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Old 07-07-11, 11:49 AM   #1
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Semi- Beginner Riders

I was wondering what would be a better choice for a commuting bike?

Ive ridin a Diamondback Hybrid Bike for a 7.5 mile uphill ride and just recently moved to Nevada and was in search for a new bike. I have had my eye on road bikes but just uncertain if I am up to par to ride such an intense looking bicycle. My current job is only 4.5 miles away, not much hills to it either, but was wondering which would be better. A hybrid or road bicycle?

I hope someone can answer some of my concerns.

Also, Ive been more exposed to the rottor and pad brakes and was unsure whether to settle for the flat BMX looking brakes.

What type of bike would be a good fit for a male, 5'9", 205 lb medium-large build looking to lose weight about another 25 lbs, lost 60 already doing cardio like Muay Thai and Kick Boxing.

Hopefully someone can answer my questions!

Thanks in advance!

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Old 07-07-11, 12:11 PM   #2
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Do you have any cycling interests beyond commuting? The reason I ask is that you can do a 4.5 mile flat-ish commute on pretty much any bike. Given that, I'd think about how you might use a bike recreationally.

If you're stuck between a hybrid and a road bike, you might be interested in a flat bar road bike which kind of splits the difference.

Test ride a few bikes and let that help make your decision.

If you were in a wet climate I'd definitely lean towards disc brakes but seeing as how you're in Nevada I wouldn't worry about it too much.

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Old 07-07-11, 12:16 PM   #3
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im getting my first road bike tonight. its a raleigh revenio 3.0 with marinoni frame and fork, and shimano 105 components
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Old 07-07-11, 12:21 PM   #4
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Is that good RevenioMarinoni? All these terms are completely out of my league! And also Tjspiel, It would be for work primarilly but if I did want to just go one day on a long bike ride, I would want the confidence to be in my bike and know that I'll be with good wheels
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Use your current bike for the ride. If your hybrid was able to do a 7.5 mile uphill ride it would be even faster on a 4.5 mile flat commute .

Look for a new bike when your current bike isn't the best choice for the type of riding you currently do or want to do. In that sense, longer and faster rides are usually road bike specialties.
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If your current bike is OK, then use it as is, rigged for everyday commuting. If you want a road bike, get one and use it for sport. It is always better to have 2 bikes rather than 1.
The advantage of a road bike over a hybrid over 4.5 miles is a little but not enough to warrant an upgrad; the disadvantages are lack of utility features such as rack and fender fittings.
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If there is nothing wrong with your hybrid you could keep riding it to work. If you want a road bike go for it, but your current bike can easily do the job. In general I don't think most people need disc brakes.
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Well the issue with using the first bike I had was that it was on Loan from a family member that live in Los Angeles and now that I live in Las Vegas, I wasn't able to just use it when needed which is why I am looking to purchase my own but again know hardly nothing about bicycles in general.
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Do you have a price range that you want to spend?
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If you're commute is relatively flat and you intend on using this bike solely as a commuter rig, I would suggest looking at a single speed bike. I recently made the switch and even with the hills I have to deal with, I'm finding that the one gear does the job just fine while the pain of fussing with gears is eliminated. Since your commute is flat, you should have an even easier time with a single speed.
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Ive ridin a Diamondback Hybrid Bike for a 7.5 mile uphill ride and just recently moved to Nevada and was in search for a new bike. I have had my eye on road bikes but just uncertain if I am up to par to ride such an intense looking bicycle.
Thanks in advance!
You are up to it, no problem. Who can say which is better, but it sounds like you want the road bike. Faster, more responsive, more sporty. So get the road bike.
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If you are going to be riding more than 15 miles I think I would go with a road bike. If not maybe a cross bike, they have larger tires than a road bike. You might even look at the urban bikes out there. Cannondale Quick CX4 like I got or Giant Seek 2 or maybe even the Trek PDX, but this is the last year they make it. You can pick one of these up for around 600 bucks.

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Year round commuting weather, flat, short commute. I wish I was in your situation. That would be the only justification I need to get a 2010 Bianchi San Jose. Always wanted one of those. Single speed would be the best for a compressed time workout and simple to maintain.
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