speed, alloy frame & adjustable handlebar.
http://www.firefoxbikes.com/road-runner.html

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