Need advice: Simple & robust bike for a 35-year-old beginner

I plan to get rid of my motorcycle, replace it with a scooter that can be used by all family members and have a bike for myself.

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Hello Team-BHP,

I’m about 35 and planning on getting a new bike. If it works, I plan to get rid of my motorbike, replace it with a scooter that everyone can use and have a bike for myself. However, I have no idea about the bikes. The only ones I know are from my childhood (Heroes/Hercules).

My main concerns are:

It should be a simple, sturdy machine. Preference is for gearless mountain bikes/ATBs, although I’m not sure how practical that would be

Must have decent suspension to tackle rough roads.

I looked at a few Trek bikes and the cost shocked me slightly. I have visited other sites and am more confused than before.

Are there good beginner bikes that meet the criteria?

Here is what BHPian Aditya had to say about it:

Hi,

Welcome to the world of cycling. It’s a brilliant sport and one can easily get hooked on it.

You really don’t need suspension on city roads. All that cheap suspension is useless anyway and just adds weight to the bike, making you less efficient. A mountain bike with acceptable Rockshox / SR Suntour suspension (XCM and above) will not come cheap.

Anyone who comes to cycle after being disconnected from it for a long time is bound to get a shock when looking at the prices. Bikes from reputable international brands cost a bomb. But the difference between these bikes and cheap bikes like Hero/Hercules is obvious after just one ride.

If you are really looking to shell out the money for a Trek/Scott/Fuji etc. look at the range of Decathlon bikes. The RC100 flat bar is an excellent choice. It is quite light and has a simple frame and transmission. It has 32mm tires, that’s exactly what you need. Read BHPian’s review brt_mhn.

Another bike you can consider is the Firefox Rapide.

If you’re open to buying a used bike, check out the marketplace section of sites like Cyclop. You will find good deals there.

Whichever bike you choose, make sure you have the right size and a suitable bike.

I would not recommend gearless bikes.

Here is what BHPian comfortably numb had to say about it:

Decathlon’s Riverside 120 might be a good choice as a beginner’s bike for you.

A friend bought one last year when he was in a similar situation, and was very happy with his purchase.

Here is what Condor BHPian had to say about it:

See if you can borrow a bike or two from friends and ride them for a few days each. There are different models, and you may like one model over another. Trials at decathlon etc are not practical because you will have neither the space nor the freedom to check your comfort on each model. Once you have decided on the type, look for options related to it.

I’ve seen people, myself included, who took a bike and didn’t use it much. Recently my BiL talked about a cycle for his son. I asked him to choose mine for at least trial use. My nephew used it for 1-2 days, that too just a bit, and he’s been sitting there. It is a BTwin 7×3.

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