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    Help on finding the right bike

    I am a beginner and am looking for a bike to suit my needs. I plan on riding down county roads mostly but could ride offroad at times. Im in Alabama and even the paved roads are like off roading. Can anyone suggest a bike and model? Thanks for your help.

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    Best bet would be to go to a well-stocked bike shop and try out a few different models/types. From your description you probably would want to look into a hybrid. Hybrids are relative newcomers to the bicycling world - being a cross between a road (racing) bike and the mountain-bike. These are suited to riding on streets as well as dirt paths and trails. But not total off-roading over streams and cliffs...They are faster then mountain-bikes, but not as fast as most road bikes.

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    There are plenty of goods roads to ride on in Alabama. You must not of been out of the state much. You could purchase a hardtail MTB and use on and off road, but if you are going to spend most of your time on county roads I would go with a road bike. I'll let the next poster recomend a model, but all bike shops will have low end models that are affordable.

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    Whereabouts in AL? Any good bike shops near you? What's your budget? What type of riding? Recreational, fitness, speed, casual rideing, etc.? What type of off road riding? Like mtn bike trails or hard packed dirt and grass?
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    Thanks for the all the help. I think the hybrid sounds like the one for me if i can find one. I would be riding on dirt roads, county roads and a some on trails but def. not any cliffs, etc. Can you suggest any bikes. What should I be looking to pay for a used bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AAVERY View Post
    Thanks for the all the help. I think the hybrid sounds like the one for me if i can find one. I would be riding on dirt roads, county roads and a some on trails but def. not any cliffs, etc. Can you suggest any bikes. What should I be looking to pay for a used bike?
    That is all going to hinge on how old it is, what brand and what 'level' of bike it is. You can find decent steals at garage sales on great starter bikes for probably $50 or so but you get what you pay for (usually).

    At dealers, it can run the gamut.

    I have looked at numerous bikes myself and ridden many. When I asked the same questions you have, I was told (and it was perfect advice) to just go look, shop, and ride. Decide how much you can/want to spend and go from there.

    IF you are buying new, you can expect to spend from $200 to the sky is the limit. Most decent hybrids run in the $350 and up range but there are bargains to be found.

    Find the bike that fits in the color you like with the features you like. You will ride a bike you LIKE much more often than one you do not (other great advice from the nice people here on Bike Forums).

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    Quote Originally Posted by AAVERY View Post
    Thanks for the all the help. I think the hybrid sounds like the one for me if i can find one. I would be riding on dirt roads, county roads and a some on trails but def. not any cliffs, etc. Can you suggest any bikes. What should I be looking to pay for a used bike?
    What is your price cap? My all purpose bike is my Trek 7200. It is great on the road as well as gravel roads. I have well over 800 miles on the bike with absolutely no problems.

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    There's a thread in commuting on a similar subject
    Cyclocross for commuting


    Also, here's a selection of bikes I feel are best suited to being multi use:

    drop bar, discbrake, 700c, off the peg

    trek portland - http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...land/portland/

    cannondale cross xr7 - http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/08/c...del-8XR7C.html

    Brodie Ronin '08 - http://www.brodiebikes.com/2008/2008_bikes/ronin.php
    Brodie romax '07 - http://www.brodiebikes.com/2007/2007_bikes/romax.php
    brodie ronin '07 - http://www.brodiebikes.com/2007/2007_bikes/ronin.php

    lemond poprad disc - http://www.lemondbikes.com/bikes/cross/poprad_disc.php

    rocky mountain sherpa - http://www.bikes.com/bikes/2007/TOURING/sherpa-10.aspx

    kona sutra - http://www.konaworld.com/08_sutra_w.htm

    orbea diem drop disc - http://www.orbea.com/ingles/interior...ilia=6&gama=13

    focus cross disc - http://www.focusbikesuk.com/focuscyc...cross_disc.php

    devinci caribou2 - http://www.devinci.com/10479_an.html

    raleighusa sojourn - http://www.raleighusa.com/items.asp?deptid=5&itemid=427

    rei novara element - http://www.rei.com/product/744808

    co-motion mazama - http://www.co-motion.com/mazama.html

    rocky mountain Solo CXD - http://bikes.com/2008_preview/2008_preview.html

    rotwild rs1cx - http://www.rotwild.de/en/ (street bikes section)

    fixie inc. pureblood - http://www.cycles-for-heroes.com/200...pureblood.html

    maxx roadmaxx custom (you choose the color and parts at the LBS and the factory puts it together, i.e., not a custom frame) - http://www.maxx.de/frmain_bikes.htm (road - roadmaxx custom)

    Salsa la Cruz - http://www.salsacycles.com/laCruzComp08.html

    Opus Sentiero - http://opusbike.com/site_route.php?lang=en (see 2009 bikes > road > cyclocross)
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    Goofed up my first post.

    How about a cheaper option. The above bikes are awesome, bust most are between $1,000 and $2,000. For $300 you could get a decent-enough mountain bike from Trek/Gary Fisher, etc. Have the show swap out the tires for some 1.5" slicks for free. Then you'd be set for roads, fire roads, trails, commuting, etc. Everything except extreme mountain biking and super fast road rides. Plus, mountain bikes tend to be easier to handle than a drop bar road bike for a newbie, especially off road.

    I agree with buying from a good local shop that will back up their product.

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