so that it can go fast without the drop bars where you can sit upright in a
more comfortable position.
The correct sitting position on the saddle for maximum riding efficiency
and to avoid injury to your back is vital. Proper sitting position allows for
consistent peddling so the seat post must be at a height where your
foot cannot touch the ground. You lean slightly forward your back should
not be curved. When you view yourself sideway your backbone should
not be bending in a curve and the only way is to sit higher using the seat post.
I repeat, this is to avoid injury to your back.
Here is a link with a picture of a cyclist using a hybrid with straight
handler bar. Look at his back and examine his reach. Look at the height
of the seat post and the distance of his foot to the floor. The chopper is
definitely not the answer to solving your back problem.
Have a raised handler bar and stem for a more comfortable ride
The bike with the white tiny rear plastic basket is a low-end street bike
bought from the Suntec area. The owner has the straight bar changed to
a much higher angle raised handle bar. You can get it done to your new
Beginner who is heavy and has big belly will find having a higher
raised handle bar more suitable for him. However he has to learn how
to use the seat post at a higher position so that he will not get back
injury. He has to learn how to mount and dismount from his bicycle.
I have known many many cyclists who are ignorant of proper mounting and
dismounting their bikes so they adjust their saddle lower so that their feet
can touch the floor. When they stop their bikes, they just put one foot on
the floor while remain sitting on the saddle.
What made you decide on this bike instead of the F300R? So can you share with us
what is the wheel set configuration and did you upgrade any components?
Did you get yourself a safety helmet? This is very important and the authority may
attempt to make this become law for all amateur cyclists in par with riders of motorcycle for the sake of safety.
Last edited by forward; 8th June 2011 at 05:30 AM.
I'm glad that this group of cyclists all have their helmets on.
The first rule to safety cycling is to wear a helmet and for
complete beginners they have to have extra protection like
knee guard, elbow guard as well.
The type of tire that you use will have a greater influence on rolling resistance assuming that you are inflating the tire to the "correct" pressure. The correct pressure is dependent on factors such as riding style and rider weight.
24h rear means that the rear rim has 24 holes and it should have 24 spokes connecting the rim to the hub.
You might be able to use 700*26 or 700*23 tires, but you will need to check the width of your rim. In general, you might not want to fit tires that are more narrow than you rims.
PS, it not really possible to determine which bike model from the wheel set configuration. But in general, I think the bike should be a hybird.
When you aren't really used to riding on bicycles, you don't know
what constitutes a good fit, and you tend to believe the sales people
who tells you that you really look okay.
"A keen-eyed salesperson can make a decent assessment of your
position, but (1) not all salespeople have the skills to do that;
(2) most are loathe to admit ignorance even when they have it
in abundance; and (3) if a salesperson is accustomed to fitting
people poorly and thinking "yeah, that's good!" then you're likely
to get the same treatment. Sometimes he's been misfitting riders
most of his adult life."
Another area to look into is the crotch clearance, using a stem that
you can adjust its angle and changing the flat to the "Ergonomic" or
"butterfly" bars. These bars have three hand positions and give a more
upright riding position than drops bars. In fact "butterfly" bars are more
useful and increasing becoming more popular when you intend to turn
your bike into a touring bike one day.
I found this bike with the saddle missing but has a curved handler bar.
While riding on the PCN along the East Coast I saw a few hybrids fixed
with this type of handlebar. Most of the riders were elderly people
enjoyable their trip in their new and more comfortable position.
Last edited by forward; 9th June 2011 at 10:02 AM.
I still remember I bought this hybrid way back in the 1980s from a LBS
in the Waterloo Street area. Back then I had very little knowledge
about bicycles and told the shop owner that I need a bike to ride to
work and for leisure recreational purposes. He recommended this bike
and after having the front basket, rear rack as accessories I paid only
$120 for it.
After a few years of riding, I gave it to a foreign worker who helped
me to move house. This bike was the first hybrid that I rode.
Came across an old Aleoca Crossbreed with straight handlebar with bar end.
The top tube is not straight and look like it has a front suspension fork?
Can anyone identify the type of wheel set and the size of the tire?
I'll start the ball rolling by having a night ride for beginners as well as
anyone who is keen to meet up to know new friends.
Meeting Venue: outside Toa Payoh Library - at Toa Payoh Central
just opposite the Toa Payoh Central Community Club.
Date: Saturday 11th June, 2011
Destination: Decision to be made by riders on that evening.
Speed: Slow (less than 25km)
Types of Bike: MTB, hybrid or roadbike.
Level of riding skills: Beginner (but anyone will join in the ride)
Note: I'm encouraging beginners to ride with us.
Let me know if you are coming through your mobile or this thread.
Cheers to recreational cycling,
Last edited by forward; 9th June 2011 at 11:04 PM.
1) the shop I went to check out F300 at didn't seem interested to sell me a bike
2) the shop I went to check out Insight 2 are helpful and friendly
3) F300 is using road wheels, which I think is not very suitable for the sometimes bumpy pavements and PCN
Haven't got a helmet yet, any ideas where can I get one at a cheaper price?
Sorry, the title state Saturday.
The ride will be on this coming Saturday 11th June 2011.
Riders be sure you have the following:
2) Front and Back lights
3) Covered shoes (not slippers)
4) Suitable cycling clothes
5) Water Bottles
relation and salesmanship in our LBS. After forty years dealing with LBS,
I find that only those who know how to treat customers better will get
the business. Most of the shops do not have trained personnel to do sales
or know how to treat the customer well.
What type of tires and rims are you using for your new Insight 2.
As for the helmet, I feel "Prowell" is reasonably priced. You can get
it at Carrfur and some of the LBS for around $35 each. If you are around
TPayoh, go to Hin Leong Cycle.
3. Old Boy ( will sms you my mobile later )