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    Help me pick a new bike

    I've had a few road bikes, I have had a hybrid bike and a few years ago bought a Trek feet forward design bike. Some advantages/disadvantages to each one but I still have not found that all in one bike.

    I'm looking for a bike that can get to a decent speed (13-16 mph - I know that is also rider dependent), something with some heavy duty tires (I'm sick of getting flats on my road and hybrid bikes), something where I can use a thick seat like the kind on my Trek bike ( prostate problems with the road bike seats and I've tried them ALL), a geometry that puts me somewhere in the middle of comfort and an aggressive posture, I'd prefer the mountain bike type handlebars. I would consider a mountain bike as it seems that may fit most of the above but I have no experience riding them. However,this would be used for road usage - no off-roading

    Finally, I would like to have the option to use clip on pedals as well as regular pedals. It would be great if they had a pedal that could accomplish both or have clip on, on one side and a regular pedal on the other.

    Any suggestions on which bike to try out? Or maybe I'm asking the impossible.

    Thanks for your help
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    Based on your post, I'd suggest a flat bar bike. You can get ones that weigh less than 25 pounds and will easily go in the mid to high teens for a normal person. You can add a gel seat cover and get pedals that are platform on one side and have clipless on the other. You might want to consider toe clips and keep them loose enough so that you can easily slip in and out with regular shoes/sneakers. You can use a variety of tires but you might want "35's" with some tread. Keep your tires fully inflated as I suspect that your problem with flats has more to do with riding under-inflated tires rather than the tires themselves. All the major bike brands have bikes that would fit your needs well. Finally, the flat bar will give you the best comfort level. Remember, there are two important components to bike fit - height and length. If you have longer than normal arms, get the biggest bike you can stand over. One more thing - get a mirror. Mirrors that connect to the end of the flat bar work very well and will give much more confidence when riding on the streets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sillywabbit691 View Post
    I've had a few road bikes, I have had a hybrid bike and a few years ago bought a Trek feet forward design bike. Some advantages/disadvantages to each one but I still have not found that all in one bike.

    I'm looking for a bike that can get to a decent speed (13-16 mph - I know that is also rider dependent), something with some heavy duty tires (I'm sick of getting flats on my road and hybrid bikes), something where I can use a thick seat like the kind on my Trek bike ( prostate problems with the road bike seats and I've tried them ALL), a geometry that puts me somewhere in the middle of comfort and an aggressive posture, I'd prefer the mountain bike type handlebars. I would consider a mountain bike as it seems that may fit most of the above but I have no experience riding them. However,this would be used for road usage - no off-roading

    Finally, I would like to have the option to use clip on pedals as well as regular pedals. It would be great if they had a pedal that could accomplish both or have clip on, on one side and a regular pedal on the other.

    Any suggestions on which bike to try out? Or maybe I'm asking the impossible.

    Thanks for your help
    If you had enough cycling experience that, as for seats, you had "Tried them all", then you wouldn't be asking us what type of bike to get.

    Thick cushy seats will often hurt your prostrate more than a road bike seat. And a road bike seat with a good cutout would be almost impossible to cause problems with your prostrate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColaJacket View Post
    If you had enough cycling experience that, as for seats, you had "Tried them all", then you wouldn't be asking us what type of bike to get.

    Thick cushy seats will often hurt your prostrate more than a road bike seat. And a road bike seat with a good cutout would be almost impossible to cause problems with your prostrate.

    GH
    Well, maybe not all of them but I've had 6-7 different saddles on my road bike including the Adamo. For me, the cushioned bike seats like the one on my Trek bike was more comfortable than the typical road bike saddle seat. Those seats would sure look odd on a road bike though. And I'm asking what type of bike to get, not what type of seat to get.

    Any ways, thanks for your responses. Practical - thanks for pointing out that they make dual-purpose pedals. I've been out of the loop for a while (in regards to road biking) so i'll check up on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sillywabbit691 View Post
    Well, maybe not all of them but I've had 6-7 different saddles on my road bike including the Adamo. For me, the cushioned bike seats like the one on my Trek bike was more comfortable than the typical road bike saddle seat. Those seats would sure look odd on a road bike though. And I'm asking what type of bike to get, not what type of seat to get.

    Any ways, thanks for your responses. Practical - thanks for pointing out that they make dual-purpose pedals. I've been out of the loop for a while (in regards to road biking) so i'll check up on them.
    What do your friends ride ? if any ofcourse?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fastfingaz View Post
    What do your friends ride ? if any ofcourse?
    Riding is a casual hobby anymore so I only ride with my kids and as a fitness supplement for my main hobby. That is one of the reasons I'm glad practical pointed out the dual purpose pedals. I can ride with the kids in sandals or use clip ons to get a better workout when riding solo

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    Here's an option:

    Diamondback Haanjo Bike 2016 > Bikes > Cyclocross Bikes | Jenson USA

    That was the first search I found under "flat bar cyclocross" bike on Google.

    FWIW, all bikes have the option of riding clipless, since pedals are separate components from the crank arms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elvo View Post
    Thanks. With all the categories they have nowadays, it gets a little overwhelming (urban, fitness, dual purpose, recreation, cross country, cyclocross). I e-mailed my LBS and they had recommended the Trek DS which seems in line with the bikes you both posted. I'll have to check them all out.

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    If You're sick of getting flats on your Hybrid why not get heavier tires with the puncture resistant features inside ?

    A New Bike with still the light weight puncture vulnerable tires wont fix That.

    Trek's DS has a suspension Fork a variation of hybrid .. FX is their bike without the suspension fork ..


    My County the dealer for Specialized is in another town Far away .. (Trek nearby)

    so suggesting a Brand the OP cannot ride and has to drive with their bike in the car to get service is a bit unwieldy .
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    I no longer have a hybrid bike so I'm looking for something new. I started with a road bike, had both a hybrid and a road for a while. Sold the hybrid, purchased a new road bike, had kids, got rid of the road bike and purchased the feet first Trek design. Now that my kids are older, I'm looking for something with a little more of an aggressive stance. That feet forward design is a little too upright for me now.

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    Yea Trek Pure, is one of those like that. FX will be better.. Lighter than the DS being without the suspension fork, too..

    Dealer can Upgrade the Stock tires for a price Bump

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    Quote Originally Posted by sillywabbit691 View Post
    I would consider a mountain bike as it seems that may fit most of the above but I have no experience riding them. However,this would be used for road usage - no off-roading
    I like doing occasional road rides on my MTB, and one might be an easy way to suit your needs. A sporty, stiff entry-level hardtail can be a solidly-built piece of equipment at a relatively low price, they obviously come with straight bars, even basic stock tires are fairly resilient to flats (and fixing flats is extremely easy as the bead usually sits very loosely on the rim when deflated), and the posture tends to be moderate.

    It'll definitely be on the slow and heavy side, though. I sometimes do 15mph half-centuries on my hardtail, a bike with grips 2 feet apart and 2" knobby tires, but I can do the same rides a few mph faster on my road bikes.
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    Any tires can be more puncture resistant with tire liners. I have them in all my bikes and I don't notice any stiffness or added rolling resistance.
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    Okay, somebody has to post it, it may as well be me. If saddles bother your prostate, ditch the saddles.


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    Are you against or already know you don't like drop bars?

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