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Old 07-31-07, 01:06 PM   #1
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choosing a bike for the city

Hello everybody, I have looking around and reading in the forum inorder to find a perfect bike for the city and have a few doubts, every dealer here has a differente opinion. I live in Seville, Spain. They have recently made here a lane for bikes, which is nice, but is not everywhere, soy you still find potholes etc. etc. U.S.A cities tend to be better made and I donīt think a city biker in the USA has a always a better surface.

At he beginning I thought about Trek 7300, which is light and nice, I want a fast bike as well, and I had the idea that the suspension fork is the best for the city. Now I thought that you still have a rear wheel to protect from impactas, so I donīt knoe if the suspension is a real proteccion for the bike or is just a more comfortable way to ride.

Some people told me the suspension is ideal for the city, and other bikers told me that is not necesary , that the 700 x 35 tires are enough to absorb little problems of the city and that the suspension rest strenght and stability when yo want to get speed, ŋ is this really true? is like that with a 7300?

So I see the 7.3 as another option, and now I see SU200 as well, if the suspension fork in not the best thing, and tires absorb impacts, probably the 26 tires are better for the city than the 700 x 32 of the 7.3 , but I donīt like a slow or heavy bike, I donīt know if the SU200 can be like that

Looking around I have seen other options with no suspension, like Marin Novato and Specialized Globe, this last one has a 700 x 42 , is fat tire for the city but probably faster than a 26 , they both have disc brakes which I think is nice, I heard they add much extra weight , I donīt know.

So I am in a kind of mess, since dealers here donīt have the bikes in stock a nd I canīt try them, I have to order directly. If anyone can give opinions or ideas is very much apreciated,

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Old 07-31-07, 07:47 PM   #2
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hello! welcome to the forums!

you don't need a full suspension bike for city rides. we don't even recommend such to cross country bikers, unless the terrain is really rough.

A hybrid is usually the best choice for an all around bike. You may opt for a suspension fork, but still it is not necessary, unless you go through rocky roads in most parts.

As for potholes, a 700x32 can usually handle those as long as your tires is pumped up to the correct pressure.

As for brakes are concerned, you can opt with disk or rim brakes.

Since you're very concerned in how fast or slow the bike is, you should go for the lighter side. The bigger you go with your tire, the heavier it will get. Braking power of the rim brakes are enough, these are usually lighter than the disk counterpart.

If you are concerned about comfort, you can opt to go steel, or carbon, or even ti. Al frames are usually very stiff and gives a bit more bumpy ride.
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Thanks very much for your answer,

I think I will leading then to the trek 7.3 or gary fisher Wingra,

Whisch would be the correct pression for this bike?


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not sure if you inquiry is about a bike or tires.
for the bike, go with what fits better or what you think will fit better.
commuting tires- suggest wider. have 700 x 42 marathons on my
cross check, run them 80 psi; they provide a comfortable ride and
protection from punctures and road debris.
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Thankyou for the advice, I was wondering about both things, The pecialized clobe has 700 x 42 against 700x35 of the Trek 7300 and 7.3, so I think is a good option. I almost convinces that the suspension fork is unnecessary for the city, So I will decide between 7.3 and Specialized globe, is the globe a light bike?, I know 7.3 is , that is important for me

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Don't buy the bike based on what tires come with the bike. Tires are a cheap thing that can be changed to meet your needs.
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