buying a new bike
I'm buying my first bike as an adult. I've been doing research online as to what kind of bike I should get (looks like a hybrid) and how much I should spend. I'll mainly be doing city/bike path riding (2/3 times a week), but I also want to go do 'trail' rides (both paved and dirt roads) once in a while. I'm on a budget, can only spend about $300.
So, I'm wondering whether I should $300 in new a bike or $200 on an used one. I went to MetroBicycles in NYC today, and the guy recommended the Trek 7000, which they have for $280. He said it was a good bike that I could use for up to 80 miles a day. I also called a bike shop in Montclair, NJ and told the guy what I was looking for. He said that they had bikes for under and around $300, but that I should really try to spend $400 in a better bike. He recommended the Trek 7.2 FX, which they have for $350, whereas Metrobicycles has it for $400. However, Metrobicyles is much more convenient for me in the long run, so if I buy the Trek 7.2 FX I'd do it there, or some other NYC store.
I wonder why the Montclair guy told me to get a more expensive bike whereas the Metrobicycle guy didn't. Was he just looking for more profit? Or, Would there really be that much difference between the Trek 7000 and the Trek 7.2 FX? One thing, the Trek 7.2 is classified as a fitness bike, whereas the 7000 is a hybrid. But it looks like the fitness bike is also a hybrid?! Another bike I've been thinking of is the Schwinn Sierra GS, which came out as the best comfort bike according to Condumer Reports, and they have it at $330 in Metrobicycles.
Also, I wonder if spending 150-200 for a used bike might get me something better. I'm going to Recycle a bicycle in Brooklyn to check out what they have.
Another question, reading the posts in the site, I see thats ome people say that hybrids aren't good for fitness riding. How so?
Sorry for the long post. I'll apprecciate any help anyone can give me, thanks so much!!!
Last edited by serena18; 04-05-07 at 05:14 PM.
I don't know why the Montclair guy told you to get a more expensive bicycle. Maybe the components on the more expensive bike are a little better quality, or maybe he makes more money off it. I also don't know why some folks don't like hybrids. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.
If I were you, I'd just go to a bike shop I trust, tell them my budget, and ride everything they have that fits within that budget. Don't get too caught up in trying to figure out what's a hybrid vs. a fitness bike vs. this vs. that. Names like that are mostly marketing. You can ride any bike (with varying levels of comfort, of course) on a bike path or on other roads, even reasonably smooth dirt roads free of large debris. Something else to bear in mind when looking at different brands is that, many times, different bike companies get their frames from the same factory, so don't get too concerned about going with Trek vs. Schwinn vs. Giant vs. whoever. They're all quite similar.
As for used vs. new, I got my first road bike used for a fraction of what a new one would have cost. It lasted me a couple years before I got the bug to buy a new one. I then sold my bike to someone else, and she's still riding it 2 years later. You may be able to get more bike for your money by going used, but you also have to be a little more cautious and look for signs of damage and neglected maintenance.
I agree with the guy who told you to spend at least $400. For one thing that Trek 7000 has a high tensile steel frame which is basically the same frame you will find in walmart on a lot of bikes they sell. Spending an extra $150 to $200 will take you into a MUCH better frame and also better components. There is a world of differnce in my opinion, certainly worth the extra money.
Trust the LBS guy, he knows what he is saying in this case. Also, whether or not a hybrid is right, you will have to learn. I try and steer people to mountain bikes as their first bikes as I feel they are more versatile than hybrids. But the hybrid marketing concept (a bike that is a cross between road and mountain) appeals to so many people because it seems to make sense.
It is only after you own the hybrid that you realize it isn't a hybrid between a road bike and a mountain bike. In fact it is a poor excuse for either.
A hybrid doesnt count as a road bike with city-useful features does it? Like I was goin get a trek with puncture resistant tires. Im not tryna destroy tires every so often riding the DC/MD streets.
Originally Posted by Portis
Thanks for the advice. It's hard not to get caught up when there seem to be so many things to consider, and when I'm a researcher by nature and training! Another thing, the guy at the metro store said tha the Trek 7000 could 80 miles day... How can I know that about a bike? It's not on the specs... Is it due to looking at the materials it's made of?
This is my first 'adult' bike, but it won't be the last one if I really get into it. I don't have the money now to go with a 'great' bike, but I will within 3 years (once I finally finish grad school and spend a couple of years working full time!!), so a good bike that I can enjoy for about 3 years will be good for me. If I get into it (and I'm pretty sure I will, I love being active outdoors, already into running and hiking) , I think I'm gonna really be into touring, which I won't be able to do until I have some money saved also! :-)