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Old 11-21-13, 01:13 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,
Thanks in advance for your opinions and help. I am brand new to riding... just learned for the 1st time at 25 and am looking to buy a bike to start using. Really just something to learn on and have fun riding for a year or so nothing too serious or scary for a newbie.

I have been to a couple shops to get opinions and it looks like they are split pretty drastically form what I can tell. One is suggesting a Cruiser type bike: Electra Townie or Felt Cafe lines. Another is pushing me toward a Trek 7.3 FX WSD or Neko SL WSD.

Any opinions would be greatly appreciated as it seems a huge disparity in types to me and is a little overwhelming.

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Old 11-21-13, 01:23 PM   #2
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First establish a budget and then ride as many different bikes within that budget, which should narrow it down the choices some.
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Old 11-21-13, 01:46 PM   #3
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Trying out as many bikes as possible is good advice. Look for the bike you fall in love with. One other thing I would say is that many bike paths are packed dirt. In this case a bike that will take wider tires, say 32 or 35 mm, will be more versatile than a bike with skinnier, say 23 or 25 mm tires. Good luck and let us know how it goes.

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Old 11-21-13, 01:47 PM   #4
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Rather than worry about budget, personally I would decide on the type first and go from there. If you're not looking at getting a road bike -- which given your goals, I'm not so sure I would at this point -- then price isn't going to be that much of a sticking point. Personally, I think someone in your situation is well served by a hybrid and not a cruiser. A hybrid can serve most any need, as long as you're not looking to do long mileage and hills. And you can easily get one for under $500.
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Old 11-21-13, 01:55 PM   #5
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The only opinion that matters is yours. What kind of bike do you want? Which one do you enjoy riding the most?

Remember, you can always add bikes later if you want. I started with a single speed cruiser because I thought I would only ride short distances every once in a while. I added a road bike and a hybrid later on once I realized how much I liked biking, and the kinds of biking I enjoy.
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Old 11-21-13, 09:10 PM   #6
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Cruisers, as far as I know, are generally single speeds. If so, you may regret not having gears if you decide to do longer hillier rides than you might start off with. A hybrid is a decent all-around suggestion.
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Old 11-21-13, 09:27 PM   #7
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It is hard to beat the FX. I find cruisers to be tanks and not especially fun to ride. But plenty of people seem to like them.
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Old 11-22-13, 01:52 PM   #8
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Cruisers, as far as I know, are generally single speeds. If so, you may regret not having gears if you decide to do longer hillier rides than you might start off with. A hybrid is a decent all-around suggestion.
There are multiple speed cruisers out there. Electra makes their Cruiser model in 1 and 3 speed varieties, I believe.

I have no hills, but I started wanting multiple speeds because I a) wanted to go faster and b) wanted to start easier to be gentler to my knees.
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Old 11-22-13, 08:11 PM   #9
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The Trek is a fine bike. Get it and be done with it.

In six months you'll want a new bike anyway.
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