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I'm 61 years old with a stiff back from 35 years boilermaking and this bike suits me perfectly. The low crank allows good leg extension and the ability to put my feet flat but without the "chopperish" (and uncomfortable for me) posture of crank forward bikes. The bike is easy to mount and dismount and I need not throw a leg over. Note that the low crank must be accounted for taking tight turns where it can ground; when I coast through tight turns I have the pedal on the inside high. The bike is perfect for my use which is mainly riding the Lakefront trail. I load up with a saddlebag full of junk (tools, books, towel, cigars), a folding chair tied to the rack and set off for a swim down at 63rd St or off the rocks at 55th. Four or five times a week I do 10-20 mile rides on the bike. I take bike "strolls" if you know what I mean; being retired I often make the day of it. I find the bike to be very comfortable. The bike is not fast and low speed handling is a little wobbly. However the 7 speed trans gets me low enough to easily get over the ramp over the IC tracks at 18th St and that's my biggest climb; I'm a spinner not a stander. The components are of decent but not high quality but they've stood up all summer with only the derailer giving me some trouble but the last adjustment at the shop has it shifting reliably if not as precisely as a better unit might. But I can live with it. The bike is easy to use and gets much more use than my considerably more techy Specialized Crossroads Elite. In a sense the easier a bike is to use the better it is; know what I mean?