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    New rider here!

    Hi everyone, I'm a new rider, or will be soon as I get my wheels!!

    Here's the thing: I'm not quite 50 yet..... I will be in a year, can I join you all anyways?!

    I've always been active, up until about a year ago (long story) but haven't rode a bike for more than a few minutes in years.

    I decided that I was going to back into shape before I turn 50, and bike riding is the way I want to do it!

    I am looking at either a '08 Trek 7100 or a Motobecane Elite. I am not interested in racing, but more distance riding, sometimes on trails. Any comments on these two hybrid bikes?

    I've been reading everyone's posts with great interest, and hope you'll all let me join your discussions!

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    Welcome, bebeck625! You'll get lots of feedback about hybrids here. But you'll have to wait until Tom wakes up.
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    Welcome

    I know nothing about the Motobecane but know my choice would be the Trek. I have three and have been more than satisifed with each one. I think the biggest reason for liking them has been the great bike shop where I purchased them.
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    Howdy bebeck625! Like Beverly said, a good shop can be an important part of the experience.
    What part of the world are you in? Why a hybrid and not a road bike?

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    Greetings and WELCOME.

    Tell us about yourself, where you from, what do you do.

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    Biggest difference between those two bikes is that the Trek has a suspension fork while the Motobecane uses a rigid fork. Given that the Motobecane has an aluminum frame, it's going to be a bit bumpier than the Trek. But those 40mm tires will cushion bumps. Shouldn't be a problem on streets or smooth trails.

    I'm not quite sure what a Shimano "button" shifter is, so I have that concern about the Motobecane.

    If you go with the Motobecane, make sure you know what size is the best fit for you. And unless you are very handy with bike adjustments, you'll probably have to pay a bike shop to finish the set up for you.
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    Just a welcome and you are not the only 'youngster' that has joined in on our fun...with bikes.

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    Welcome aboard:
    I must warn you though - to fit in you will need to do the following:
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    11) AND Never argue with Tom!

    Those are all the rules I can think of right now but I am sure you will get the hang of things...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclinfool View Post
    11) AND Never argue with Tom!

    Those are all the rules I can think of right now but I am sure you will get the hang of things...
    If this is a rule, I might want to invite my wife to join 50+.
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    Welcome aboard...I was here for almost a year before fifty too...I just didn't tell anyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Metric Man View Post
    Welcome aboard...I was here for almost a year before fifty too...I just didn't tell anyone.
    What?!

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    What?!
    Hey, you guys are a tough crowd...I didn't want to get flamed!
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    I don't know nothin' 'bout no hybrids, but welcome.
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    Hey thanks for the welcome everyone! I can tell I'm going to like it here!

    Big John asked why a hybrid and not a road bike? I have always been very active, but not competitive in the least. I taught myself to ski when I was 7, because I didn't like the way the instructors were doing it, and they were pushing my brother and I to compete- not for me. So, I figured- without doing much research- that road bikes are made more for racing? Also, I am looking to get back into shape, it's been well over a year since I've done anything at all, and I like the idea of distance riding with a hybrid with maybe twice a month rides on trails.

    I will take any and all advice though that anyone wants to give!

    I'm 49, female, from the Finger Lakes area of NY. All my kids are grown, and my two new "babies" are Golden Retriever puppies, one just over, and one just under a year. I'm not working right now, but am going to school on and off.

    I was raised by parents who placed a huge emphasis on being physically active, and actually made it fun for my brother and I. I was skiing and waterskiing at a very young age. Played all sorts of sports in school, and rode horses constantly. I always loved bike riding and would go on long trips all the time- that however was a very long time ago! I havent' rode a bike for more than a few miles in years. However, it's something I would really like to do, and one of the things I can do now.

    I had knee surgery a few years ago, and at first my doctor told me I would never ride a bike again. Last summer the PT I was seeing said there was no reason why I couldn't ride a bike with proper fit. She had me on an exercise bike and I had no pain at all.

    I think I definitely need to be going to a bike shop so I can be properly fitted. My goal is to get back into shape, ride distance, ride at least an hour every day. Right now, I have no desire to race, but would like to work on riding with my son in law next year part of the way across country.

    Okay, so I am open for suggestions!

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    Problem I see is linking "hybrid" with "training"

    Rarely considered, power output and type of bike go hand in hand. Training increases power output. Potential for outgrowing a bike designed for relatively low power output is pretty high. With real training involved.

    Higher power output tends to make people want to bend over, get the rear end engaged. Working out and stretching also creates greater structural fitness, making bending over easier.

    Another aspect is comfort. Upright and flat bars are comfortable at low output and short distance, less so by far than bars offering lots of positions and a more balanced weight distribution. More power, more weight on pedals, less need for saddle "comfort" features.

    Another potential problem is the bike limiting the training. Someone only riding a cruiser will pretty soon max out the cruiser's training support potential. They'll be a great cruiser rider. At the same time, a relatively out of shape beginner is probably going to have trouble with a full blown stage race bicycle.

    Cruiser - comfort - hybrid - then things diverge a bit these days. Used to be lots of road utility "10 speeds" that worked OK on easy trails. Harder to find. Cyclocross bikes come pretty close. Anyway. Touring bike. Club racer. Racing bike. Those tend to represent greater and greater ability to handle power and the speed that comes with it.

    Since training gives more power, there's a problem in choosing a bicycle. The ease and comfort of riding depend on the power, too. For example, riding my go-fast road bike slowly is really a pain. No power input, the handling isn't great a really low speeds, too much weight on pedals. On the other hand, my double sprung comfort tow the dog in a trailer bike won't handle power gracefully. I'd probably crash if I tried putting full sprint power into it all at once.

    From hybrid, I'd at least consider popping up to touring or modified cyclocross style if longer distances and higher power are potentially in the future. Can get a riser to pop the bars up a bit.

    With women, getting a bike too long is also easy to do by mistake. The riser lets a smaller frame work. Which is often a good thing. Want some weight on the front wheel.

    To give perspective, I use a Giant Cypress DS comfort bike for loafing around and hauling a trailer. Upright, high bars, cushy. It's great! I can't make it go fast or around corners, but for what it is, it's great. I could ride that an hour a day and still get fat. Prefers to go about 9 mph.

    I generally commute on a LeMond Wayzata rigged with drop bars, a riser, fenders, racks, pump, flashers, bags, and platform pedals with "power grip" straps. I could ride this all day, and find myself wondering why I need a go-fast bike. Then I get warmed up and start pushing it. Performance comes apart. It simply doesn't like really high speed handling and proves sluggish. I can't get full power output anyway, my head ends up down on the stem! Prefers to go 10 to 14 mph.

    Then I have a carbon Wilier with skinny tires, clipless pedals, and a dropped position. This one is a pain to ride slowly without power With power up hills, very stable. Just loafing along, too twitchy. Needs to be driven hard to work right. Gets better feeling and handling the more power that's put in. Prefers to go 20 mph.

    One bike only? I'd probably pick the Wayzata and miss the Wilier all the time! But I can't get groceries on the Wilier.

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    If I were going comfort/hybrid I'd probably build up a Schwinn Skyliner from Walmart at $150. Take it apart, put it back together. Use that for slow rides and save up for Trek 520.


    Have fun!

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    The hybred, road bike, Mountain bike or Cyclocross bike discussion is one of the hot topics for the 50+ crowd. It comes up so often because there are so many of us and, surprise.....................we all ride slightly differently. There is NO correct answer to the question..............or rather, all answers that work for you are correct. The hybred bike label is a rather broad swath of bicycle designs that range from upright bikes not too different from beach cruisers to "relaxed geometry" road bikes that have most of the fit/function of "racing" road bikes but are more comfortable to ride.

    You have already made the first leap..............unless you know a lot about bicycles, your going to need a good LBS for fit and maintenance. The oft stated motto here is "shop for the shop, not the bicycle". Visit as many bicycle shops as possible, ask questions and try to get a feel for how interested each one is in your continued enjoyment of cycling. When you start feeling comfortable about a shop, then you are ready to begin the search for your first bike.

    Decide in advance what the surface is that you are going to ride on. All pavement leads to a different bike than some pavement/some unpaved trails.

    Know this however.................your first bike is often not your last/next or best bike. You will learn a lot over the first full season of riding. Your shape and conditioning will change. You may find that some of the assumptions that you made that led to the first bike are changing. Many here have begun with relatively simple hybreds and gone on to full carbon road bikes. If you like our hobby/lifestyle your will eventually want to ride..........and ride............and ride.

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    I've owned a hybrid and didn't like it. I felt it didn't handle all that well on the trails, and felt it was heavy and sluggish on the road. On the other hand a road bike isn't just for training, but should be ridden just on the road. I don't know where you live but if you look around you can see some pictures people have taken of areas they've ridden through on their road bikes. Some of these areas should be taken at a nice easy pace to enjoy the view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bebeck625 View Post
    Hey thanks for the welcome everyone! I can tell I'm going to like it here!

    So, I figured- without doing much research- that road bikes are made more for racing? Also, I am looking to get back into shape, it's been well over a year since I've done anything at all, and I like the idea of distance riding with a hybrid with maybe twice a month rides on trails.

    I will take any and all advice though that anyone wants to give!
    I had the same idea when I returned to biking a few years ago. I started with a hybrid and switched to a road bike when I began doing longer rides. The other reason for switching was I couldn't keep up with the grandkids on my hybrid I gave them the hybrids and I bought a road bike

    A road bike will allow more riding positions on the longer rides and they're lighter making it easier to climb hills.


    Quote Originally Posted by bebeck625 View Post
    I had knee surgery a few years ago, and at first my doctor told me I would never ride a bike again. Last summer the PT I was seeing said there was no reason why I couldn't ride a bike with proper fit. She had me on an exercise bike and I had no pain at all.

    I think I definitely need to be going to a bike shop so I can be properly fitted. My goal is to get back into shape, ride distance, ride at least an hour every day. Right now, I have no desire to race, but would like to work on riding with my son in law next year part of the way across country.

    Okay, so I am open for suggestions!
    As someone else said, find a bike shop you like. They can make all the difference in choosing the right bike. Tell them you're just getting back into cycling but you want to do longer distances in the future.

    If you're a shorter woman like me (5'3") take a look at the WSD (women specific design) bikes. I have two WSD bikes and my touring bike didn't have a WSD option. My bike shop swapped some parts when I purchased it and it fits me fine. A good LBS will work with you to find the bike that fits you and your riding style.

    Be sure to take lots of test rides. Once you find something you might like ask the bike shop if you can take it on a longer ride. I've been dealing with the same LBS for years and they allowed me to take bikes for 3 days before I purchased mine.

    Have fun during this process. Just keep in mind the bike is just the beginning. There will be shoes, clothing, helmets, gloves, bags for the bike.....the list just goes on and on. I've found I enjoy shopping in the bike shop more than the mall
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    From one newbie to another

    Hi, I'm new here myself. I bought a Trek 7100 in May for a 200km charity ride (125 miles - what can I say, I'm Canadian - we work in metric) and I love the bike. I now use it for my 22km daily commute and have only one suggestion - upgrade the wheels. The Trek wheels are the only ones I've ever popped a spoke on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beverly View Post
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    Have fun during this process. Just keep in mind the bike is just the beginning. There will be shoes, clothing, helmets, gloves, bags for the bike.....the list just goes on and on. I've found I enjoy shopping in the bike shop more than the mall
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    definition of a hybrid (NOTE--THIS IS MY DEFINITION)-- A compromise between a road bike and a mountain bike that embodies the worst aspects of each.

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    Wow, this is great! Great information!~ I'm glad I didn't just go out and buy a bike before joining here!

    So, now it makes more sense for what I want to have a road bike.... I am going to want it to help me get into shape and stay that way, the only thing is I hate those low handlebars, I always feel like my mid section is squished, even though I am thin, and that I am leaning too far over. Of course I've never rode a really good bike before.... Is there a possibility of having higher or a different type of handlebars?

    Right now, I'm looking at taking a couple of weeks and going to different bike shops. There is only one anywhere near me, but several within an hour. I had no idea there was such a big difference in shops too.

    Can anyone explain the difference between a men's frame and a women's? Is it the length? I'm 5'5" but assume I will go with a women's frame?
    Thanks everyone!

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    Some companies market bikes that are "Women Specific". This usually means they have a shorter top tube and sometimes smaller bars. It could mean pink, too. Other than that, road frames can be used by anyone who can fit on them. Fit is the thing. If you aren't comfortable, you won't enjoy riding, no matter what some bike shop employee tells you. If you want the bars up high, you're going to have to find a way to get them up high.
    Some of the women I know ride frames not marketed as "Women Specific", and some prefer the special women's models. You just have to try them and see. It might take a little time to figure out what you like.
    Here's a link to some pics of some of the women I ride with.
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