So, I am in a peculiar situation - due to an injury, shaking in any direction leads to pain and my condition is improving very slowly. I'm looking to find/customize a bike so that it offers me the smoothest possible ride on the unfortunately poorly maintained roads in my city.
Today I have a Cirrus Cycles suspension seat post and low pressure on my tires (which I also exchanged for fatter ones) and that helps to an extent, but my current bike is a hybrid with no suspension.
I think that a full-suspension bike would greatly help, but wonder what I have to look for to make sure I can tune it to smooth out road irregularities as opposed to the harsh falls of mountain biking.
Do you have recommendations as to what kinds of bikes or kinds of shocks I should be looking for? Or anything else? Thanks!
edit from comments:
First the road conditions. The following types of irregularities exist:
- concrete slab roads where over time slabs have settled at varying heights. sometimes the change in elevation from slab to slab is as much as 2-3 inches, which is similar to falling off a small curb.
- potholes and cracks in the pavement with a depth of up to 4 inches as well. some are avoidable, some are not.
- gradual dips in asphalt road surface - sometimes parts of the road sink without an abrupt edge, like a soft pothole
- raised linear sections caused by tree roots under asphalt pavement