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Old 06-19-14, 12:13 AM   #1
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Need help selecting a bike!

Hi, I am new to the whole bike scene... I was handed an old 20" bmx bike as my first, and it is not suited for me! I have to stand to ride comfortably, and even that is taking a toll on my wrists. I am looking for a decent bicycle to ride for fun, long journeys particularly in urban area (new york city) that can withstand wicked potholes and minor abuse (durability is a must!!). I am not too interested with having a million gears. Pretty much a bike I can do everything with. My budget is ~$600.

So I have come across two bikes with decent reviews (I do not know anything about bicycles)

First choice:
Novara Buzz Bike - 2014 at REI.com

2nd choice:
http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...eries/8_1_ds/#

Or recommend other bicycles??

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Old 06-19-14, 07:30 AM   #2
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The Trek Allant should be in your budget.

Nice all-around commuter for $550.00. Should be able to withstand anything NYC's rough roads can dish out.
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Old 06-19-14, 07:50 AM   #3
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Giant Escape also fits within your budget, as do the lower Trek FX lines. Put money toward a very good lock, though. Your new bike will disappear in NYC pretty quickly.
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I'd go with that trek & 2 really strong locks.

Alternately i may suggest this:
http://breezerbikes.com/bikes/details/downtown-5

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I found a used Trek 7.4FX for $460, an ideal hybrid for me... still thinking it's too good to be true. Is it any better than the bikes listed above?
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I found a used Trek 7.4FX for $460, an ideal hybrid for me... still thinking it's too good to be true. Is it any better than the bikes listed above?
The used Trek you are looking at (depending on condition) should be on par with the other bikes mentioned.
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