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Old 07-10-07, 07:47 PM   #1
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Looking for a new bike, not sure where to post

Hi,

I'm new to the forum and have no idea where to post this. I'm pretty new to the whole cycling world; I always rode a bike when I was a kid, but then I turned 16 and got a car - but now I want to bike again. There is a group of us that have been going out on the weekends, right now I have a "target special" for a bike and I really want to upgrade to something nicer. We mostly do general trail riding (the paths we're on are usually crushed limestone or paved), we have done a little off-road/off-trail riding. I really don't know much and would like to learn but have no idea where to start or which brands might be better than others.

Right now, the bikes I'm considering are:
Trek 7300
Trek 7.2 FX
Raleigh Passage 5.5

If anybody can give me any tips or any reviews of the bikes I've listed or recommend another entry level bike, I would much appreciate it.
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Old 07-11-07, 05:20 AM   #2
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You might consider a folding bike as they are easier to transport and store. Downtube is a good starter bike, or Xooter.com Swift. Put on off road tires if you need to.

"I really don't know much and would like to learn" See if there is a bicycle maintenance course given near you. http://parktool.com/clinics_training/

"I really want to upgrade" If you like the frame upgrade it with better parts.
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Old 07-11-07, 07:42 AM   #3
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Hi,

I'm new to the forum and have no idea where to post this. I'm pretty new to the whole cycling world; I always rode a bike when I was a kid, but then I turned 16 and got a car - but now I want to bike again. There is a group of us that have been going out on the weekends, right now I have a "target special" for a bike and I really want to upgrade to something nicer. We mostly do general trail riding (the paths we're on are usually crushed limestone or paved), we have done a little off-road/off-trail riding. I really don't know much and would like to learn but have no idea where to start or which brands might be better than others.

Right now, the bikes I'm considering are:
Trek 7300
Trek 7.2 FX
Raleigh Passage 5.5

If anybody can give me any tips or any reviews of the bikes I've listed or recommend another entry level bike, I would much appreciate it.

I have a Trek 7.5 FX, but I mostly use it for commuting/transportation on paved roads. Its ok on easy trails that are packed dirt, and some gravel, but if I were you, I would consider maybe a hardtail mountain bike or hybrid with front suspension that you can lock down (for when you don't need it), if you are mostly riding it off road on trails that aren't very demanding. Not sure if the Trek 7300 or Raleigh meet that criteria without going to look them up.
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Gary Fischer seems to have a lot of interesting offerings as far as tough hybrids go. they tend to make their hybrids more on the mountain bike side of things, as they are a mountain biking company. In your price range, I might look at the Artemis. It basically reminds me of old rigid frame mountain bikes, and should be pretty indestructible. Fine off road, too, even without the suspension. They've also got the Wingra which is very similar, but with road bike wheels. This one will be a lot faster on the road, but much less suited to trail riding. It is rather typical of a lot of hybrids currently being produced. At higher price ranges, Fisher offers some other interesting, and often odd looking bikes, but judging by the bikes you listed, they may be more than you want to spend.
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