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    Looking for a Hybrid under $500

    Hello All,

    It's my first post here and I'm hoping to get some advice.

    I currently ride a mountain bike, but 95% of my riding is on roads. So, I wanted to get a bike more suitable to riding on pavement.

    I just get the feeling that I would look super weird on a skinny tired road bike (I'm a powerlifting ex-rugby player).

    So, I figured I could compromise with a hybrid. I definitely want skinnier road tires and probably a lighter frame/bike for better road performance. .

    This bike will be used mainly for exercise and fitness.

    So, any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Jay

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    New rims with skinnier tires? Otherwise, you can find some great dcloseout deals on hybrids right now.
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    You can change the tires to slicks to help with the mountain bike. I have Specialized Fat Boys on my hardtail and Panaracer Ribmo's on my touring bike (26" wheels).

    Without knowing your weight my suggestion would be to just get a road bike and have the wheels changed over to something more sturdy if you find yourself breaking spokes. Don't worry about looking weird, i'm 5'9 & 250 and built like a linebacker (and I can be considered small compared to others in the herd).

    As far as bikes go ride everything you can. When you find one that feels right and is within your budget go for it. Or once you have a list of 3 or more bikes you can ask us for our opinions or experiences.
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    Take a look online for the best values, no tax and free shipping

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    I completely understand why you're interested in a hybrid and I was the same when I started riding again. However, and others here will say the same, I rode the heck out of my hybrid Specialized for 3 weeks before taking a test ride or 10 on a road bike. I immediately regretted my hybrid purchase, sold it, bought a road bike, and haven't looked back. I was ~310 when I started on the road bike. I currently ride farther, longer, faster, etc.

    I'd really recommend you try out a lot of bikes and see if a road bike speaks to you. I think you'll be glad you did down the road. Hard to go wrong on a $200-500 used roadie from Craigslist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by exile View Post
    You can change the tires to slicks to help with the mountain bike. I have Specialized Fat Boys on my hardtail and Panaracer Ribmo's on my touring bike (26" wheels).

    Without knowing your weight my suggestion would be to just get a road bike and have the wheels changed over to something more sturdy if you find yourself breaking spokes. Don't worry about looking weird, i'm 5'9 & 250 and built like a linebacker (and I can be considered small compared to others in the herd).

    As far as bikes go ride everything you can. When you find one that feels right and is within your budget go for it. Or once you have a list of 3 or more bikes you can ask us for our opinions or experiences.
    I'm basically the same as you. I'm 5'9" and 245.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhj32883 View Post
    I'm basically the same as you. I'm 5'9" and 245.
    I really don't think you would have a problem on a road bike, but again ride anything and everything you can. Look at craigslist, co-ops, and LBS that sell used since you never know what you will find.

    Since this is potentially your first road bike I would be wary about shopping online (no offense FlatSix 911). Try to ride bikes in multiple sizes so you have an idea of what feels right. Depending on the bike and manufacturer you may be between a 52 cm to 57 cm size.
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    You're not that big Lots of us 300 lb plus guys are on drop bar roadies. This time of year you should be able to get a 5 year old or so road bike in your budget.

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    So, is the general consensus that I shouldn't worry about looking ridiculous on a road bike and just buy one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhj32883 View Post
    So, is the general consensus that I shouldn't worry about looking ridiculous on a road bike and just buy one?
    Yes! Just be sure and get fitted properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhj32883 View Post
    So, is the general consensus that I shouldn't worry about looking ridiculous on a road bike and just buy one?
    Absolutely. Get on a decent diet and the weight will fall off. Image is just image. It's how YOU feel about YOU that matters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by copswithguns View Post
    Absolutely. Get on a decent diet and the weight will fall off. Image is just image. It's how YOU feel about YOU that matters.
    Amen!!!

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    Road bikes generally cost more than hybrids. If you can increase your budget to say like $1200, you can get a really nice brand new road bike with a warranty. Otherwise, look for a used Cromo steel road bike from the 80's or 90's and prepare to do upgrades.

    OTOH, a brand new performance hybrid can quite often mimic the average speed of a road bike on windless days.

    If I were you, I'd try placing skinny slicks on the mtb, before making a new purchase.

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    +1 If I were you, I'd try placing skinny slicks on the mtb, before making a new purchase

    I dropped 7 minutes off of my 14 mile loop doing this very thing. And it also buys you time while looking around for a new bike. Depending on where you live winter is just around the corner and riding (outside) time can go way down.

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    I picked up a Giant Escape 3 last year. It's a 2013 ($420 new), and I have been riding the daylights out of it ever since (2500 miles since a year ago August). When I was looking, the equivalent Cannondales, Treks etc. were about $150-$200 more. I have been more than happy with it. I replaced the stock 32cm tires with 28s, and while the ride is not as cushy, it definitely upped my average speed.

    That said, I have been test riding road bikes lately..... Probably getting a Giant Defy 1 in the next few months, but I'll keep my Escape for running errands, riding with the wife etc.

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    I too would suggest to stay away from a hybred bike. Especially true if you are an athlete and plan on working out on your bike. I'm 6'3" and go #250 and I almost never ride my very nice Mnt bike any more. All my road bike are drop bars. I also think it's not so bad to buy used bikes if you feel comfortable with that. It's pretty easy to tell if they work or not. Usually you can look and see if they have been well kept even before you get on one. They are easy to work and and parts are also pretty cheap. I realize some guys should never consider that. Just depends on your comfort level

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    I agree with everyone too. I originally was thinking about the hybrid/comfort type of bikes, but then I started asking people on this forum and reading information on the internet too.

    You are pretty much in the same boat as me. I have a Schwinn Alum Comp that my brother-in-law gave me, after he had it modified/built up with better components and then bought a Trek police bike. I have ridden the %&^# out of the Mtn bike and done crazy things on it too. Then a few years later, I finally realized that I can't continue to do what the younger guys do on Mtn bikes, as I might end up in a hospital ER! So, I mainly ride it on the roads and light gravel trails and rail trails.

    Do what I am going to do. Keep the Mtn bike and use it for it's intended purpose. Look into a nice drop bar road bike or a fitness bike with the flat bars. Such as this one here in town at a LBS: http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...400316__400316 This Fuji flat bar bike is on a special clearance sale for only $399

    The hybrid/comfort bikes either have front suspension (your Mtn bike already has it - and is way better) and they also might have a suspension seat post too. They do look extremely comfortable, but yet their tires are almost like Mtn bike tires and won't run as fast as a true road bike.

    If you seriously want a drop bar road bike, the cheapest I have found under $500 bucks in the Fuji Sportif 1.7 at the local LBS. It is on sale for $434 and change. http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...400784__400784

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhj32883 View Post
    So, is the general consensus that I shouldn't worry about looking ridiculous on a road bike and just buy one?
    Exactly so.

    Consider a cross bike if you want something that can stand up to a little more abuse - they generally are very similar to road bikes and look like road bikes but allow for wider rims and tires so you can ride light trails if you like. It's not a huge market though, so they tend to be a little more expensive.

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