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Old 09-09-05, 04:26 PM   #1
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Need help deciding!

I know you have seen this before- but I haven't bought a bike in 30 years and am having difficulty deciding between two bikes. Both shops I looked at suggested hybrids for what I want to do. I'm fairly short- 5' 2". It has gotten to a 2 bike toss-up: the Trek 7100 and the Jamis Citizen. They both fit pretty well, the Jamis is a 14.5 instead of a 15 incher like the Trek so it's a tad closer to the ground for me. The Trek dealer gives free annual tune-ups the whole time you own the bike. I don't know enough to properly compare the difference between the components. Any helpful bits would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-09-05, 04:44 PM   #2
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Wen,
All things being equal-buy the one that gives you the best ride. I am assuming tht you have ridden both bikes and if they are equal in that respect-go with the lbs that you trust to give you the best service.
As for componetry-generally speaking (not always) the bigger the price, the better the component.
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rck gave you good advice, but just for the heck of I checked out both of the bike's web sites.

Seems pretty close to a toss up. One small difference is the Jamis has slightly wider tires. The advantage is that the ride would likely be a little more plush. The negative is that you might have to do a bit more work to overcome the extra rolling resistance of the wider tire. My two cents: The Trek's 35 mm tires should be plenty wide enough. But I'm mostly picking nits. Shouldn't be a deal breaker either way.
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Everybody will cringe when I suggest it, but you might want to look at the Electra Townie too. They seem to be VERY popular with short riders, with their "flat-foot" technology.
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I did ride the Electra Townie. It sits VERY upright and I felt a bit like Margaret O'Brien taking away Toto from Dorothy!
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Thanks for the help, there definitely was a difference between the service at the lbs's. The Trek dealer did seem quite a bit more attentive and competent which is sort of where I'm leaning.
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I think either choice will be good as long as it gets you peddaling your butt off. I have many bikes and sometimes I actually enjoy riding my Wally special and I leave my $5000 bike at home.
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I went back to the preferred lbs and they showed me the woman's style 7200- I rode that one and was sold- it was more comfortable and also was a 14" height, which I think helped. At any rate, I took it home today and pedaled around my hilly neighborhood.
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Yea!!! Reel her in, Bubba, we caught another one.
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I went back to the preferred lbs and they showed me the woman's style 7200- I rode that one and was sold- it was more comfortable and also was a 14" height, which I think helped. At any rate, I took it home today and pedaled around my hilly neighborhood.
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go for the one where the dealer made you feel most comfortable.
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