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    Anyone currently ride a fitness bicycle? If so, what do you think of it?

    Different manufacturers seem to have different names, but I think the universal term is "fitness" bike. I think this type of bike is right up my alley. Mountain bikes are a bit too heavy for me although I do feel secure on them. Road bikes aren't quite sturdy enough for me, even in the road, as the roads around where I live in Metro Detroit, Downriver to be exact, aren't as smooth as I'd like them to be for biking. I do like the ability to go fast though. I still plan to ride in the road and on the sidewalks, but with a fitness bike, I think I'd feel more safe and secure.

    Now, I want to know what others think of fitness bikes. I tried out a Giant FCR3 (actually a women's) today and liked it and I'm a guy. The shop did not have the men's version in stock. The shop I checked it out at sells it for $499. It seems just a bit overpriced though. Another store sells it for $480, but they closed at 7 PM today and I didn't get a chance to call and see if they had it in stock. I want to get a feel for other fitness bikes though and compare quality and prices.

    The fitness bikes that nearby stores carry are Trek's FX series, Gary Fisher's Fast City, GT's Legato, Specialized Sirrus, and I'm sure others. I haven't checked around all of the bike shops, but then again, there aren't too many that are within a short driving distance (say 15 min drive or less).

    Overall, my price range is about $300-$500. I've never really ridden seriously, so I'd need to purchase whatever else is needed--a helmet and whatever else.

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    I have a 7.2 FX and it's a pretty good bike. Definitely not the fastest thing around but it does move well. The ride is smooth.

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    Doesn't look like too many people ride fitness bikes or just don't want to talk about them? Would this thread perhaps be best somewhere else? I don't know where else I could put it. Perhaps in road cycling?

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    Likely because it is a forum dedicated to enthusiasts whom already have pretty specific interests is my guess. You might get more of a response in the Road Cycling subforum.

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    I just bought the GF a Giant FCR1, and she LOVES it. its the same frame/fork as the OCR series, just w/ flat bars...

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    Just bought the Trek 7.3FX and I like it. Did a lot of research for few weeks before buying it. I bought it specifically for excercising. I am new to biking so I did not want to go right into a road bike and I thought that this bike was the next best thing for my needs. A hybrid bike was a bit too upright and casual for what I wanted, plus I did not like the suspensions on most.
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    Good to hear some positive comments. Perhaps the road bikes I tried weren't quite my size, but I found road bikes to be uncomfortable with how they are rode.

    Where do you ride out there in Kalamazoo? That's a little ways from me down here.

    I am basically looking to use it for exercise. One shop has the 2007 Trek FX 7.2 for $399. Not too bad. How much did you pay for your 7.2 FX?

    I too am not high on the hybrids I tried out, which was why I thought my best option was a mountain, considering the factors of price and stability compared to a road bike.

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    i second dveary's post. i got my 7.3 a few months ago and am very happy. my only complaint is that i've had some wrist pain, probably due to the rigidity of the aluminum frame/fork. i'm actually thinking of putting on a shock. the handlebars were too wide, so i cut a few inches off, which makes it easier to maneuver through tight places and gives me a slightly more upright position. i'm 6'7", so the 25" frame was perfect for me. couldn't find a comparable bike in that size.

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    The problem with a mountain bike is that the tires were too wide and slow. I felt like the bike was working against me. Keep in mind that I am riding on paved paths only for excersie. I needed something faster, but wasnt ready for a road bike yet. The 7.2 FX's that I lookes at were $399 as well. I decided on the 7.3fx for $100 more beause of some nicer components.(rear derailleur, rims, tires,)
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    Quote Originally Posted by DTownDave22 View Post
    Where do you ride out there in Kalamazoo? That's a little ways from me down here.
    We ride a lot on the road, and on the Kal-Haven trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil2 View Post
    i've had some wrist pain, probably due to the rigidity of the aluminum frame/fork.
    You need more hand positions (drop bars).

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    I have an FCR3. I bought it new about a year ago for $500.00. I use it mainly for commuting to work. I have about 2000 miles on it.

    I'm happy with the bike. On my commute I ride over some rough grass fields, on paved trails in a state park, on some residential streets, and briefly on a 50 mph country road. Some of the park trails are serious hills, so I appreciate the gearing. I feel it is the best choice for my needs. It is definitely faster than my son's Trek mountain bike, which I ride sometimes.

    I think Consumer Reports rated the FCR3 as a best buy last year, for whatever that is worth.

    I have added bar ends, a rear rack, cycle computer, trunk bag, bar end mirror and a Brooks saddle. It's a genuine Fred-mobile.
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    My husband and I bought Trek FX bikes last April. His is a 7.3 and mine a 7.5 (had to go up to get the small size WSD). Quite happy with them overall. We're very used to road bikes, and these seem ponderously slow to us by comparison! If you're hoping to do rides with friends on road bikes, the Trek FX probably won't cut it. We got them for around town, and for a tour which will involve dirt and rock paths in addition to roads... haven't gone yet, so don't know how happy we'll be at the end of 3 weeks. Fitting the WSD with a rack was a nightmare until I discovered Old Man Mountain Racks, which are great for this type of bike. I also suggested this bike to my sister who is new to riding, and she loves her FX7.2. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil2 View Post
    i second dveary's post. i got my 7.3 a few months ago and am very happy. my only complaint is that i've had some wrist pain, probably due to the rigidity of the aluminum frame/fork. i'm actually thinking of putting on a shock. the handlebars were too wide, so i cut a few inches off, which makes it easier to maneuver through tight places and gives me a slightly more upright position. i'm 6'7", so the 25" frame was perfect for me. couldn't find a comparable bike in that size.
    You should add bar ends to your bike to give you a range of hand positions. This will help to prevent the wrist pain you are suffering. If you still have problems, gloves can also help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhifoe View Post
    You should add bar ends to your bike to give you a range of hand positions. This will help to prevent the wrist pain you are suffering. If you still have problems, gloves can also help.
    i have bar ends. they help a little, but not much. i think the rigidity of the fork and some incipient carpal tunnel syndrome from the keyboard at work are contributing factors. i think i'm going to replace my current ends with rubber coated ones that are probably more comfy than mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DTownDave22 View Post
    Doesn't look like too many people ride fitness bikes or just don't want to talk about them? Would this thread perhaps be best somewhere else? I don't know where else I could put it. Perhaps in road cycling?
    The road forum is a rather Elitist bunch. They tend to look down at the more pedestrian forms of cycling. Try the recreational or commuting forum. Most of the riders there will give very practical and unbiased information. Good luck

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    I purchased a 2006 Trek 7.3 FX for commuting, touring, and errand type rides. It is well suited for this type of riding. I looked at a Sirrus which seemed more responsive, but did not seem as durable. I looked at the FCR series, but no frame mounts for a rack swayed me away.

    All are good bikes. Lately, I have prefered the riser bars with bar ends to drop bars. My hands get numb on all types of bars, but ergo grips with bar ends in the middle of the bar helps me the most. Look up bikepacker67's Antler Bar thread for some good ideas.
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    My boyfriend has had a Trek 7500 FX for about 5 years. All of his commuting, loaded touring and leisure rides have been on that bike. He likes it.

    It will be slower than a road bike. It will also be less responsive (though many folks think it's a good thing - what's responsive to one is twitchy to another). It can also be had for significantly less $$ than a road bike. Overall, I think a fitness bike would be a good fit for you, since you don't seem to want to ride great distances fast. If you are planning to join a club and do fast club rides with them, that's a different story: you'll want a roadie.
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    I love my 7.2 FX. I've posted about it in lots of places on these forums, but it's all here. There's a lot about the WSD, which is irrelevant to you, but that's my opinion on the bike.

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    hey flatfender/

    Quote Originally Posted by FlatFender View Post
    I just bought the GF a Giant FCR1, and she LOVES it. its the same frame/fork as the OCR series, just w/ flat bars...
    Do you know if the FCR1 and the FCR1w (for women) are the same basic components? I'm interested in an FCR1 W but afraid they might cut corners for the girls???!!)*()&^*&%$^$^
    thanks for any thoughts.

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    I'd rather have a bike with drop bars. (Currently have a 7.3fx)

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    Ditto on the drop bars. I used to ride an MTB back and forth to campus, in my college days. It was a perfect setup: no money for a second bike, some off road jaunts, and as a commuter, that thing could move groceries and more. But after a few years off the bike, and then getting back on, I found that I really don't like flat bars. Hurts my wrists. But drops, I have like 4 positions that I can just keep wandering around on. And I like the more narrow "feel" of drops; on the MTB, I have a distinct feeling of driving a tractor (huge knobbies aren't helping there either).

    If anything, try riding one. The fitness bike that is. Buy the bike you like, and will ride. Just try out several before buying.
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    My 7200fx is just right for what I need....and was very easy to get used to, not having ridden in over 20 years. I bought a 2005 model in March of 2006 so it was on sale.

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    I recently got a Trek 7.2 FX for a daily commute to class and some exercise on bike paths. I like it for doing those things. However, I want to do some longer rides with the university bike club and it just doesn't cut it for those since it is a flat bar. I don't really regret buying it though since none of the LBS's in my town sell road bikes with drops for under $600, plus a bike with drops wouldn't work as well for my commute. I did add bar ends and I lowered the handlebar height, that helps a little. I'll just have to wait until I get out of college and get a job before I can afford a real road bike.

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