Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 23 of 23
  1. #1
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    2
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Going from Mountain to Hybrid/Comfort Bike

    Many years ago I used to ride a conventional touring bike. However, I "blew out" my back 2 - 3 times riding and gave it up. Last year I got an entry level mountain bike (Raliegh SC30) and love it from the perspective that I'm now riding upright and putting less stress on my back. But, I only ride on streets and the thing performs like a tank (I'm tired of watching people on touring bikes cruise by me like I'm standing still).

    So now I'm looking at hybrid/comfort bikes. I am specifically looking at Fuji Royale (pricy) and the Fuji Silhouette. I am also looking at the Specialized Sirrus Elite. It seems like all the bikes pretty much have the same quality components and range in the 20 - 22 lb range give or take. All are aluminum framed and some have carbon-fiber forks. Aside from the obvious issue of riding the bike to see how it feels for me, what should I be looking for? I have also read about Giant and Trek. It seems there are a ton of bikes in this space. Any experiences in sorting this out would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. #2
    No pain, no gain. PainTrain's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    California's Gold That's Amazing!
    My Bikes
    Trek 7100, Windsor Fens
    Posts
    513
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm on a Trek 7100 and I love the thing. I'm satisfied with my speed; I often catch up to and draft on roadies... until they notice me and sprint away in disgust

  3. #3
    Now with racer-boy font! Moonshot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    East Alabama
    My Bikes
    2004 Litespeed Tuscany, Trek 5500, Breezer Storm, Bianchi road bike (fixed)
    Posts
    1,272
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'd try to work on the back problem with strength training then get a real road bike.

  4. #4
    Retired and 50+
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Fresno, Ca.
    Posts
    13
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I put 2000 miles on my Trek 7500 fx last year and have no complaints at all. But I got the need for speed and bought a road bike this year. The 7500fx was a great ride but I did change the 700x35 tires to 700x28's which made it a little quicker. Jim

  5. #5
    Tom (ex)Builder twahl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Manassas, VA
    My Bikes
    Specialized Allez
    Posts
    2,814
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    All good bikes. I'm sorta partial to Specialized, mostly because my local shop is good and I haven't had any problems, but for what it's worth we just got a Sirrus for my son and it seems to be suiting him well. Ride and choose.

    However there is another thing you might want to consider. Try some narrower tires that will fit your rims, as smooth as you can find. That will make your pedalling effort easier for a given speed. Possibly change the cassette to some taller gears. A lot of what hurts performance would be those suspension forks, so if there's a way to adjust them and make them stiffer or lock them you might like the bike a lot better. You might find that you can make some inexpensive adjustments and get what you want out of it.

    However...The Sirrus and probably the others you are looking at are probably a lot lighter and stiffer, and should have slightly taller gearing, as well as narrower tires. The Sirrus 28 mm tires are half as wide as the 1.95" on the SC30 (which isn't really a mountain bike, it's a comfort bike) so it will perform a lot better. One other note, if a road bike is properly fitted to you and set up right, it should be comfortable and should not hurt your back. Some light core strength training might help, but I have minor lower back pain often, and doing 50 miles on my road bike doesn't bother it a bit.
    Tom

    "It hurts so good..."

  6. #6
    Senior Member Tree Trunk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Location
    Warrenville, Illinois
    Posts
    713
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I don't have anything constructive to offer..as usual. At the moment, I have gone from commuting on my hybrid to commuting on my MB. Uggghhhh!!! The MB is OK but feels like a tank after riding the hybrid and road bike for so long. I want my hybrid back! As soon as the replacement chain ring comes in, I'm back on the hybrid.

    My hybrid is a Univega. In its day it was one of the better hybrids. However, you can't get a Univega anymore.
    There have to be bicycles in heaven!

  7. #7
    Luggite bsyptak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    1,906
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Take the Giant Cypress SX out for a spin. I liked it better than the similar priced Specialized (Can't remember which one, but the SX had better specs for the $). It's $600. I didn't think it was necessary to go up to the $800+ level of bikes. The SRAM grip shifters are way better on the SX than the mid-level Shimano shifters on pretty much all of the other bikes in this category. I can't understand why the SRAMs weren't spec'd across the board.

  8. #8
    Rides again HiYoSilver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    W. Sacramento Region, aka, Nut Tree
    My Bikes
    Giant OCR T, Trek SC
    Posts
    3,259
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Take the Giant Revive out for a spin. It works for many who can't ride regular bikes.

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    6,458
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Tree Trunk
    I don't have anything constructive to offer..as usual. At the moment, I have gone from commuting on my hybrid to commuting on my MB. Uggghhhh!!! The MB is OK but feels like a tank after riding the hybrid and road bike for so long. I want my hybrid back! As soon as the replacement chain ring comes in, I'm back on the hybrid.

    My hybrid is a Univega. In its day it was one of the better hybrids. However, you can't get a Univega anymore.
    I have a Univega hybrid and it rocks. Since the frame is chromoly, I don't need suspension. It's faster and more comfortable than my Bianchi Milano with 26' inch wheels and a hard Alu frame.

    If I was looking for a street bike, I would choose steel all the way. A flat bar hybrid limits your hand positions which is why you need a steel frame. I would look at the Bianchi Strada or Jamis Coda.

    Steve

  10. #10
    Senior Member madhouse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Podunc, Minnesota
    My Bikes
    07 Sun EZ-Rider, 04 Fuji Royale, 97 Giant ATX890, 89 Burley Duet, 86 Trek 560
    Posts
    415
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I’ve been commuting with a ’04 Fuji Royale since the beginning of August.

    I chose it for the more comfortable, upright riding position. I ended up putting aero bars on it so I could cut the wind. Personally, I love everything about the bike but the flat bars. I need to drop to the aero bars at least every 8 miles to keep my hands from going numb. That and I only road on the spec’d saddle for 30 miles before I threw it away!

    I don’t know where you live, but FWIW the 38c Nokian studded tires just fit.

    If I wasn’t a friend of the Fuji dealer I would have purchased a Lemond “Big Sky” series. They have drop bars with an adjustable stem that can give you plenty of rise, cross brake levers on the bar tops with integrated shift/brake levers. Plenty of hand positions and built for comfort, including a suspension seat post.

  11. #11
    'Bent Brian
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Wellington Ohio
    My Bikes
    Trek 1000, Rans Tailwind
    Posts
    560
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You might want to check with your doc and see if the recumbent riding position will offer any gains. 'bents offer a nice comfortable ride. A good 'bent pilot can hold their own with roadies under most cases.just a suggestion for a possible option.

    'bent Brian

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    phlia
    My Bikes
    paratrooper, bullhead, cdale bad boy
    Posts
    819
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've gone just the other way. I had been riding a Trek 7300, Gunnar Cross hairs and a Raleigh R700 last year, but since the spring I have been using a Jamis MTB that I picked up with road slicks. It was just more comfortable than the other bikes (I have a bad back to) I just find it more comfortable . As far as speed goes, I have no problem mataining a good clip with the roadies, but I'm in it more for the excersis than the speed.

  13. #13
    Member Lone_rider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Windsor Ontario Canada
    My Bikes
    Norco and Devinci both are canadian made
    Posts
    43
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have been commuting with a Devinci hybrid that baby is one sweet ride. Its fast and very light (compaired to my mountain bike) I bought it about 2 years ago and only park it when the snow starts to fly.

  14. #14
    Humvee of bikes =Worksman Nightshade's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    5,351
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Crowbar
    Many years ago I used to ride a conventional touring bike. However, I "blew out" my back 2 - 3 times riding and gave it up. Last year I got an entry level mountain bike (Raliegh SC30) and love it from the perspective that I'm now riding upright and putting less stress on my back. But, I only ride on streets and the thing performs like a tank (I'm tired of watching people on touring bikes cruise by me like I'm standing still).

    Thanks in advance.
    Mate, before you dump a bunch of money into another bike
    consider a simple change of tires first. Install a set of
    street slicks on your bike and pump them hard to lessen
    the rolling resitance that is slowing you down. Low rolling resitance
    is the edge that road bikes have on other bikes. VERY low
    rolling resitance.

  15. #15
    I drink your MILKSHAKE Raiyn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    St. Petersburg, FL
    My Bikes
    2003 Specialized Rockhopper FSR Comp, 1999 Specialized Hardrock Comp FS, 1971 Schwinn Varsity
    Posts
    15,068
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Tightwad
    Mate, before you dump a bunch of money into another bike
    consider a simple change of tires first. Install a set of
    street slicks on your bike and pump them hard to lessen
    the rolling resitance that is slowing you down. Low rolling resitance
    is the edge that road bikes have on other bikes. VERY low
    rolling resitance.
    That's what I did along with installing a set of riser bars and a slightly higher rise stem.

  16. #16
    Senior Member GeezerGeek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Minnesota
    My Bikes
    1993 Infinity LWB, Bacchetta
    Posts
    221
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Have you considered a recumbent yet? Mine has a nice backrest with lumbar support. It doesn't bother my back at all even though short rides on mountain bikes are painful. It is like a lawn chair with wheels. You're not going to find a more comfortable ride than that.

  17. #17
    Campy or bust :p cryogenic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Knoxville, TN
    My Bikes
    Surly Karate Monkey commuter build
    Posts
    3,139
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've always thought 'bents were a neat idea, but it seems that it'd be difficult to get used to riding one.

  18. #18
    I drink your MILKSHAKE Raiyn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    St. Petersburg, FL
    My Bikes
    2003 Specialized Rockhopper FSR Comp, 1999 Specialized Hardrock Comp FS, 1971 Schwinn Varsity
    Posts
    15,068
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by cryogenic
    I've always thought 'bents were a neat idea, but it seems that it'd be difficult to get used to riding one.
    There IS a learning curve especially for the under seat steering models

  19. #19
    Campy or bust :p cryogenic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Knoxville, TN
    My Bikes
    Surly Karate Monkey commuter build
    Posts
    3,139
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yeah... I'd imagine so... steering by leaning and clenching your buttcheeks. I'm not sure how well I'd get along doing that. However, I've heard they're wicked comfortable. I've only seen ONE in my entire city as long as I can remember.

  20. #20
    Senior Member madhouse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Podunc, Minnesota
    My Bikes
    07 Sun EZ-Rider, 04 Fuji Royale, 97 Giant ATX890, 89 Burley Duet, 86 Trek 560
    Posts
    415
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I posted this reply on my 2004 Royal in this thread: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...205#post684205

    Quote Originally Posted by madhouse
    I’ve been commuting with a ’04 Fuji Royale since the beginning of August.

    I chose it for the more comfortable, upright riding position. I ended up putting aero bars on it so I could cut the wind. Personally, I love everything about the bike but the flat bars. I need to drop to the aero bars at least every 8 miles to keep my hands from going numb. That and I only road on the spec’d saddle for 30 miles before I threw it away!

    I don’t know where you live, but FWIW the 38c Nokian studded tires just fit.

    If I wasn’t a friend of the Fuji dealer I would have purchased a Lemond “Big Sky” series. They have drop bars with an adjustable stem that can give you plenty of rise, cross brake levers on the bar tops with integrated shift/brake levers. Plenty of hand positions and built for comfort, including a suspension seat post.
    I also have a lot of drag with the dust boots on the front Ritchy hub.

  21. #21
    Senior Member madhouse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Podunc, Minnesota
    My Bikes
    07 Sun EZ-Rider, 04 Fuji Royale, 97 Giant ATX890, 89 Burley Duet, 86 Trek 560
    Posts
    415
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Sorry for opening this back up... I was replying to another thread and had to many windows open.

  22. #22
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    6,458
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by cryogenic
    Yeah... I'd imagine so... steering by leaning and clenching your buttcheeks. I'm not sure how well I'd get along doing that. However, I've heard they're wicked comfortable. I've only seen ONE in my entire city as long as I can remember.
    I went to a bent dealer in NJ and nearly purchased one right then an there. They are addictive and these were BikeE's by the way! I'm afraid of going back to the bent dealer because I might not be able to hold myself back. None of my road/hybrid/folding bikes were as comfortable as recumbents from Rans.

  23. #23
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    37
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Lone_rider
    I have been commuting with a Devinci hybrid that baby is one sweet ride. Its fast and very light (compaired to my mountain bike) I bought it about 2 years ago and only park it when the snow starts to fly.
    Which Devinci bike is it ?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •