Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Pacific Northwest
Pre-newbie here with a question
I'm in the market for a bike, and I think I've found what I want in the 2012 "wee" adventurer.
I currently have a scooter: 2012 SYM HD200 EVO, which I adore and love with my whole heart. It's quite zippy and great fun around town and I can take it on the freeway for a couple of exits, but it won't take me on road trips and that's what I'm hoping to conquer next. Though it has larger wheels than most scoots, and does okay with potholes, there's no way I'd do a long trip or very fast traffic on this scoot.
I will keep my scooter and I want to add a bike. I am very super impressed with the wee, because from everything I've read, it can do everything that I want in a bike.
I am a new rider. I have my endorsement, but again, I got it on the scooter. So I'll need lots of practice with my bike before I go too crazy or too far.
Some of the things I really like about the "wee" are the ergonomics and the height. The ergos are as close to my scoot as I can probably realistically get, so the learning curve won't be too bad. (Plus it just looks comfortable for distances.) The height is very attractive to me. I've enjoyed being higher up on the scoot. It gives me better ability to scan in traffic. And I feel it helps me be more visible to others. Since I'm a newbie, both of these make me feel safer.
So I guess my question is this: Is this bike too ambitious for a beginning rider?
I should probably mention (if you can't guess from my name) that I'm female. I'm 5'8" and the wee is a little bit of a stretch for me height-wise, but not bad. The seat is only an inch higher than my scoot, and I would have it lowered a bit to be flat footed.
Oh, here's the other caveat. I will not test ride it. I'll have my boyfriend test it for me. Even though I have my endorsement, I have zero experience shifting, and of course the brake set-up is different. So I won't be test riding. Only sitting on it and getting a feel for balance and ergos.
Oh, and I'm entering this whole riding thing at the advanced age of 49. So I don't have 30 years ahead of me to keep trading bikes in and up. I want a bike I can grow into (though not too intimidating) and not grow out of.
Thanks for any help you may be able to give me.