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Old 07-06-05, 12:26 PM   #1
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Need your help to choose a bike

Hi All,

I have no experience with bikes. I am planning to buy a bike to get some exercise. I went to 3 LBS so far (1 Trek dealer, 1 Gaint and 1 LBS which sells both bikes). They showed me few Hybrid models. I donít have any firm opinion on any bike as I donít have much experience with the bikes; I just felt TREK bikes little more comfortable.

I am 34 years old and 215 lbs and planning to use this bike for commute for 2-3 days a week (my work place is 2 miles each way) and planning to find some bike trails to use it during the weekend. I wanted to use little money to get used to the biking so that I can buy a better bike once I like the biking.

My questions are

Is hybrid bike good option for my purpose?
Is Trek hybrid 7100 or 7200 a good option?

Local LBS is charging $280 for 7100 and $330 for 7200. He told me that 7200 had a puncture resistant tires and that is good for biking. I donít know any thing about these and could you please explain and let me know whether they are important or not? BTW he told me that the rims in 7200 is also good, I donít know how much better they are?

Here are the differences I found on the TREK web site when I compare both models.

7100

Wheels
Wheels Alloy hubs; Matrix 550 rims
Tires Bontrager Invert, 700x35c
Drivetrain
Shifters SRAM ESP 3.0 Plus
Front Derailleur SR XCR-328
Rear Derailleur SRAM ESP 3.0
Crankset SR 48/38/28 w/chainring guard
Cassette Sunrace 13-34, 7 speed

7200

Wheels Alloy front, Shimano RM60 rear hub; Matrix 750 rims
Tires Bontrager Invert Hardcase, 700x35c
Drivetrain
Shifters SRAM MRX Plus
Front Derailleur Shimano C102
Rear Derailleur Shimano Alivio
Crankset Shimano TX71 48/38/28 w/chainring guard
Cassette SRAM 850 11-32, 8 speed

The remaining parts are same.

The other question I have is ďHow to find out bike trails?Ē any web site? I live in Bay area (Sunnyvale, CA).


Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-06-05, 12:56 PM   #2
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Hi p001!

I have the Trek 7200FX and I love it!
I've had it for about a month now and it has almost 300 miles on it and I haven't encountered any problems at all. Sorry but I can't really shouldn't answer any of the technical questions about the components because I'm kind of new to having a good bike from a LBS, instead of Wallyworld.

I use mine for commuting and long rides in the hills of southern Indiana on the weekends. And like you, I am starting to itch for a faster (and more expensive) bike...especially after reading through the Under $700 Roadbike Thread. Felt F90...drool!
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Thanks Mike!

The like is really useful about low end road bikes. I tried 7200fx too, some how I didn't like that hard seat. Proabably it is because that I never used any bike.
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Thanks Mike!

The like is really useful about low end road bikes. I tried 7200fx too, some how I didn't like that hard seat. Proabably it is because that I never used any bike.
Believe me, the seat that comes with it is actually pretty soft. If you plan on riding alot you'll get used to the seat/saddle in no time at all. There have also been a few discussions here on the forum about this very issue if you search around for them.

Good Luck!
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Believe me, the seat that comes with it is actually pretty soft. If you plan on riding alot you'll get used to the seat/saddle in no time at all. There have also been a few discussions here on the forum about this very issue if you search around for them.

Good Luck!
Thanks again Mike, I will go for another test ride on 7200 FX.

Others,

Please spare a minute to provide your experience to help me to decide between Trek Hybrid 7100 and 7200? is the additional $50-80 worth enough?

Is the puncture resistant tire on 7200 really avoid flats?

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Old 07-07-05, 04:20 PM   #6
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P001-

I like you wanted a bike to get more exercise & influenced by friends into cycling. Asked for comfort bikes, but some friends really into road & mountain bikes encouraged me to go the Mountain (mtb) route, so I actually saved money and got a Trek 820 (steel frame) mtb, which I have pedalled for 2 months - put 400+ miles on it, thrown out all the kids department-store bikes and bought a second 820 for the kids to use.

I've also cleaned up my old Motobecane Super Mirage road bike & started riding that. Liking the local bike paths here in SE Mass, riding solo & with friends, and doing 10-30+ miles every few days and I can say I'm at nearly my lowest weight in 15 years. I'm going into my 6th year as an avid sea kayaker, and enjoy short hikes, but biking is much simpler and much more whole-body exercise for the time invested.

I'm glad I went the mtb route, but I already had the old classic road bike as well. Good luck!

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The Giant Cypress and Trek 7100 and 7200 all have suspension in their forks (the bars that hold the front wheel in place) which makes for a comfortable ride but also adds weight to the bike. I test rode the Giant and found it to be too heavy in the front which made steering more cumbersome. I didn't get a chance to ride the Treks so I can't say how they'll manuver, however, they both have suspension in the fork like the Giant. I also test rode the Trek 7500 FX. This is a hybrid bike that is closer to a road bike with flat handle bars. This bike has no suspension what so ever! You feel every bump vibrate through your body. There are two other hybrid bikes with flat handle bars that have suspension in the seatpost that I have ridden and find comfortable. They also are light weight and manuver like road bikes. (Remember, you can get wider tires for commuting if you don't want road bike tires.) You may want to try them out? The Jamis Coda Comp and the Sirrus Comp by Specialized.
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Sirrus Comp by Specialized are known as the best in the hybrid class take a long good look at them pay the extra money you will no regret it if money is'nt a problem go for the top of the line with carbon fiber forks with damping suspension built in nice feature then shock forks. I to can't decide on a road bike or hybrid but if i go hybrid and take the plunge i will go Specialized (light, light, light, bike), Trek may look better but Specialized has everyone beat on parts on the hybrid bikes take a ride see for yourself and please comment on your findings.
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Thank you all. I will try to visit specialized bike shop this weekend and try their bikes too.
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The Specialized Crossroad or Sirruis is fine.!
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I was interested in your reply regarding the Sirrus Comp. I too am looking at hybrid bikes and have narrowed my search down to two: the Sirrus Comp (alum.) and the Jamis Coda Comp (steel). The Jamis has a rear deraileur (sp?) of Deore XT versus the Sirrus's of Shimano 105. Have you tried the Jamis? I would be interested in hearing your preference!

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I was interested in your reply regarding the Sirrus Comp. I too am looking at hybrid bikes and have narrowed my search down to two: the Sirrus Comp (alum.) and the Jamis Coda Comp (steel). The Jamis has a rear deraileur (sp?) of Deore XT versus the Sirrus's of Shimano 105. Have you tried the Jamis? I would be interested in hearing your preference!

Thanks,
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Hmmm, I never heard this brand Jamis Coda Comp. I just checked their web site and found 2 shops in 10 mile radius. I am not sure but I will try during the weekend to visit this shop.
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