I'm getting close to ordering a Rambler or Rover. I'm formerly a long term cyclist, usually on mtn bikes w/100psi tires used for commuting 12-20 miles per day for over 15 years, with a high of 4k miles 20 years ago when I was 40.
I have been out of serious biking about 5 years, but had a stroke 6 months ago and it's time to get back on wheels! (Just sold my 2 motorcycles, no longer have a DL.)
I would like to bounce some things I've been toying with, to see how well they have worked (or not) with others. As a result of my stroke I have a very weak right leg, and a virtually useless right hand. I did ride a Rover in a bike shop, was glad to find I could get in and out by myself no trouble. But although I used to do all my bike and motorcycle work myself, that's no longer feasible for me. So I hope to have wherever I get the bike from to set it and options all up for me. And since the nearest LBS that has these is 20 miles away, I really hope to 'do it right' the first time around.
I'm leaning toward Rambler due to all I've read, but hope to try one at least in a shop before deciding for certain over the Rover.
What I'm considering:
1.Putting my clipless pedals on so my weak foot won't drop off.
2.Having shop install 2-brakes-at-once lever on left handlebar. Hope this has 'parking brake' feature.
3. Have shop move 8-speed handgrip to left side.
4. Order w/ 100psi tires instead of stock 40lb. (I HATE loosing long coasting when riding on squishy tires.)
5. Have shop install rear rack so I can use panniers, also 2 mirrors, flag, rear fender, and computer mount and computer.
6.Plan on 8-speed internal hub so adjusting or scraping derailers will not be an issue. Hope it has enough range for both hills and some speed.
Am wondering if 8-speed internal hub and 20" wheel will be right for me. I will start out on very flat bike paths, but as strength returns will like longer (~20 mi) rides with some short but rather steep hills. Used to ride my 2-wheeler between 12 + 15 mph, sometimes on long stretches slightly over 20mph. The larger rear wheel would give me more top end but make hills harder (?impossible?) Also wondering if shorter than 170mm cranks would be a good idea. I used to 'spin' at 90-110 crank rpms, and have read that spinning with stock length cranks is tough and what limits top speed for many.
Suggestions/input are welcome. Note I delibrately held off on lights cuz will be a long time b4 needed...will probably port blinking red and white leds off my 2-wheeler.
What should I forget about? What have I forgotten that are strong "should haves?"