Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-17-07, 05:17 PM   #1
Evan92
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Situation

Alright. This summer I hope to get a bike it will probably be a hybrid. I was looking at the trek 7100. I will be using it on RAGBRAI and for transportation this summer because I am not old enough to drive. We have a bike trail here and I will use that too. Do you think that it is a good bike, if not give me suggestions.
Evan92 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-07, 05:40 PM   #2
spinnaker
Every day a winding road
 
spinnaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: 2005 Cannondale SR500, 2008 Trek 7.3 FX, Jamis Aurora
Posts: 4,652
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 31 Post(s)
I'd look for something without the shocks on the front. It will really do nothing for you in the riding that you are planning and only add weight and it will be something else to fail.

You can go with a dedicated trail bike (similar to a hybrid but no shocks). But I would strongly consider a road bike. Your young and there is no reason why you would need the added comfort of a hybrid / trail bike.
spinnaker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-07, 06:23 PM   #3
Evan92
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I was told that I should get something with front shocks. I think that in a month or so I'm going to go to the bike store and ride some and see what I like. What kind of tires should the bike have for the riding I will be doing.
Evan92 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-07, 06:41 PM   #4
CrosseyedCrickt
Banned.
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: I've had enough.
Bikes:
Posts: 898
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I used to own a 7100, it was my first "real" bike.
It wasn't bad at all. I commuted on it and lost many pounds doing so.
For street riding a shock fork is overkill really. You don't need it for the street. And for light groomed trail riding it is not needed either. How technical are the trails you plan on riding? Something paved or with gravel/hard dirt? If so then the shock won't help at all, it's more of a marketing thing. Plus the RST shock that came on mine was sub-par really. Having said that, the weight of the shck wasn't a concern for me, and I enjoyed every minute on the bike.
Now I ride a fully rigid bike on the street and there really is a difference.
From me to you, if you don't plan on doing anything but commuting and joy riding then the 7100 will fit the bill quite nicely, especially for the price range. there are better bikes/deals out there. but for a first bike the 7100 is not bad at all, so long as you are sure you want a hybrid.
CrosseyedCrickt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-07, 06:46 PM   #5
Evan92
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I rode the same trails last summer on my dad's bike. I don't know what that is but I don't like the geometry on it. I can't remember if there was any gravel at all but it's mostly paved and I will be on mostly paved paths/streets. What is the difference between a hybrid and a trail bike, anyway? My aunt has a Trek 7000 and she seems to like it.
Evan92 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-07, 07:42 PM   #6
spinnaker
Every day a winding road
 
spinnaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: 2005 Cannondale SR500, 2008 Trek 7.3 FX, Jamis Aurora
Posts: 4,652
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 31 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Evan92
I was told that I should get something with front shocks. I think that in a month or so I'm going to go to the bike store and ride some and see what I like. What kind of tires should the bike have for the riding I will be doing.
Whoever told you that is wrong, at least for the type of riding that you have planed. If you want to do some mountain bike type riding then get the shocks. Otherwise they are a waste.

I really have to laugh at people I see in parks, riding on a paved path at 4 miles an hour but the have those nice shocks up front. Well at least they think they look good.

The difference between a hybrid and a true trail bike is that the trail bike does not have the shocks (there may be a few other differences such as slight tire size).
spinnaker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-07, 07:50 PM   #7
Evan92
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Alright so what bikes would you recommend?
Evan92 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-07, 09:33 PM   #8
TrekDen
Double Naught Spy
 
TrekDen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: 2010 Scott CR1 Comp, 2013 Scott Scale 960 MTB
Posts: 1,724
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'd recommend getting a model without the shock as well for the type of riding you say you'll be doing.
Trek 7000, Trek 7.2, Specialized Globe, Schwinn Voyageur, Giant Cypress ST. These are just some of the models out there that don't have front shocks.
TrekDen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-07, 06:04 AM   #9
Retro Grouch 
Senior Member
 
Retro Grouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Bikes: Rans Rockst (Retro rocket) Rans Enduro Sport (Retro racket) Catrike 559, Merin Bear Valley (beater bike).
Posts: 26,486
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 34 Post(s)
If I had to limit myself to one bike it would definitely be a road bike.

A cool fellow like you should not ride a Trek 7100. If you do you will lose so many style points that you may ultimately die a virgin. A Trek 7100 is a bike for somebody like your auntie.
Retro Grouch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-07, 06:12 AM   #10
East Hill
Lanky Lass
 
East Hill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Take a deep breath, and ask--What would Sheldon do?
Bikes: Nishiki Nut! International, Pro, Olympic 12, Sport mixte, and others too numerous to mention.
Posts: 21,514
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Road bike vote here too. You might want to check Craigslist to see if there's a used one in good shape that you can pick up for cheap. Actually you might want to check CL anyway, depending on where you're located.

But you definitely don't need shocks for the kind of riding you're planning.

East Hill
__________________
___________________________________________________
TRY EMPATHY & HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART, PERHAPS I'LL SEE YOU ON THE ROAD...
East Hill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-07, 07:23 AM   #11
spinnaker
Every day a winding road
 
spinnaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: 2005 Cannondale SR500, 2008 Trek 7.3 FX, Jamis Aurora
Posts: 4,652
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 31 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Evan92
Alright so what bikes would you recommend?
Like I said, for the riding you have planned and you youth, consider a road bike. I'm 47 years old and there are plenty of people older than me that ride them without problems.

Go to you LBS and take each type for a ride and see what you like best. After you settled on a type, then take different models out for a ride to pick your model.
spinnaker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-07, 07:26 AM   #12
spinnaker
Every day a winding road
 
spinnaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: 2005 Cannondale SR500, 2008 Trek 7.3 FX, Jamis Aurora
Posts: 4,652
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 31 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
A Trek 7100 is a bike for somebody like your auntie.
Yes, I went for years where it was difficult to get a date. I wondered why. Then I bought my road bike. After that I couldn't beat the babes off with a stick.
spinnaker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-07, 09:52 AM   #13
Digital Gee
I need more cowbell.
 
Digital Gee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Reno, Nevada
Bikes: 2015 Specialized Sirrus Elite, 2012 Masi Evoluzione
Posts: 8,111
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Bought a 1989 Trek 1500 in excellent shape for $125 the other day. The guy had the original receipt -- just under $1,000. There are bargains galore out there on Craigslist.
__________________
2015 Sirrus Elite
2012 Masi Evoluzione

Proud member of the original Club Tombay
Digital Gee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-07, 10:32 AM   #14
TrekDen
Double Naught Spy
 
TrekDen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: 2010 Scott CR1 Comp, 2013 Scott Scale 960 MTB
Posts: 1,724
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by TrekDen
I'd recommend getting a model without the shock as well for the type of riding you say you'll be doing.
Trek 7000, Trek 7.2, Specialized Globe, Schwinn Voyageur, Giant Cypress ST. These are just some of the models out there that don't have front shocks.
Evan,
I was just pointing out the types of bikes you were talking about. By all means try out some road bikes. Your interest can change so quickly at a young age. You may go from riding on bike paths, to racing in junior road races in a couple of months. You just never know.
TrekDen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-07, 10:36 AM   #15
TrekDen
Double Naught Spy
 
TrekDen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: 2010 Scott CR1 Comp, 2013 Scott Scale 960 MTB
Posts: 1,724
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by spinnaker
Yes, I went for years where it was difficult to get a date. I wondered why. Then I bought my road bike. After that I couldn't beat the babes off with a stick.
It's true! I usually carry a saw with me when I ride with Spinnaker for emergency tree cutting
TrekDen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-07, 11:07 AM   #16
Ziemas
Senior Member
 
Ziemas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Riga, Latvia
Bikes:
Posts: 10,082
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Check out the Jamis Coda line of bikes. They have a lot of bang for the buck and no front shock.

http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/bikes/...codasport.html
Ziemas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-07, 11:31 AM   #17
Milice 
Senior Member
 
Milice's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Ohio
Bikes:
Posts: 1,324
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Ill throw my .02 out and sugest a cross bike, and a second set of rims. Keep one set up with road tires and one set up with knobbies. Switch out wheels for the type of ride you are going to do and your good to go. Oh I do Goba on a cross bike and will mostlikely do Tosrv on one this year if it looks like rain.
Milice is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-07, 02:17 PM   #18
Evan92
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
We were driving around today and I saw the bike trails and it makes me want to ride.
Milice: What do you mean cross bike?
What are some brands to stay away from? Forgot to say I would like to stay under $1000
Evan92 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-07, 02:18 PM   #19
Evan92
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
What about brakes and handlebars? Anything I need to look at.
Evan92 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-07, 04:59 PM   #20
Milice 
Senior Member
 
Milice's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Ohio
Bikes:
Posts: 1,324
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Cyclocross bikes. Look a lot like a road bike drop bars ect but with enough room to run a beefier set of tires. Trek xo1 are running about 1200-1300 surley crosschecks and redlines are a bit cheaper priced you would have to look in your area.

We use them around here in the off season as training bikes on the roads mount lights and ride amish country after dark. ANd to race cross on.
Milice is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-07, 05:06 PM   #21
Evan92
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I actually kind of like the XO1. I just don't like the handlebars. I want some handlebars kind of like the ones on MTBs
Evan92 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-07, 06:54 PM   #22
Evan92
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Can anyone tell me if you can switch the handlebars.
Evan92 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-07, 08:16 PM   #23
Milice 
Senior Member
 
Milice's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Ohio
Bikes:
Posts: 1,324
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If you switch out the bars to flat bats you would have to switch out the shifters and get mt bike shifters and levers brake levers.

Drop bars offer alot more hand positions then flat bars
Milice is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-07, 08:56 PM   #24
Evan92
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Well I guess when I go to the LBS I'll have to see how I like the drop bars. Are they comfortable to ride? Another thing is there is one LBS that sells mostly Treks, a Schwinn LBS, and a big sports store with a good bike selection (not Wal-Mart bikes). Which one do you think I should go to?
Evan92 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-07, 09:25 PM   #25
Milice 
Senior Member
 
Milice's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Ohio
Bikes:
Posts: 1,324
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Personally I would check them all.
Milice is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:32 AM.