Hi there ~
I'm brand new here.
I live in Indiana, and I'd like to buy a bicycle!
I rode quite a lot when I was younger (high school). I had a Schwinn World Traveler 10 spd. How I wish I still had that bike!
I am now 44, and I'd like a bike to help me get into better shape. I *need* to exercise bc well, you know, you get to be this age and everything softens up and heads the opposite direction of which it's been intended! Running was too hard on my joints, the treadmill is okay in the winter; I know I'll like biking. I intend to join a cycling group, too.
I see myself riding around my neighborhood; I'd like to build up to road riding, but more casual (not die hard serious). I'll prob. get into rides of 5-25 miles.
Ok...... these are the bikes I've been looking at:
2005 Giant Farrago ($400). At first I was dismayed bc I couldn't find *any* info about this bike outside of the shop, and the website or product book didn't list anything on it. I was also confused about the size bc I'm kinda inbetween sizing (17" pretty okay, maybe could be better; and 19" prob. too large). But after looking at other bikes, talking to others about bikes, am thinking the Giant would be okay.
2005 Trek 7200 or 7300. I've ridden the 7200 and it feels good. I guess the price has kept me from buying it ($350). I've been told the Giant is everything the Trek is (+ better wheels, extra goodies.... light, odometer, etc., and the suspension on the Giant is adjustable), so for $50 more, well worth it.
I've not been able to see the Trek 7300 anywhere. Nobody has it.
So am seriously thinking maybe I ought just go and buy the Giant.
Then I stopped at a bike shop yesterday, to see what they had. It's a shop that is not super convenient to my home; however, the women who owns the shop comes highly recommended, and I feel I did click with her well.
She sells Raleigh bikes, and showed me a couple. I didn't ride tho (limited timing.... I can always go back). She's a super fan of Raleigh, believes they are very good for someone wanting to ride as I do (her shop is a family bike shop and they target this audience). A couple things I really liked about the Raleigh: price was better than Giant or Trek, and I like that Raleigh uses the same componentry on their bikes.
She offers me the C30 or C40; doesn't have the C50. When I asked about the C50, she recommended I look at the 2006 model which is just out.
She didn't have the bike to show me, for me to ride, but I think I LOVED the bike (I did see another 2006 model she had for a customer): better everything (disc brakes, upgraded componentry, etc. It is A LOT more money ($500 ~ about $100 more than I budgeted), but now I'm thinking if this is the top of the line in a hybrid, perhaps I ought just to go that route with Raleigh. Am thinking a comparable Trek or Giant would be more than $500, since Raleigh is coming in lower on the other comparables. I doubt I'll be at the point anytime soon of wanting anything more than a hybrid.
Can y'all give me your opinion and guidance?? Thanks so much!!