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Old 06-23-11, 09:31 PM   #1
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Choosing a bike...

I have a mountain bike that's functional but I'm hoping to get a bike that's more 'my style'.
I really like the look of cruisers but whatever I get I want it to be durable. I don't do mountain biking, but I do ride in a city with some pot holes, and I'd like to have the option of biking on semi-rough paths. I occasionally ride off curbs as well.
I like handle-brakes, the upright handlebar, and panniers--and maybe a basket would be nice. Also, white-wall tires are nice but could be customized, I suppose.

Oh yeah-I'm 6'2" and weigh about 175 lbs. I don't know how that translates to what size bike I'll need, and I'm not sure how big my current bike is. The tires are 26".

Having said all that, here's what I've been looking at:

http://www.huffy.com/products/Product.aspx?pid=412|4|8

I've seen a lot of good reviews on this bike, and I really like the beachy look of it. I also do like the 7-speeds. I don't think it has handle-brakes, but maybe I could customize them?

http://www.schwinnbikes.com/bikes/cr...10229#/reviews

Also, very nice. I like the faded colors on these bikes. Makes 'em look worn.

I don't necessarily have my heart set on a cruiser. I've been looking at some hybrids too. A few more interesting options are the Breezer Citizen, Breezer Uptown Infinity, EX, 8, or 7-speed:

http://www.thebicycleescape.com/hybrids.html

http://www.breezerbikes.com/index.ph...ing-bikes.html

...The 8-speed is pretty tempting...

So I have a pretty good idea of what I want. I just hope that I can get a bike that's as equally practical as stylish.
If you have any suggestions or opinions on the bikes in the links (or similar bikes--especially older looking ones) I'd be glad to hear them.

One more thing...It may be a few months-perhaps longer-before I'm able to invest in a bike, so prices may change, etc.

I apologize if I have been too lengthy with this post, but I want to be thorough. Buying a new bike is kind of a big deal for me.

Thanks ahead for any suggestions or advice!

-Seth
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Old 06-23-11, 11:08 PM   #2
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Depends on your budget and your primary goals. Cruising? Fitness? Commuting? Racing? Hipster stuff?

For all of the above, I'd recommend a Surly Cross Check
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A. I second **********'s suggestion

B. You have listed some pretty good bikes there, and some not-so-good ones. First off, the Huffy you linked to does not have 7 speeds, it looks like a simple coaster brake: you brake by pressing backwards on the pedals (backpedalling). If this is your style, go for it, as long as you don't have to go down a lot of hills (heat buildup due to friction). Also, as a general rule, Huffys and other big-box store bikes don't come in different sizes, and if you're 6'2" you're going to need a very large frame.
The Schwinn is somewhat nicer, and coming with fenders and a rear rack is a plus in my book, since those can cost $50 or more bought separately. Unfortunately, it looks like it only comes in small/medium sizes (real men don't ride Schwinns??), so it won't fit you.
Even if you don't have the money now, I'd recommend going to some bike shops in the interim and trying out different styles, you'll get a better feel for what sizes and components you need. Most bike shops carry several different brands, and you'll be able to see a lot of bikes side-by-side.
If you like bikes with that older styling, look to see if anyone in your area sells Electra bikes, they might have something right up your alley.
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I've never been a fan of the Electras. As far as I know there's nothing wrong with them, and I'll admit some of them look nice, but I've never seen any of their bikes that I thought was a great value. Just my opinion.

I like some of the Breezers.
Jamis has some nice cruisers.

For potholes, bad roads, and general rough terrain I'd recommend something with a decent 26" (559mm) wheel set. I'll be very surprised if the Huffy comes with a quality wheel set. Most (but not all) hybrids come with 700c wheels, which can be built to take the abuse but frequently aren't. The wider the tire is the less likely this is to be an issue (assuming you're not doing anything really extreme).
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Hey everyone, thanks for all your advice and opinions.
I think I'm getting closer to finding 'that' bike. =)

I mostly ride around my city just for kicks, to run errands, and because it beats driving/ finding parking, but I don't want to exclude the option of biking on somewhat rugged paths/backroads.
In any case, extreme's not my game. I can't even pull a bunny-hop.

As for my budget, I'm hoping to stay in the $400-$700 range, but I'll spend more if it's necessary to get a stylish bike I'll get a lot of use from.
The Cross Check certainly describes the kind of bike I'm looking for. I'll keep it in mind.

I'm definitely not crazy about coaster brakes. I know not all those bikes in the links are quite what I'm looking for, but I was hoping someone might have an idea when looking at them what a good alternative would be.
Boo-Hoo. Why is it always so hard to find things for my size. (I swear, clothing manufacturers hate people with 33x33 measurements!)

I did check out a few bikes at a local bike shop, but the fella there told me that they didn't carry anything quite like what I was looking for. He said the hybrids wouldn't be good, even though what I read about them online suggested they could be used for city and slightly rough terrain.
They had one cruiser, but it was a single-speed with pedal brakes.

I took a look at some electra bikes online and they do have some pretty nice lookers.

I like the Super Deluxe Cruiser, but it's only got 3 speeds.

Some of the Ticino bikes are interesting, but I don't know that I'd ever need a 2o speed bike. (My current bike is 18-speed but I only ever use 8 of them.)

I really like the functionality of the The Royal Amsterdam. The style is something I could get used to, but as long as it could handle the sort of use I'd give it, it seems like a pretty good bike. Does anybody have experience with that bike, or any thoughts on it?
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I don't do mountain biking, but I do ride in a city with some pot holes, and I'd like to have the option of biking on semi-rough paths. I occasionally ride off curbs as well.
I like handle-brakes, the upright handlebar, and panniers--and maybe a basket would be nice. . . .
I ride an old mountain bike as a general commuter. No offroad stuff, 7000 miles of pavement in the last 2 years. I use a rear basket and regularly carry 30 lbs of groceries or a backpack (in the basket).

It is not as fast as my road bike commuter by about 2 or 3 mph, but it is plenty fast. I put a set of 26x1.75" slicks on it, clipless pedals to speed it up. I'm pretty happy with it. I take the road bike in good weather and wind, since it has aero bars, which are way faster in the wind. I'll keep 18 mph or so on the road bike in a headwind that will slow me to 13-14 mph on the mountain bike. I'm close to the same size as you, an inch shorter and a little heavier.
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I have, and have had a whole bunch of different cruisers. My favorite ones have been the Jamis Boss Cruisers. Easy and comfortable ride, aluminum frame - 7 speed. They have the coaster brake and grip shifters. They weigh in at around 30 pounds.
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Opinions on brand

Hey im trying to get a replacement bike for an old mountain bike but i want to go with a road bike because all i do is commuting. I dont want to break the bank with a bike so i looked into stuff on ebay etc. I found this one bike, a Toto Maven, that seems pretty good and would be what im looking for. The only question I have is what you all think of the brand/bike because I have never heard of it before. Just opinions on anything related to it would be helpful.
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Go here for a bullet proof Cruiser built your way delivered to your door ready to ride.

www.worksman.com

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Wow. I checked out worksman.com, that's pretty awesome.
I still like the look of cruisers better, but I really do like the fenders, skirt-guard (or-ahem-coat guard), internal gears, and overall functionality of the Amsterdam Royal 8i
I've been reading reviews on the it and it seems the people using them do the same kind of cycling I have in mind. (Not too rough, but enough to get me around....after all, doesn't Amsterdam have plenty of cobblestone roads?)
I realize it doesn't offer the best in the way of wind resistance (I biked against my first semi-strong headwind the other day) but I'll pay the price. (My legs-and heart-will get used to it.)
I'd still like to try it out first. In any case, everyone has been quite helpful and at least I have plenty of options, and know some of the bikes to steer clear of.
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Ones that my LBS has that I like the looks of are the Raleigh Roadster, Globe Live, and Globe Daily. The Raleigh needs better fenders and a rack, but it is the least expensive of the three.
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Man...you had to throw those in the mix, didn't you?
Those are three beautiful bikes. Now I'll have to do a little research on them.

The more I consider the Amsterdam, the more I like it. But if I can find a more affordable bike that's just as stylish I'll definitely consider it.

..Why does finding/choosing a bike have to be so difficult?
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..Why does finding/choosing a bike have to be so difficult?
Because there are so many choices. When your choices were men's or women's one speed, three speed, five speed, or 10 speed with no model choice the choices were much easier.
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And now we will observe a moment of silence for the days of simplicity...
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And now we will observe a moment of silence for the days of simplicity...
The search for perfection has become the enemy of getting anything done. People are paralyzed by the choices available and are adraid to make a selection because it my be the wrong one.

When I bought my last bike I knew basically what I wanted. Upright seating, gears, and the ability to add fenders and a rack if they were not standard on the bike. I looked in a couple of LBS, found one that fit at a price I was willing to pay and bought it. Is there a bike out there that might have been better for what I wanted? Probably. Am I happy with the bike I purchased? Definitely.

Alternatively, I could have spent several week to months pouring over bike specs and features before coming to a decision. And then be frustrated when I discovered a bike I hadn't considered that might be better than the one I bought.

As far as I'm concerned, Many people worry way to much about getting the exact perfect bike for themselves. If it's good quality, fits you, and you enjoy riding it, it's the right bike for you.
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