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Old 10-04-07, 12:42 PM   #1
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New bike for a new commuter in a non commuting environment

Hi!
This is my first post here!

I'm looking for a new bike, as I'm thinking of starting to commute to work and my old bike is awfully heavy. I live in a very hilly city in a country where there is no law for cyclists and the only bike trails are on city parks or beaches. Actually, there's only one law, which is to use lights when at night... besides it, a car has always priority (except in roundabouts but no one cares about a cyclist anyway).
My experiments have been somewhere between 20 min to work and about 35min to get home. I go down to one side and up to another, so I go much slowly. So I'm looking for a bike that's easy to ride and light to carry, as my girlfriend lives on a 6th floor and the elevator is very small.
Plus, if I really like this commuting thing I might start doing some touring too on vacations, so I need a bike that allows it.

So, after a long look for bikes, I managed to reduce the choices a little. I'm looking for something bellow €600, but every bike is more expensive here than the prices I've seen around in Europe.

So, I'm thinking of Trek 7.3 FX in white as my first choice which costs €600 here...
http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes..._path/fx/73fx/
7.2 FX is around €500 here and it's another choice, I don't know my exact money yet and I still need a rack, fenders and lights. And a helmet.
Next comes Trek SU 1.0 €600
http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...rt_urban/su10/

I liked the Marin Larkspur, which goes around €450 but I don't like the 2008 model. The new frame is awful... Anyway, it's hard to find it here.
http://www.marinbikes.com/bicycles_2..._larkspur.html

The Scott SUB 30 (€475) and the Sportster P5 (€400) and P4 (€500) are also interesting choices. (You can get Scott's anywhere, just like Specialized)
http://scottusa.com/gb_en/product/196/675/sub_30
http://scottusa.com/gb_en/product/195/696/sportster_p5
http://scottusa.com/gb_en/product/195/691/sportster_p4

The Focus Marakas is a great choice for €450 (my guess)
http://www.focusbikesuk.com/focus-hy...ke_marakas.php

I also liked a Fuji but can't seem to find them here, just like the Iron Horse's Transit series.


I'm looking for something around €450 but I can go up to €600 if it's worth it. I need something fast and easy for hilly streets adn with 700c. What do you recomend between all these models? What have you tried from these ones or what do you use? And are these hybrid things confy for a long road use after 200km with luggage?

Thank you all for your answers!
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Old 10-04-07, 01:20 PM   #2
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Hi!
This is my first post here!...So I'm looking for a bike that's easy to ride and light to carry, as my girlfriend lives on a 6th floor and the elevator is very small...
First off, welcome to BF. You may want to investigate a folding bike w/20" tires. Usually they come with a single chainring in the front and a wide range gear cluster in the rear. Rack, fenders, lights are standard on many of them. Friday bikes and Dahon are two brands I can think of...others will post, I'm sure. Dahon has a link to it's website here on BF. Good luck!
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Old 10-04-07, 01:26 PM   #3
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Hybrid bikes can be fine for touring with. The main thing is that you are comfortable on long distances.

I have a Rocky Mountain RC-50 I use for commuting, and I am very comfortable on it at 20 mile distances (I'm sure it would be fine for even long distances, it's just I haven't been over 20 miles with it yet).

One thing that I would be concerned about is the quality of the hybrid, as touring with a lower-quality bike would not be recommended by anyone, and the last thing you want is one repair after another in the middle of nowhere.
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Old 10-04-07, 02:40 PM   #4
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I'm not familiar with all of them, but I think most people who have the 7.3 seem to like it. The Deore components look fine, and the 7.3 has somewhat lower gearing than your typical road bike which you might like if those hills you mention are especially steep. I'd guess that bike is definitely a level of quality above the others, but I understand being price conscious.

The others all seem about the same price range with somewhat comparable components so it's hard to judge.

Don't know what the used bicycle market is like in your area, but that can be a great option for some people (like me!).

Good luck, hope you like commuting.
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I'm not familiar with all of them, but I think most people who have the 7.3 seem to like it. The Deore components look fine, and the 7.3 has somewhat lower gearing than your typical road bike which you might like if those hills you mention are especially steep. I'd guess that bike is definitely a level of quality above the others, but I understand being price conscious.

The others all seem about the same price range with somewhat comparable components so it's hard to judge.

Don't know what the used bicycle market is like in your area, but that can be a great option for some people (like me!).

Good luck, hope you like commuting.
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Thank you all for the answers.

I thought of a folding bike, but I wanted a 700c. I have already looked for the 26'' dahon, but I don't know about it's quality compared to a normal bike in the same price tag... Anyway, I don't have much problem climbing the stairs with the bike...

The second hand market for bikes here is non existing, except for maybe a few old rusty steel bikes. For that I'd have the one I have now, which weights at around 40lb!

I think I'm going for the 7.3 FX. It seems a favorite... I'll just have to see where is the least expensive around here. I guess that 600 is a little too much for this bike.
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