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05-21-10, 09:36 PM
Hi from SFV, California
I going to start riding bikes (8 years since last ride). But I don't know what brand I should go with. And knowing that good bikes these days go for 100 of dollars I don't want to buy a bike that I'll regret.
I am interested in a street bike (I believe they called them road or speed bikes) or a hardtail mountain bike. Will not really ride off-road that much, but I want something that can be abuse and last, and love the looks of mountain bike, the front suspension is a plus.
I hear that mountain or trail bikes are harder to ride on streets and not as fast as road bikes.
I'm willing to spend up to $1000.00
Will need advice and opinions.
05-22-10, 06:06 AM
Welcome Will to Bike Forums.
Get a road bike.
Try used from your local Craiglist.
Cheers and welcome to Bike Forums.
In my opinion, forget about the various marketing terms (road bike, cyclocross, hybrid, MTB) at first and concentrate on what you want to do with the bike. I get the impression you would mostly be riding on road. Front suspension (again in my opinion) is dead weight and just another maintenance point in that use, for example.
Regarding speed on road use, a lot depends on tyres. If you use relatively thin, slick tyres, and keep them pumped up close to max. suggested pressures, any bike will feel faster. Still, the main factor in speed is the engine - you.
Some other points to consider in addition to the surface you'll be riding on: will you be riding in all kinds of weather, year round? If yes, you should consider proper fenders (well, maybe less so in California:)). Do you need to haul groceries or other stuff? If yes, consider rear and maybe front racks + panniers, or even a trailer. Will you be riding at night? You'll need lights, reflectors etc.
When you have an idea what you need (or want), you can start looking at the various "families" of bikes to see how they suit you. There are big grey areas in between them, a bike sold as an MTB can be equipped with lighter tyres, racks, fenders etc. That will essentially make it a "hybrid bike". But if hybrid is what you want, it will practically always be cheaper to buy one ready-made, rather than build it up yourself.
One approach is to just buy a relatively cheap entry bike that fits what you currently think you'd use it for. Then ride it to bits and see what you like and dislike about it. You will in all likelihood be in the bike shop again pretty soon, but this time you will know fairly well what is important to you and what is not. That's something nobody else will be able to tell you.
05-23-10, 08:18 PM
Thank you for the feedback.
I decided to go with a road bike.
I found a 2008 Trek FX 7.5 for $720 or the LBS owner said he can sell me a 2010 FX 7.5 for $820, both new. At Helen's Cycles in Santa Monica they weren't offering me any deals. My thought is that they would, since I was buying one for me, my brother and a rack mount. After taxes it was all coming to $1800, but I'm guessing supporting LBS is a good thing.
I was also considering a 2010 Specialized Sirrus Sport, Trek Valencia, GT Tachyon 2.0 or Specialized Globe San Francisco 2.
I went to my LBS (sells both gt and trek), and I asked if i should with a Trek FX 7.5 and a GT Tachyon 2.0. The bike shop owner said to go with the FX 7.5 because of the Carbon fiber fork (because of the lightness) and the back derailleur. Is this a good advice to buy the trek?
I need advice as soon as possible because I will make the jump this week. Any advice on any of the models I mention.
I'd get the Trek rather than the GT. Post pictures when you get the bike.
05-25-10, 12:33 AM
Thank you all for the help.
So I decided to go with either the Trek 2010 FX 7.5 or the 2010 GT Tachyon 2.0.
I'm a bike newbie, so I need advice from the experts as to which bike I should go with, and why. The LBS is a Trek and GT dealer, the salesman told me to go with the Trek because it has a carbon fiber fork.
More info would be appreciated.
05-25-10, 04:00 PM
Hi, go for the Trek. It has better components. The GT has some very low-in-the-range Shimano parts and some no-name-brand parts. Oh, and those tektro brakes are not so great. Components are everything! When buying a bike, avoid things that will irritate you! Cheap parts will do just that! Go as high as you can in the Shimano range and you'll be happy. Your bike shop should be willing to change parts on the bike. XT parts, for example, are not so much more expensive than Deore parts, so you could upgrade before you buy, with minimal cost.
You should also seriously consider spending the extra money for hydraulic disc brakes. (Ask about Shimano Deore brakes.) I've had some problems with my disc brakes, but I would NEVER, NEVER go back to rim brakes. Rim brakes squeek and grate and make a black mess in the rain and rub and get mis-aligned and stop working in the wet and collect plant matter and need to be disconnected every time you take off your wheel and generally make you want to NOT RIDE. These are things that will irritate you!
Good luck to you.
05-25-10, 11:57 PM
Thank you all for the help.
Man, this is hard. I'm like a kid in a candy everytime I read, research and go to a bike shop. I've been considering a road bike, and as I keep looking for one I like it more and more over the straight handle bikes.
I'm looking at multiple ones, but here are two I like so far.
Trek Series 1 1.2 http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/road/1_series/12/
Jamis Ventura Comp http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebikes/road/ventura/10_venturacomp_bk.html
Looking at other brands besides Trek.
Give you your opinions.
I really appreciate all the help guys and gals.
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