Richard Benz is recovering from heart surgery and wants a web-site that could help him choose the correct bike for him. Well we think he has come to the right place, yes here at Bike Cycling Reviews
Question: I’m recovering from heart surgery, over 50, and new to cycling. Can you recommend a site that will help me to understand what to look for and buy the right bike for me?
Sorry to hear about your heart surgery. Exercise will help you on the road to recovery as I’m sure your doctor has advised you. I hope you have taken his advice before you start any new exercise regime and how this might affect your heart and your medication.
Talk to your doctor first!
So you have talked to your medical adviser and all is good to proceed with buying a bike. In my opinion, you would probably be best to get a Hybrid or Mountain bike with front suspension for comfort. If you are thinking of riding on some rough road then you could consider a full-suspension bike. Keep in mind that this makes the bike heavier and harder to ride, especially on the hills.
The advantage of a Mountain bike or Hybrid is your position. It’s more comfortable and more upright than on a road race bike position. Also, the gear change is right at your hands; the tires are also larger and will take any bumps and lumps out of your ride.
When choosing your bike get the lightest you can afford and the more gears you can get the better. The more gears you have the easier it can make it for you, as you will have a gear for every occasion. Small enough for the toughest of hills and big enough for any downhill’s.
I would also suggest that you buy a pulse monitor as then you can keep track of your training development and distance covered, making it easier to report back to your doctor with what you have been doing.
So, to sum-up look for something comfortable and light with as many gears as you can get, front or full suspension, spend as much as you can afford as the better the bike, the lighter and easier to ride and the more reliable it will be and hopefully more enjoyable to ride.
Remember to take it easy at first, build up slowly and listen to your medical adviser.