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Old 08-02-07, 01:28 PM   #1
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Are Raleighs good bikes?

I'm brand new to this site so I hope you will excuse my obvious "noviceness." I have so many questions. What are your opinions on the Raleigh bikes. I'm looking at the Raleigh Passage 4.0, a hybrid. We have a wonderful little bike shop in our small town that sells these. I've had to opportunity to test ride them several times and felt like I was floating over the ground compared to my old bike. I felt like i could ride it forever and never stop.

I'm looking for something versatile in the $300 price range. I do alot of road riding, but I also ride some trails. I would like to be able to ride some real distance on this bike. I do ten miles at a time right now, but am ready to increase my mileage. I plan on doing 15 miles tomorrow morning. My friends do a 5 day 250 mile ride every summer. I'd like to be in shape to go with them next year. The trail for that ride is made of fine gravel.

I love speed, and I also need a bike that requires very little weigh on my hands. I have pain in one of my wrists from board breaking in karate class.

I like the taller, thinner wheels on that Raleigh hybrids over what Raleigh offers with their Comfort type bikes, but i don't really know what that means for the bike's performance. I don't plan on having more than one bike for myself, so I need one that can do many things.

So what do you think? Is a Raleigh Passage the bike for me or would you recomend something different? I know this is a long post, there's just so much I need to learn.

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Old 08-02-07, 02:11 PM   #2
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Tires wear out and can be replaced with various sizes. Don't pick a bike based solely on the width of the tire already on the bike.

My Raleigh hybrid is the best thing I ever bought.
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Old 08-02-07, 02:47 PM   #3
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... What are your opinions on the Raleigh bikes. ....
My opinion is that brand-names don't matter anymore, and you have to choose a bike that's got the features you want and basically ignore the brand-name on it. The only thing that's consistent nowadays is that the bikes that department-stores sell tend to be lower-priced, but also lower-quality than the bikes that bike shops sell.

When a department store requests bicycle models from a manufacturer, the department store chain states the price points they want and the manufacturer has to meet them, even if it means using cheaper components than what the same bicycle company would put on their cheapest bikes they sell in bike shops. The department-store bikes tend to cost less than the lowest-priced bikes (from that same manufacturer) that bike shops have--and this is the reason.
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It's out of your price range, but you could also consider recumbent bikes.
They have their drawbacks, but comfort and long-range cruising is where they excel.
The difference in comfort of a recumbent compared to an upright bike is simply enormous; you won't need padded shorts and there's no hand pressure or neck strain. It's easy to sit on one and pedal for 3-4-5 hours non-stop at a casual 10-12 mph.

The cheaper-priced ones start at around $600 (Sun EZ-1 and Cycle Genius Starling).
I have a Cycle Genius Falcon that works very well; going 50 miles is no big deal, and I'm not hardly in the best of shape.
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Old 08-02-07, 09:24 PM   #4
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In other words, yes, Raleigh is a good bike. If you like it and you are comfortable with the price buy it. As said above, the width of the tires don't matter, you can buy different ones. But in general, wider tires won't allow you to go as fast, but will have a lower psi so will be a bit more comfortable.
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Old 08-03-07, 05:43 AM   #5
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I love my Raleigh Passage 3.0 hybrid - changed my life - trails, road, commuting, utility for $300
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I've been riding my Raleigh Wyoming since I bought it new in 1985 and never had any major problems with it. I trust Raleigh.
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Been riding my Raliegh Tourister I purchased since I purchased it in 76... Great riding bike and no real problems with it...
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Old 08-03-07, 07:53 AM   #8
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Raleighs have varied considerably in quality over the decades depending on the model and year. I have four Raleighs: a 2003 Supercourse, which is my primary road bike, a 1969 Raleigh Twenty folder, a Raleigh Shopper built sometime in the 1970s (haven't bothered to check the date on the hub), and a heavy steel framed road bike from the late 70s. All of them work well for the uses I put them to.
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Thanks so much for your replies. I've almost learned just enough to make me dangerous (and a complete nusance to my husband--he really should be more used to me by now).
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YES. If you get a Raleigh you will not be disappointed.
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I love my Raleigh Passage 4.5. It is very light and comfortable. My longest ride was 67 miles. I've done 50+ miles several times with no problems.
I also looked at the Trek 7.2 fx's and similar models. The Treks and Raleighs are almost identical. I bought the Raleigh because the LBS is much closer.
It's a very smooth, comfortable, easy riding bike.
I also have a Trek 820 mtb that I ride on rough gravel - something the Raleigh isn't made to do.
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Just bought my son a 2007 Passage 4.5. Got it from the LBS for a fair price. Seems like good bang for the buck. From what I've been told, they're all about the same, as computers are. Each manufacturer picks which parts to compile for each model. Just a matter of deciding which components fill your bill at the best total price.
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I love my Raleigh Passage 4.5. It is very light and comfortable. My longest ride was 67 miles. I've done 50+ miles several times with no problems.
I also looked at the Trek 7.2 fx's and similar models. The Treks and Raleighs are almost identical. I bought the Raleigh because the LBS is much closer.
It's a very smooth, comfortable, easy riding bike.
I also have a Trek 820 mtb that I ride on rough gravel - something the Raleigh isn't made to do.
This is the bike I was going to suggest you look at based on what you have said you need the bike for. I've never ridden one, but have seen it on trails around here and it's a fast bike without going the pure road bike route.
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