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    Buying a new bike, please help! =)

    Hello, I'm new to bikeforums, and a new bikeowner-to-be. Please help! =)
    I'm looking to purchase a hybrid, safe to hit a bit harder terrain and of course on those local WestLA city streets too. Here are a few I personally test-rode and liked. Please give me your opinion, I value your thoughts. One main concern I do have is that I want a lighter bike with street tires (thinner) but am I able to change to a thicker tread on these bikes? I really don't like the weight of mtn bikes. I'm a lightweight to begin with, would love the swifter ride with comfort.

    1.Trek 7500 Hybrid
    http://www2.trekbikes.com/Bikes/Cit.../7500/index.php

    2. Cannondale Adventure 800
    http://cannondale.com/bikes/05/cusa/model-5AS8.html

    3. Giant Cypress SX
    http://www.giantbicycles.com/us/030...asp?model=11053

    Any other models in equivalent to these? and for those super nice people out there.. any place that you recommend I can great deals/service to purchase my bike? I visited Supergo, Helen's Cycles in Santa Monica, pretty cool there.. any reputable online retailers?

    Thanks for helping...

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    The trek has pretty narrow chainstays...bigger tires wouldn't be an option. The cannondale has larger tires to begin with, ,I don't know much about this bike though...the Giant cypress, I actually ran into a guy today at walmart with one of these and he seemed to dig it. If you plan on hitting some dirt I would opt for the cannondale or giant...those trek hybrids look like a friggin' flatbar roadbike to me
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    you my find this thread helpful... http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/index.php/t-71569
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    Hey there.

    thanks for the thread.. i know i'm not hitting any tough terrain, but just wanted some extra traction if i hit a dirt-type road vs the city road. hmmm...anything you can recommend to me while i'm making this purchase? what should i look for , etc?

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    I've said it many times before, and I'll say it again. Jamis makes some very nice, reasonably-priced bikes that are worth checking out. Jamisbikes.com

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    considering that factor, you could potentially run a cyclocross 25C tire or something of that sort on the trek. If the bikeshops things you could run a cyclocross tire then the trek might be a good choice...I've seen em at the bike shop and think they look great and I've heard good things. The other 2 shouldn't have an issue with even mountain bike 1.75" tires...
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