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    Please suggest performance hybrid

    I currently own a '08 Trek 7100 (my first bike). I wasn't sure I would use it but I didn't want a walmart bike so I got a cheap one. Needless to say I've made good use of it. Last Saturday I rode about 25 miles. I'm expecting to start riding more 20 something mile rides. I'm planning on doing 36 in the ridewell tour in a few weeks. (a fundraiser)

    Seeing as how I'm rarely on anything besides pavement I figured I should look into getting a more performance oriented hybrid. I like the 7.3fx. I rode one last week but the seat seemed really hard to me.

    Several of my friends have suggested getting a road bike. Honestly I'm still interested in some measure of comfort. It's very possible that I'll want something else in another year. I'm just not ready yet. When I ride with my friends we ride at a leisurely pace side by side (not drafting).

    Any alternatives I should consider to the 7.3fx? Is it worth it for the extra money for the 7.5? Thanks!

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    I would look less hybrid and more touring
    1988 Miele Azsora

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    Many road bikes are available with a comfort frame geometry - allowing a more upright riding position. You need an experienced bike shop owner who understands all the factors of bike fit. Saddle preference is highly subjective, but the usual progression is toward a firmer saddle as you become more experienced. You can experiment with some of the available ergonomic saddles or a classic leather saddle that molds to your body shape, but there's no cut and dried answer.

    Comfort is also a function of usage. What's comfortable for a criterium racer won't be comfortable for the weekend warrior riding 25-50 miles.
    Iím not familiar precisely with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said whatever it was.

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