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Old 02-13-08, 10:02 PM   #1
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Good Comfort/Hybrid bike?

I am going to get my dad a new bike for his birthday. He is 59 years old 6'3 1/2" and about 210 lbs. He is very active and in good shape. He has been riding my old mongoose mtn bike, but it is way to small. What is a good hybrid/comfort bike for him for recreation/fitness? He is more into the comfort riding position. Thanks.
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Price range?

Brands of bikes available from LBS in your area?

Does he prefer a suspension fork?
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Trek 7.2FX or equivalent Specialized, Giant, Fuji, etc. After he rides it for 8 months to a year, he will know what he wants for next bike, or he will have given up riding.
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Get thee to a bike shop.
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Do not fail to look at a Jamis Coda, any of several different models with varying prices. Very nice bikes, especially for the money.
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I have a Giant Sedona that's been a great ride for the past several years.
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Please don't buy him a bike that hasn't been fitted and having gone a test ride...
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Please don't buy him a bike that hasn't been fitted and having gone a test ride...
Bike shops hate selling "surprise gift" bikes that have never been ridden by the intended user. A high percentage end up being returned or unused.
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Most of us will have our favourite manufacturer but Look at the use he will give it. Will it require Panniers to be fitted? Make sure they can be fitted. Will he be on trails or road- different tyres and preferably bikes to be used- but the main bit is to get one that fits. Only surprise should be when you tell him you are buying a bike. Then leave the type of bike---Within your Wallet size hopefully--- Up to him.

I do like the Giant Road bike range starting with the FCR- a road bike with straight bars- But even that may be the wrong colour for Dad. (Even that would come into choice)

One point I will make though- Whatever bike he gets- he will be welcome on this forum.
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These all look good to me...

I'm 52 and about his size. I would be thrilled to get any of these in an XL.
The Specialized have base models and then more expensive ones with better components. These will range from $400-$1200
Kona Smoke 2-9
Specialized Globe
Specialized Crosstrail
If your budget is under $400, check out used hybrids, rather than buying a cheaper new one.

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I rode a Trek 7.2 FX at lunch today and I loved it. But I would not have
been able to determine that without riding several, one that felt like me.

I rode a hard tail MTB too and it was taller and faster than I ever expected
but the hybrid felt wonderful. I noticed that they have lower priced bikes
in the catalog but I think these are just doorbusters to get you in the shop.
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