General Cycling Discussion - a novice looking to get a new bike
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I picked up biking as a hobby a few months ago and ride around 12 to 15 miles every day. I have been riding a Raleigh mountain bike that I got when I was 9, and I am looking to replace it with something that is more appropriate for what I use it for now that I am 20. I am 5' 8" with a 31" inseam and I'm using a bike with a 16" frame, which I have been informed is too small.
Since I am riding on roads, and do little to no off-road cycling, should I purchase a bike that is not a mountain bike? How do I know what size bike to buy? I am a college student and probably can't spend more than $300 on a new bike, does that severely limit my options?
Thanks for your help. : )
09-07-09, 10:23 PM
I would suggest a hybrid bike. If you really dont do offroading, a rigid fork is best. $300 is limiting, but right now there are deals out there since most shops are getting the 2009's out the door to bring in the 2010's. I just got a Specialized Sirrus hybrid for $480, $40 off. I saw lots of specialized Globe Vienna 1 bikes at the same shop, for $329. They look like a nice bike to ride around town and should be comfortable to do 12-15 miles on. If you cant afford new, look on craigslist for used bikes. Find one in good shape thats only a few years old, you can save quite a bit.
You sound about my size, and I feel comfortable on an 18" mountain bike or a 54cm road or hybrid. my inseam is 30", so you MIGHT get away with a 56cm, but will want to stick with 18" mountain bike. But, go get fit at a bike shop to really know what fits YOU.
Riding a bike that doesnt fit you is rather uncomfortable. Go to a good bike shop, and tell them what you want and your price range, They should be able to help!
09-08-09, 03:31 PM
Depending where you live (i.e. not Florida), you might find some "end of season" deals (bike shop, not Wal-mart!). You could get a better bike used for that amount, if you are patient, off Craigslist. In a road bike, you would probably fit a 21 or 22 inch, or 54-56 cm. Good luck.
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