>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.
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.