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    The vintage looking red one! But only as long as you don't have lots of hills where you live- I find upright bikes are harder to ride up hills. They are also great for looking around whilst you ride.

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    Yes the tyres on the vintage don't provide much cushioning unfortunately.

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    I had new wide tyres fitted to my upright bike. They weren't cheap but they were worth it for comfort!

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    My recommendation: don't buy a bike from Kmart they are total rubbish or a really old vintage bike - they will both weigh a ton and you'll have a harder time riding. Buy a cheap second hand alloy road bike from bikeexchange.com.au where you can usually find something small (women's sizes are usually S or XS depending on your height for $100-200. The difference in weight and how it rides will be very very noticeable.

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    Oh and don't let any bike shops sell you a hybrid or mountain bike. There's no reason at all to lug front fork suspension around town, you'll never need it, and it's heavy.

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    Thanks for the thread OP!

    I'm looking to buy a bike too but the ones that are a bit lighter are all close to $500.. I was hoping to get one around $350 or so.

    Rebel has some if you search online, there's some vintage and sporty styles

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScubaGal View Post
    Oh and don't let any bike shops sell you a hybrid or mountain bike. There's no reason at all to lug front fork suspension around town, you'll never need it, and it's heavy.
    I love my hybrid! I borrowed someone else's and it totally sold me on them - just make sure it also has seat suspension! You can get them in retro or modern styling too. The best feature is the large diameter wheel like an old-school bike, but with a wider tyre for stability.

    Mountain Bikes are annoying for cruising around though as the smaller wheels mean you need to pedal more.


 

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