Need help to decide b/w two 'comfort bikes'....

Need help to decide b/w two 'comfort bikes'....

Post by James Machu » Fri, 15 Jun 2001 05:20:44


I am in the market to buy a bike.  I have decided that I don't neet a
mountain or road bike... just something to ride around town or the beach
about 4 times per week.  I used to have a mountain bike (TREK) and it was
very uncomfortable for just cruising.

I have looked into two bikes, the TREK Navigator series and the Schwinn
Sierra series.  Both claim to be comfortable with upright seating positions.
Some of the higher end ones have seat and fork shocks.  I just wanted to
know if anyone had any advice to get one or the other.  Anyone have
experience with these bikes?  Any input would be appreciate.  Also, I am
getting a new bike and not in the market for a trade-in.

Thanks,
Ed

 
 
 

Need help to decide b/w two 'comfort bikes'....

Post by mar » Fri, 15 Jun 2001 05:48:13

I have a Schwinn Sierra 700 GS and have been very happy with it.  It's
the first real bike that I've owned and I've only had it for about a
month.  It's quite comfortable for me, although this probably has more
to do with the fit job done by my lbs that with the bike.  The
furthest distance I've ridden on it is 53 miles and I usually do about
80 miles a week.  I wasn't interested in the "higher-end" models with
the fork shock but I did go for the susp. seat post; however, I soon
found it too bouncy and have turned the tension***so tightly that
it's practially stiff anyway.  but, as always, ymmv.

-Mark



Quote:
>I am in the market to buy a bike.  I have decided that I don't neet a
>mountain or road bike... just something to ride around town or the beach
>about 4 times per week.  I used to have a mountain bike (TREK) and it was
>very uncomfortable for just cruising.

>I have looked into two bikes, the TREK Navigator series and the Schwinn
>Sierra series.  Both claim to be comfortable with upright seating positions.
>Some of the higher end ones have seat and fork shocks.  I just wanted to
>know if anyone had any advice to get one or the other.  Anyone have
>experience with these bikes?  Any input would be appreciate.  Also, I am
>getting a new bike and not in the market for a trade-in.

>Thanks,
>Ed


 
 
 

Need help to decide b/w two 'comfort bikes'....

Post by Ken Steinhof » Fri, 15 Jun 2001 06:25:28



Quote:
>I am in the market to buy a bike.  I have decided that I don't neet a
>mountain or road bike... just something to ride around town or the beach
>about 4 times per week.  I used to have a mountain bike (TREK) and it was
>very uncomfortable for just cruising.

>I have looked into two bikes, the TREK Navigator series and the Schwinn
>Sierra series.  Both claim to be comfortable with upright seating positions.
>Some of the higher end ones have seat and fork shocks.  I just wanted to
>know if anyone had any advice to get one or the other.  Anyone have
>experience with these bikes?  Any input would be appreciate.  Also, I am
>getting a new bike and not in the market for a trade-in.

>Thanks,
>Ed

I rode a Trek Navigator 300 about 5,200 miles in about two years. It
was a good, slow bike. The average lifetime mph was in the mid-12s. I
did several centuries on it, but they were L-O-N-G days at that speed.

My wife also bought a 300. Even though she wasn't much of a rider, she
could tell the difference between the 200 and the 300. I don't know
that I'd spend the money to step up to the higher level navigators.

I swapped out the factory Oasis seat for a Specialized Body Geometry
at about the 2,000 mile mark. There was a significant comfort
improvement, but I think if was more due to being a little firmer than
it was due to the cutout.

Accessories I added were a Niterider Pro-12E headlight and taillight,
a rack, Newk bar ends, the new saddle, SPD clipless pedals and
narrower, higher pressure tires.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Navigator series to someone who
wants to get back into biking. Once you've explored everything it can
do, then you might move to a road bike, like I did, or you may decide
to go off-road. The 300 is going for about $300 in S. Fla.

Ken Steinhoff


 
 
 

Need help to decide b/w two 'comfort bikes'....

Post by James Machu » Fri, 15 Jun 2001 07:19:18

Thanks for the info guys!
That helps a lot.
Any word on which is the better bike?: The schwinn sierra series or the trek
navigator.
Are these light bikes?  The info on their web page omits that part.

Thanks again,
Edwin


Quote:
> I am in the market to buy a bike.  I have decided that I don't neet a
> mountain or road bike... just something to ride around town or the beach
> about 4 times per week.  I used to have a mountain bike (TREK) and it was
> very uncomfortable for just cruising.

> I have looked into two bikes, the TREK Navigator series and the Schwinn
> Sierra series.  Both claim to be comfortable with upright seating
positions.
> Some of the higher end ones have seat and fork shocks.  I just wanted to
> know if anyone had any advice to get one or the other.  Anyone have
> experience with these bikes?  Any input would be appreciate.  Also, I am
> getting a new bike and not in the market for a trade-in.

> Thanks,
> Ed

 
 
 

Need help to decide b/w two 'comfort bikes'....

Post by Kevi » Fri, 15 Jun 2001 09:45:53

The sierra FS weighs in at 29lbs.

Quote:
> Thanks for the info guys!
> That helps a lot.
> Any word on which is the better bike?: The schwinn sierra series or the
trek
> navigator.
> Are these light bikes?  The info on their web page omits that part.

> Thanks again,
> Edwin



> > I am in the market to buy a bike.  I have decided that I don't neet a
> > mountain or road bike... just something to ride around town or the beach
> > about 4 times per week.  I used to have a mountain bike (TREK) and it
was
> > very uncomfortable for just cruising.

> > I have looked into two bikes, the TREK Navigator series and the Schwinn
> > Sierra series.  Both claim to be comfortable with upright seating
> positions.
> > Some of the higher end ones have seat and fork shocks.  I just wanted to
> > know if anyone had any advice to get one or the other.  Anyone have
> > experience with these bikes?  Any input would be appreciate.  Also, I am
> > getting a new bike and not in the market for a trade-in.

> > Thanks,
> > Ed

 
 
 

Need help to decide b/w two 'comfort bikes'....

Post by mar » Sat, 16 Jun 2001 01:45:58

My 2001 Sierra 700 GS weighs 30.0 lbs on the UPS scales at work.
That's without my frame pump or seat bag attached, but it is after I
replaced the factory seat with a Specialized Body Geometry, although
I'm sure the small weight difference between the two seats wouldn't
show up on these scales anyway, as they're only accurate to 0.2 lbs
resolution.

-Mark



Quote:
>Thanks for the info guys!
>That helps a lot.
>Any word on which is the better bike?: The schwinn sierra series or the trek
>navigator.
>Are these light bikes?  The info on their web page omits that part.

>Thanks again,
>Edwin



>> I am in the market to buy a bike.  I have decided that I don't neet a
>> mountain or road bike... just something to ride around town or the beach
>> about 4 times per week.  I used to have a mountain bike (TREK) and it was
>> very uncomfortable for just cruising.

>> I have looked into two bikes, the TREK Navigator series and the Schwinn
>> Sierra series.  Both claim to be comfortable with upright seating
>positions.
>> Some of the higher end ones have seat and fork shocks.  I just wanted to
>> know if anyone had any advice to get one or the other.  Anyone have
>> experience with these bikes?  Any input would be appreciate.  Also, I am
>> getting a new bike and not in the market for a trade-in.

>> Thanks,
>> Ed