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Old 04-03-08, 03:08 PM   #1
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Best Fitness Bike for under $600

Looking for a fitness bike since I am wearing down the lower back from running. I'll be alternating running and biking. I probably won't bike for more than an hour, except on rare occasion. I'm about 200 pounds and 5' 10". Looking to spend $600 or less, if possible. Any help on models and where to shop (online or otherwise) would be most appreciated. I live in Kensington, MD 20895.
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Old 04-03-08, 04:29 PM   #2
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There's no "one size fits all" for fitness. The best one for fitness for any individual is the one which gets that person out riding.
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Old 04-04-08, 06:00 AM   #3
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As Condorita said, no one will be able to tell you which bike is best for you. Your budget seems to be realistic so there are a few different road bikes and performance hybrids available in that price range. I sugest you go to your local bike shop (or shops if there are several) and speak with them about your budget and the type of riding you hope to do. More important than buying a bike you will be happy with is finding a shop that can help you on your path to cycling nirvana.

Good luck and happy pedaling!

*Don't forget to allow extra $$$ for a helmet, a bike pump, gloves, and maybe even some luxery items like cycling shorts, clipless pedals, or a handleber bell.
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Old 04-04-08, 06:18 AM   #4
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I have a TREK 7.2 FX fitness bike. I would recommend it. It lists at $459.
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Old 04-04-08, 05:19 PM   #5
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My suggestion is find a Local Bike Shop (LBS), explain your needs and budget, then test ride everything they suggest. Get the one that feels best.

Helmet and gloves should figure into your budget, flat repair goodies are also very nice to have. specialty bike attire can ad to the experience, but for shorter rides you don't REALLY need it.

Warning- you may get hooked. i started out for the same reasons, give the joints a break from the impact of running. discovered duathlons, now I do both and buy more toys to support both sports. YMMV
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