Hello, I've been wanting to get a bike for a while now but don't know what's out there. I haven't ridden a bike since I was like 12 years old.
I'm looking for a basic bike, something I can use to commute around the city, get groceries, etc. Nothing too fancy but comfortable, and light because I would need to carry it up stairs to my apartment. The Trek Hybrid 7100 seems like a good bike and is in my price range, but I'm not sure if it's any good or is more than what I would need?
Also I would need a lock, I would like to be able to leave it for an hour or two without having to worry every second. What is the best available?
It seems to hit all the bases for an urban utlity bike at the right quality level. Personally I dont see the need for suspension but its hard to avoid on any bike these days. Check out the weight of the 7000 (without suspension).
Budget for helmet, fenders, lights and lock. I always ride with gloves to protect my hands from injury. A luggage rack and panniers will increase your loadcarrying capacity hugely and make weekly shops a breeze.
A U-lock or thick cable lock is suitable, and ALWAYS lock it to something fixed.
I am a big fan of the VanDessel Straight Up series bicycles. Available at www.vandesselsports.com. They are very comfortable, practical and designed to be simple and low maintenance. Pretty lightweight too.
They look a heck of a lot cooler than a comfort/hybrid bike, and are made for regular use in a city enviroment. Honestly, the comfort/hybrids do not withstand regular riding all that well. Even the ones you buy from the bike shop.
For locks, I use an OnGuard U-lock wrapped with an old innertube to save the paint.
The Trek 7000 series models that do NOT have suspension are ideal "all-around" bikes. Suspension is not essential for typical riding on paved roads. Depending on your choice of tires, those bikes can be used for recreation, fitness, commuting, light touring, or even riding on reasonably smooth dirt trails.
Leave something in your budget for a helmet, and front and rear strobe lights. The OnGuard U-locks are excellent. You should also consider replacing the front wheel quick release with a bolted skewer, and using a substantial cable lock to secure both the front wheel and frame. When and where you lock your bike is equally important. Overnight on a public street in a big city or on college campus is not a good idea with any bike worth more than its locks.
There's alot to be said for working with a LBS you like and have a good relationship with. Though if you have choices you can buy a bike one place and end up somewhere else later on.
There are also nice city bikes offered by Giant, Specialized, Bianchi, Fuji, Raleigh, Jamis...well, just about everyone. Every shop will have a bike or two in your category. Find a shop, ride a few, see what you like. Good Luck!
Cannondale super V 500, Bianchi Piaggio(hopefully getting a new road bike when I get some money)
Originally Posted by cantthinkofname
Thanks for the quick responses, that's been so helpful. I've looked around at the mentioned bikes, I think I've got my heart set on the Hybrid 7000, at least until I get to a shop and give it a go.
I have another quick question, how do you judge the size (15, 17.5, 20, 22.5)? I'm about 5'9 and 130 lbs roughly.
When I go to a bike shop I generally just have my inseam measurement handy and I go from there. If you ask the bike shop should be able to fit you to a bike. They will find the correct seat height, swap out stems and try bikes with different geometry.