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    Should I wait to get a new bike...?

    Hey! I am re-discovering the joy of cycling, after modifying a high-end hardtail MTB to a comfort hybrid,
    and since I have finally succeeded in quitting smoking, I have a lot of newfound energy to burn, and
    cycling is a great way to get back in shape. I am 43 and usually pretty intense when I do something,
    so I already find my bike kinda boring, even if it rides much better, with slicks.

    I know what bike I would need right now, something like a Trek 7.7fx or something similar, but also thinking maybe I should wait a year or two, just to see where it leads me, I might want to get into
    road bikes instead of hybrids. right now a hybrid would make sense since I live a mile away from the "green road" (150 mile section of bike path, gravel/asphalt), and this is where I would want to ride most of the time, but I know a road bike could also handle it.

    So, should I wait (and ride a boring bike for a year), or take a chance with the 7.7 and risk that in a couple of years I want to sell it at half the price and get something else...
    (I'm just dying to get a new toy, LOL)

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    If it were me, I'd wait and get a road bike, maybe even a cyclocross. I think hybrids are too much of a compromise for more than commuting or light recreational riding.

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    Sounds a lot like my situation. I got back into cycling this year by investing in a lower-end hybrid bike. I've been enjoying getting out and riding a LOT, and I've also been throwing a lot of money into this bike by upgrading components/adding things. Personally, I'm trying my best to wait a season or two before buying another, more specialized (pun not intended) bike. The hybrid style is fine for leisure, but it does neither commuting nor road biking especially well.

    Mainly, I'm waiting until I gain more experience with keeping a bike in good operating condition before I invest in an expensive one.

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    Price no object, get a Bruce Gordon Rock n Road bike. www.bgcycles.com With quick disconnects on the control cables it is easy to swap out the offroad flat-bar for dropbars for roading. Swap wheels too, the bike can handle from 700x23 to 700x43. The Trek 7700 fx looks like a compromise. Get a solid road bike that can go from 1" to 1 3/8" in tire size. Get folding tires and change as needed. enjoy.
    This space open

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    I'm glad I didn't pull the trigger yet... Already kind of bored with the hybrid.
    Gearing is definately not adequate (42-32-22) I'm always spinning on the 3 top gears most of the time, and that thing is heavy as heck.
    I just got my old 80's road bike at the shop for a tune up, this should give me a
    more enjoyable ride, if not for the sore butt of course, but I remember that
    thing would move with every turn of the crank... It's ugly as heck, but so what,
    I will "grow" on this bike and then know exactly what I need afterwards.
    I dont think the hybrid is the ideal bike for me anymore...

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    Here's the old road bike (a classic... )


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