Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Southeastern MA
Bikes: 1990 Univega Alpina, 2009 Specialized Dolce Elite, 2009 Jamis Coda Sport, 2010 Jamis Aurora
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You don't need to spend $1000 if it doesn't fit your budget-especially if you aren't sure cycling will be your cup of tea. There are plenty of used bikes available on www.craigslist.org
, at yard sales, etc. After you have ridden a while, you will have a better idea what suits your needs-and what doesn't.
That said, I recently tried an '09 Trek FX 7.3 and found it to be a decent ride overall. The one I rode seemed to be a bit noisy when shifting gears. (It may have needed an adjustment; YMMV.) The Cypress is another popular model, but don't choose based on price alone. In the end, the best bike for you is the one that fits well and gives you the level of enjoyment that makes you go out and ride.