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Old 05-22-07, 11:12 AM   #1
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Finding the perfect bike for me

Ok, so i am totally new to the world of bicycling (aside from the bike i had but hardly ever used when i was younger). I recently decided to get rid of my old junker car. Well, i suppose i didn't make that decision. The car did when it decided to die for the seventeen millionth time this year. Now, due to environmental concerns and rising gas prices, I think i will opt for a good bike instead of a new car. I figured this would be easy. I would just do a bit of googling and, wallah, i would find the perfect bike. Haha, i have learned that it isn't quite so easy. So many kinds of bikes... My head hurts.... During my googling i stumbled upon this website and thought, "hey, these people can help me i bet!"
Anyway... I said all that to say this: Can someone help me pick out the right bike? I need it for traveling to and from work (about 10 miles there and back), going places around town (town is mostly flat with a killer hill every now and then), and traveling to and from Columbus to see my girlfriend (about 60 miles one way). I realize this last one is going to be a bit of a challenge and will take weeks or months (hopefully not years) of training. I am in kind of goodish shape; i run a few times a week and do yoga. What is the bike for me? Any suggestions? Thanks.
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While there are other types of bikes you can look at, the obvious
choice will be a touring bike. What's the budget? Look at the Trek 520
and the Cannondale touring bikes to start the search.
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Get something with a good rack, an internal hub, fenders, and possibly a chain case like the Cannondale Street Premium, the Specialized Globe City 3.1, or the Breezer Uptown.

Also, get a rain cape (also called bike poncho).
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A touring bike like the Trek 520 is a great choice for this type of riding, some of the better hybrids, Specialized Sirrus for example should do fairly well too. Don't get anything with suspension fork and/or fat knobby tires, on the road these only slow you down. Internal hubs are great when they work, but finicky to service and costly to replace.
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thank you all for your responses. the trek 520 looks really good and i might go with that. but what if i wanted to spend less? would there be a good bike for me in maybe the $200-500 range? or is that too low to get a quality bike?
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thank you all for your responses. the trek 520 looks really good and i might go with that. but what if i wanted to spend less? would there be a good bike for me in maybe the $200-500 range? or is that too low to get a quality bike?
You can get a quality bike in the $400-$500 range. Check out some of the flat-bar fitness bikes like the Jamis Coda and Trek 7.2FX to get an idea. Also, check around and see if any of your LBS`s have any leftover `06 models on sale. Last September I found a still-new `05 Jamis Coda Sport at a closeout price of $475 and jumped on it(literally). You can also find good deals on Craigslist, too.
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if you're going to be riding it as much as you say, spend the extra money

the trek 520 is a good deal

you can try to find last year's model on closeout or shop ebay / oddle.com for a used touring bike
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