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    Need help with new bike decision

    Hi. I am new to this forum, and pretty much new to bikes in general. I have decided to take up riding for the exercise. I'm 40 years old and riding a 17 year old Diamond Back mountain bike. No shocks, no frills, and very uncomfortable. I have decided that I need a more comfortable bike where I don't have to lean over the whole time (my back can't take it). I stumbled across what is to me a new bike category, Comfort bikes. More upright and comfortable than a mountain bike. I know nothing about specs of a bike nor do I need anything fancy. I will mainly be riding on paved paths and mild dirt trails, no jumping or aggressive riding. In my very limited research and after a trip to my local bike shop, I have come up with 2 possible choices and am looking for feedback. Keep in mind I set out with a budget of about $400 and will mainly be recreational riding for exercise (7-10 mile rides).

    choice 1 - Specialized Expedition Sport:

    Specialized Bicycle Components

    choice 2 - Motobecane Jubilee Deluxe:

    Save up to 60% off new Motobecane Jubilee Deluxe Comfort Bikes from bikesdirect.com

    The Motobecane is $399 out the door shipped and the Specialized is $479 at LBS ($515 or so after tax)

    I'm looking for help to compare the bike specs and your knowledge of the brands to make my selection. Are they fairly similar or does one really stand out? Is the Specialized worth the extra $115 for what my usage would be? I was able to sit on and test out the Specialized, it felt really nice. I'm a big guy, 6'4", and they have an XL frame that fit well.

    Thanks for your help!!!

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    The Motobecane has slightly better components, the Specialized will be assembled and (hopefully) set up to fit you by the dealer. Also, in the unlikely event that you have a warranty issue, you'll have a dealer working for you with the Specialized with the Motobecane you'll be on your own.

    I'd say the two are pretty comparable. You'll have to pay a little more for the Specialized but you're also getting a little added service. If you are comfortable with doing the assembly and set up yourself, I'd say get the one that you think looks the best.
    My greatest fear is all of my kids standing around my coffin and talking about "how sensible" dad was.

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    seems like a double post ,, from the company computer at work are we?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    seems like a double post ,, from the company computer at work are we?
    I posted in 2 areas to try to get as much feedback as I could..apologies if I broke some forum protocol

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    repeat ing answer , Pick the Dealer you Buy from First .

    as most -all brands are made in Taiwan by a handful of contract manufacturers .

    and there really is little difference if the price and component pick cost is the same.

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    I have an older MTB no suspension, cromoly double butted frame. This winter I put on a set of trekking bars, a quill to non-threaded adapter and an extension to raise it all up. A new set of touring tires and this is the most comfortable bike I've ever ridden. Keep in mind I've never ridden a carbon bike.
    bottom line, I'm wondering if with a few modification, your hard tail MTB might be wonderful? I also own an aluminum hybrid that I rode last year that rides like a buckboard in comparison.

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