Was looking at a small scooter (50cc) or so to go from volunteer spot back over to the campground ... (forgot we are volunteering at several spots this year) ...
However got to thinking this morning that maybe a BMX or mountain bike may be better for this 5' 1/2 in woman ... haven't ridden a bike in years, however think it would be safer than an electric or gas powered scooter ..
Any sharing out there would be helpful - and the road is an interior road and due to a neurological problem I cannot drive an automobile - therefore the choices are limited ..
So again any sharing out there of anyone using bikes as an alternative transportation ...
I would look at a mountain bike (hybrid) due to its larger wheels and tires to help it roll over rocks and gravel as well as a geometry that is designed for sit down riding. A BMX bike will have a low seat height as well as a short top tube making it uncomfortable for sit down riding plus the 20" wheels will give a rough ride. With your stature you may want to look at a womans specific geometry bike such as the Specialized Ariel. Woman specific bikes are designed around a womans body structure ..... especially more petite body builds.
Places like Dicks sporting goods has a wide range of sizes and prices to fit your needs. Instead of a strictly mountain bike look at a hybrid. Tires are not as aggressive and the seats can be bigger and more comfortable for us seniors. BTW where are you volunteering?
we are going to be at two different OSP this summer
We are at the Lewis & Clark National Historic Park (Ft. Clatsop) and will be leaving the end of this month - heading to McMinnville for a coupla weeks before heading to SE Washington ..
Between Ice Harbor Dam and Charbonneau Campground is the specific site we are looking at for me to use a bike or ? for transportation ... also will be going to Stub Stewart State Park again next spring ...
Full-Time RV'rs - Grandma, Grandpa, & Petunia, 8 yr old Chi
2008 Suburban / 30 ft. Alpenlite Travel Trailer
VOLUNTEERS - NPS, Oregon State Parks, USACE, Christian Retreat Centers, Local events, etc.
I would go with the mountain bike. There is much less maintenance and you don't have to worry about keeping a gas can around, and the excercise benefit that you get is an added bonus.
We have high end ones, but I would start with an El Cheapo from Walmart. You can't go wrong for the price
I'll go a step farther. Look at Crusier bikes, You know, the kind we had when we were little, or at least when I was little. The are super comfortable, with large padded, seats with springs on them. You can get them with, or without gears, DW wanted hers without, as she doesn't like the hand brakes. Her's has a coaster brake.
Best theing besides the huge seat. You can actually sit up on them, and not have to ride bent over, or laying down.
I have a 7 speed, Schwin, Riverside. I love it, DW has a Huffy. She loves her's. for easy riding. You can't beat them.
I am in the market, as well. But I prefer finding entry level at a bike shop, which I have done before. Better advice in terms of fit and maintenance. As well, if you get it somewhere that has regional/nationwide presence (ie, Performance Bicycle, Sports Authority, etc), you can take it to them for maintenance/warranty work.