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    Looking at new bikes

    Im a casual-occasional cyclist(biker refers to motorcycles i guess)

    For pretty much the my entire school years I've always had a bike but never really used it, So im looking at what bikes i think i would like. Usually i buy cheap mountain bikes from the local bike shop(like $150-$200) and Im using a seven year old mtn bike atm but i dont think it will last more than 3 months without serious repairs.. Anyways i was thinking about getting back into biking to get into shape and its faster than walking(if i wanna go places). Anyways I got interested in Hybrid type bikes and the "Trek 7.3 FX" caught my eye... anyways i wanted to know what kind of bike would work for me...

    Id use it to commute(3-8 miles one-way possibly 5 days a week) and also to exercise and go visit friends across town(10ish miles one way).. the problem is my town has a lot of big hills and no bike lanes(some trails but not to get anywhere more for scenery)...

    the bike would mainly be used on some kind of paved road(and rarely/occasionally hard packed dirt, grass or gravel)

    the thing is i haven't found any reviews from anyone thats around my age(im 19) and every bike i look at either doesn't have much info or theres 15posts from people in their 60s which just says how comfy they are(no offense to anyone lol)... What are some good ideas for a bike? i dont have a huge spending limit just trying to find my next bike when my current one fails...

    Thanks for your replies(and sorry for rambling lol)

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    19 so street cred may come into this.

    The FX is not a bike I have ridden but if you are on asphalt or smooth trails then you do not need suspension. Seat post or forks as both of these will take energy from the effort you have put into pedalling so the FX is good for your use. Gearing should be OK for the use you give it-

    And don't knock the 60 year olds till you have ridden with them. We are not all slow plodders doing ourdaily shopping on a comfort bike. As you find out if you want a 100miler this weekend- or a tough offroad 50 miler the following weekend.

    Several other bikes to look at aswell and one I can recomend is the Giant Rapid

    http://www2.giant-bicycles.com/en-US....3/3875/36257/

    Several of my old mates commute on these- one of which is also doing the 100miler tomorrow. Just a pity we can't get the 25 year old to join us- but "Apparantly"- we are too fit for him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Athlar View Post
    Id use it to commute(3-8 miles one-way possibly 5 days a week) and also to exercise and go visit friends across town(10ish miles one way).. the problem is my town has a lot of big hills and no bike lanes(some trails but not to get anywhere more for scenery)...

    the bike would mainly be used on some kind of paved road(and rarely/occasionally hard packed dirt, grass or gravel)...
    Seems to me you might want to ask the folks in the Commuting forum for suggestions.
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    Hey,

    While Commuting is one of the things i want to be able to do on the bike i don't want it to be its sole priority, which is why i posted in general(so i could get everyones opinion on what type of bike works.)

    If any needs some sort of guide on bikes to look at my budget is under $1000(ish) and thats why i've been leaning towards a hybrid/urban bike for my next one...

    I saw the Cannondale "badboy", Treks "Valencia" also caught my eye cause it seemed more durable...

    the site listed "puncture deflecting Bontrager Hard-Case tires, disc brakes, and curb-proof double wall rims" as description....

    Anyways just wanted to see how these bikes looked to everyone

    And Stapfam i looked at the Giant and it looks awesome ill make sure i take a look at one when i take a tour of my local bike shops!

    Thanks for the posts! i appreciate any and all advice that you guys have(as i know nothing about bikes except how to ride them lol)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athlar View Post
    Id use it to commute(3-8 miles one-way possibly 5 days a week) and also to exercise and go visit friends across town(10ish miles one way).. the problem is my town has a lot of big hills and no bike lanes(some trails but not to get anywhere more for scenery)...

    the bike would mainly be used on some kind of paved road(and rarely/occasionally hard packed dirt, grass or gravel)
    I'll toss in a vote for skipping the hybrid and going for a cyclocross bike.

    8-mile trips are certainly not impossible on any bike, but I think it's nicer to have drop bars for more hand positions and the option to duck out of the wind. I also don't like sitting too far upright for too long.

    Unlike a race-ready road bike, though, a 'cross bike has room for fatter tires and often has shorter gearing overall. The tires help a lot for dirt & gravel even if they're not huge knobbies like on a mountain bike, and the shorter gear ratios make climbing easier.

    There are race-bred cyclocross bikes, but there are plenty of other models that are marketed towards commuters and include fender & rack mounts and, sometimes, disc brakes.

    There are a lot of them out there -- nearly every manufacturer builds some. Here's a few examples so you get an idea of what I'm talking about:
    http://www.konaworld.com/bike.cfm?content=jake
    http://www.bianchiusa.com/10-bicycle.../10-volpe.html
    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...enuItemId=9263
    http://surlybikes.com/bikes/cross_check_complete/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athlar View Post
    I saw the Cannondale "badboy", Treks "Valencia" also caught my eye cause it seemed more durable...
    The Bad Boy is a tank, too. I had one for a couple years.

    While you're at Trek's site, take a look at their Portland:
    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...land/portland/

    Or Cannondale's Cyclocross 6:
    http://www3.cannondale.com/bikes/10/...R6C_0XR6T.html

    Cannondale used to sell a cross bike with disc brakes, but it's been dropped from their lineup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
    I'll toss in a vote for skipping the hybrid and going for a cyclocross bike.

    8-mile trips are certainly not impossible on any bike, but I think it's nicer to have drop bars for more hand positions and the option to duck out of the wind. I also don't like sitting too far upright for too long.

    Unlike a race-ready road bike, though, a 'cross bike has room for fatter tires and often has shorter gearing overall. The tires help a lot for dirt & gravel even if they're not huge knobbies like on a mountain bike, and the shorter gear ratios make climbing easier.

    There are race-bred cyclocross bikes, but there are plenty of other models that are marketed towards commuters and include fender & rack mounts and, sometimes, disc brakes.

    There are a lot of them out there -- nearly every manufacturer builds some. Here's a few examples so you get an idea of what I'm talking about:
    http://www.konaworld.com/bike.cfm?content=jake
    http://www.bianchiusa.com/10-bicycle.../10-volpe.html
    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...enuItemId=9263
    http://surlybikes.com/bikes/cross_check_complete/
    I've ridden my upright, low-end hybrid 60 km in a day before. Bar ends can create more hand positions. I have grown to adore my hybrid bike, but different strokes for different folks I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luddite View Post
    I've ridden my upright, low-end hybrid 60 km in a day before. Bar ends can create more hand positions. I have grown to adore my hybrid bike, but different strokes for different folks I guess.
    This says it all- The bike has got to suit you and there is nothing wrong with hybrids/ comfort/fitness bikes in any way. But as you are just "Looking" at present- think about a real road bike. Most "New" riders that are always on asphalt- graduate to a road bike eventually. They are still fine if hard pack trails are involved- but rough trails may make you think about a cyclocross.

    The choice of bikes is so vast- try as many types as you can. But more than that- Find the right LBS (local Bike Shop). May take a while to find the one that suits you, and you will know it when you find it. Problem is- you probably won't find it straight away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luddite View Post
    I've ridden my upright, low-end hybrid 60 km in a day before.
    I used to ride my Bad Boy that far, too. I quit riding it over such distances after I got a CAAD8 road bike, though.

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