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    >>>Give me advice!<<<<

    I'd like to get into semi-serious cycling, and right now I'm considering mainly $400/$500 hybrids, as I'd like something that can move pretty well. I love speed. I also want something that isn't too delicate for around town riding; it will be my only bike for now. Shocks aren't a must, but a plus.

    However, I've also seen some good deals on used bikes, mostly through Ebay and Craigslist, but mostly road bikes (it seems people like to hold on to hybrids), which also interest me, but are generally too expensive new.

    I want something that's relatively inexpensive, has good speed on average city road conditions as well as on trails and maybe a little light off-road, has good components (gears/shifters are a priority), and doesn't look too shabby.

    So far I've ridden a Marin Larkspur and Muirwoods, a Trek 7300fx, and a Specialized Sirrus and Crossroads Elite. I didn't like the feeling of the ride on the Trek as much as the two Marins, but I liked its drivetrain/shifting/gearing system the best, as it felt more solid and less likely to need maintanence.
    The extra cost ($500 range vs. $400) was apparent in the ride of the specialized bikes, plus the fact that they had shocks, which may or may not be prefferable. Overall, the Specialized bikes seemed to climb better and coast faster. I loved those bikes, but I'd rather not spend that much, I'm on a budget.

    Sooo, my question is, how do I find an affordable bike with all of these qualities? The less I spend the better, and I'd really like tips on specific models or methods of buying/researching, plus suggestions for which type of bike I should get. Is there any kind of all-encompassing database of bike models/reviews out there?

    If you have any particularly useful piece of advice or know someone who does, you can email it to jkh_bomb@yahoo.com.

    Thanks,
    Julian

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    Check out the Jamis Coda Sport. You might be able to find a 2005 or 2004 model on sale this time of year.

    http://www.jamisbikes.com/bikes/05_codasport.html

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    Your needs had "Kona Dew" written all over them. Find a Kona dealer - don't wait!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elcyciB
    So far I've ridden a Marin Larkspur and Muirwoods, a Trek 7300fx, and a Specialized Sirrus and Crossroads Elite. I didn't like the feeling of the ride on the Trek as much as the two Marins, but I liked its drivetrain/shifting/gearing system the best, as it felt more solid and less likely to need maintanence.
    The extra cost ($500 range vs. $400) was apparent in the ride of the specialized bikes, plus the fact that they had shocks, which may or may not be prefferable. Overall, the Specialized bikes seemed to climb better and coast faster. I loved those bikes, but I'd rather not spend that much, I'm on a budget.
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    If you like the Specialized and it fits that's all that matters. A $100 more once you get the bike isn't going to matter. If you go cheaper you'll always be thinking if the other bike really was better. Spend the money.
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    Don't use Greater Than and Lessor Than characters in subject line. The forum members respond well without making the subject line listing hard to read.

    You may think you're a semi-serious cycling, but by your price point limit you're just barely at the 1/3 the average cost of a road bike.

    Either:
    A- face the fact you're not into semi-serious biking yet, or
    B- up your purchase budget.

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    Specialty Bicycle Sales By Year, Dollars, 2002-2004
    
    Category 	2002[%] 2003 $ 	2004 $ 	2004 Avg. Price
    Mountain 
    Full Susp. 	9.67 	8.87 	9.57 	$1,319.97
    
    Road/700C 	16.40 	20.79 	28.32 	$1,152.68
    
    Mountain 
    Front Susp. 	26.56 	26.24 	25.61 	$391.31
    
    Hybrid/Cross 	9.89 	12.87 	10.95 	$386.48
    
    Comfort 	18.03 	14.44 	11.70 	$332.23
    
    
    Freestyle 	5.56 	4.42 	3.78 	$226.36
    
    Mountain 
    No Susp. 	3.12 	1.64 	0.41 	$220.21
    
    
    Youth 24" 	2.51 	2.75 	2.23 	$242.72
    
    Youth 20" 	2.60 	2.41 	2.24 	$171.04
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    Quote Originally Posted by HiYoSilver
    You may think you're a semi-serious cycling, but by your price point limit you're just barely at the 1/3 the average cost of a road bike.

    Either:
    A- face the fact you're not into semi-serious biking yet, or
    B- up your purchase budget.
    So let me get this straight... if I put hundreds of hours on my $400 P.1, and 1,000's of miles on my $20 singlespeed commuter and my $600 roadbike, I'm not a serious cyclist because my bicycle didn't cost enough? You do realize people have budgets and need to make compromises sometimes, right? Why don't you saddle up Silver and ride on out of here with your elitest attitude.
    commuter turned bike mechanic turned commuter (also a Velocity USA employee, but this is my personal account)

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    Heh, heh... I've gotten plenty of fun and tonnes of training-time on my MTB. Bought for $35 from campus-police auction. Looked like it was dredged from the bottom of the lagoon and it even had a nice big dent in the top-tube.

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    For a list of bikes and reviews on them go to www.mtbr.com and go to the product review section.
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