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    Looking for an entry level hybrid

    I am trying to get into the hobby and get a decent first bike. I'm looking to spend about $500. I almost walked out of a store with a Trek 7.1 fx the other day, but figured I would do some research first. I started looking at Raleighs online and like the Misceo 1.0. I am short, which I have noticed a problem I'm only 5'5'' and I am a male; I sat on a 15" which seemed really comfortable, 17" seemed doable, but not super comfortable while standing upright on the bike. I'm also looking to use this bike for mostly commuting around St. Paul MN, where I will be getting an apartment in the next month or two. I also want to get some exercise and get into shape, but I look at that as more of a benefit. Well I guess I'm just looking for some advice. Thanks
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    Good choice,go back to that store and try to lower the price first,then get that Trek.
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    Check out the Marin Muirwoods and the KHS Urban-X.

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    Another bike to consider is a Sirrus...should be in your price range and a blast to ride.
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    +1 on the Sirrus. I have had mines for a month now. The only thing that irks me is the grips, they constantly twist on me and I have to adjust them throughout my ride.

    The Muirswood looks sexy, especially the 29er.

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    Thanks, those give me more options. I really like the looks of the KHS, but I know that isn't everything. I will have to look around for some good bike shops around the twin cities, try some of these out. For size bike, is there anything I should know? Is there some rules of thumb for picking out size? Or is it just what feels comfortable?


    Well I guess the next step is to just try some out, huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MauiWowwee View Post
    +1 on the Sirrus. I have had mines for a month now. The only thing that irks me is the grips, they constantly twist on me and I have to adjust them throughout my ride.

    The Muirswood looks sexy, especially the 29er.
    A set of Ergon Grips, GP-1, will fix that, and be more comfortable at the same time.

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    Pick your budget, pick the shop(s) you want to consider, test ride what's available within your budget, and then buy the one that feels and looks the best to you. Then ride it, a lot. It will serve you well to get you started. The differences between bikes within the same category and price range are probably more a matter of taste than subsistence.

    You'll either be satisfied and enjoy your quality bike for a long time, or the bug will bite and you will start collecting more bikes to serve specific needs/wants. I bought my $500 hybrid 6 months ago... and now have 3 bikes that I ride regularly
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyber_hawke View Post
    Another bike to consider is a Sirrus...should be in your price range and a blast to ride.
    Agreed! My sirrus is fast (not as fast as a full out road bike, but fast enough for me...) and handles like its on rails. I can hop on my Sirrus in just normal shorts and go for a 10 mile ride, and still be comfortable. I generally ride with bike shorts, but I CAN ride with normal shorts if I want and not get discomfort. The 700x28c tires that came on mine can go up to 100+PSI for speed and smooth roads, or be dropped down a bit for rougher roads and more comfort. Yes the grips twist a little, but you could use some hairspray on the insides of them and re-insntall, get Ergons, or Specialized has some lock on grips (just got them they seem to stay in place...) as well. Try as many bikes as you can, and pick the one that just plain feels right

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    I will give the Sirrus a chance for sure, sounds like a good bike.

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    Good choice,go back to that store and try to lower the price first,then get that Trek.
    So bike shops are negotiable like car dealerships? They won't get offended if I ask them to drop the price?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nal13 View Post
    I will give the Sirrus a chance for sure, sounds like a good bike.



    So bike shops are negotiable like car dealerships? They won't get offended if I ask them to drop the price?
    If you walk in with a lower price from another shop, you might get to bargain. I personally dont. The bike shop I deal with is AWESOME in taking care of me and my bike needs, I will pay them. However, I normally buy my bikes on sale, so that helps me. Just saturday I took a pump that I bought there 3 years ago, that was leaking out the pressure gauge and after the guy tried it on a bike to be sure for himself (understandable) he picked a brand new $30 Bontrager steel tube pump off the shelf and said that was the replacement. No cost. That service got them a few sales while my girlfriend and i were there. They had a few helmets on clearance, she found one she liked (yay!) and I got some locking grips for my sirrus, as well as another blue ano bottle cage for my sirrus.

    Find a good LBS Like I have, and get the bike you like most from them. That LBS is 45 minutes from me, but worth the drive when I need something.

    But, back to bikes. Just go test ride a bunch. Pick the one that is most comfortable, you like the most, and even the color you want. I generally try to work out discounts on accessories over lowering the price of the bike. Maybe throw in 25% off a pump or riding gloves or something of the sort. Maybe try to barter a deal on better (puncture resistant) tires? Maybe a little off an extended service plan if you dont do your own wrenching... Comfort and style in your eyes is more important than what WE think. You have to love riding it... Just as I LOVE riding my Sirrus. I am just waiting for some rain to wash the salt off the roads, because my sirrus wont be seeing any salty roads

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    I should look for some local bike clubs with forums, maybe they will point me in the direction of a good LBS.

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    Thanks everyone for the help, I will let you know how it goes.

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    I test rode a Trek 7.1 fx 15 and a 7.2 fx 17.5. I felt like I had more control of the 17.5, whether that was the upgraded model or the size, I'm not 100% sure. The salesman said probably the size, which the salesman was really cool. Is 7.2 worth the extra $100? I know it has that better seat, but how much would that be to add later if I wanted it?

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    From what you're describing, the 7.1 is a smaller frame and entry level to the FX lineup. If you go to the Trek website, you can compare the two side by side.

    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...2fx,71fx,empty

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    A current production 7.2 FX is made out of Alpha Black Aluminum. YES - that is worth the cost. It's a better grade frame and will serve you beautifully for a long time. And it is highly able to be upgraded, regards components, to whatever you may want in the future.

    Check with the shop and see if this is a current production 7.2 FX (2010 model). If yes - you're looking good! Keep us updated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Panthers007 View Post
    A current production 7.2 FX is made out of Alpha Black Aluminum. YES - that is worth the cost. It's a better grade frame and will serve you beautifully for a long time. And it is highly able to be upgraded, regards components, to whatever you may want in the future.

    Check with the shop and see if this is a current production 7.2 FX (2010 model). If yes - you're looking good! Keep us updated.
    +1

    As Panthers007 said, if it is a 2010 model, it is definitely worth $100 difference for the 7.2.
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    It is the 2010 model, thanks guys.

    I do want a better frame, so I can buy and tweak stuff later on if I want. I really just don't like the color options of the 7.2 as much, but I can live with that.

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    I test rode a Fuji Absolute 4.0 19" today. It is a 2008, so he said he would drop the price to $350. I really enjoyed the bike, it felt like it fit me nicely. I don't want to jump the gun yet before trying a few other brands, but I really liked this bike. I hated the shifter though, I can't stand those twist shifters. I have been riding around a schwinn mountain bike I got for free and it has those shifters and I just can't get use to it. I know I could always upgrade later on.


    So any input on the Fuji Absolute 4.0?

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    The Fuji Absolute is a nice bike, gets lots of nice reviews; and, like you, many people like them.

    You have to ride many, and buy the one you like the best......

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    I found a good deal for a starter bike. I got a Trek 7100 for cheap, so I am going to use that for at least the summer and maybe trade it in later if I want something else. It will give me a good chance to get into the hobby.


    The bike hasn't been used for awhile. It has been stored inside a garage, but what should I do as far as maintenance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    The Fuji Absolute is a nice bike, gets lots of nice reviews; and, like you, many people like them.

    You have to ride many, and buy the one you like the best......
    Thank you for the reply. I did enjoy the bike.

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    First, clean it up, completely. Soapy water, and gentle rinsing with a hose. Wipe dry, and polish the shiny bits.Then, clean up the drivetrain, including the chain, and re-lube everything with a lite oil (any joint that moves gets at least a drop of oil,) wipe oiled parts until the outsides are dry with a dry rag. After putting a drop of oil on every chain roller, wipe it off, but not completely dry with your oily rag. Air up the tires to max pressure on the sidewalls, and check for "stuff" embedded in the tread. Adjust derailleurs and brakes. (one final recheck for oil drips) At this point, the bike should look almost new......

    I always wipe the brake pads and rims (braking surfaces) with rubbing alcohol until they are clean - it's amazing how much better they work. (It's easier if you remove the wheels for this, and lets you wipe any dirty parts clean.)

    A coat of wax will help protect the paint, and make it easier to clean.

    Consider adding a set of fenders, if you want yourself and everything else to stay cleaner. For $30, you can install a set.

    Almost forgot ----- dispose of the oily rag properly, and enjoy the ride!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nal13 View Post
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    I found a good deal for a starter bike. I got a Trek 7100 for cheap, so I am going to use that for at least the summer and maybe trade it in later if I want something else. It will give me a good chance to get into the hobby.


    The bike hasn't been used for awhile. It has been stored inside a garage, but what should I do as far as maintenance?
    They are good bikes if you like the upright ride. I bought my girlfriend one. Wash it up, apply some quick wax to it (car wax or I use Pedros Lust bike shine) lube the chain, a drop of oil on every pivot of both derailleurs, and go ride. Likely wont need much more than that unless it was ridden hard. I re-packed the hubs on my girlfriends 7100 last week, they didnt NEED it but the grease that was in there was starting to wear, bike is 3 years old.

    What year 7100? http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/2009/archive/ to help you figure out what year...

    Enjoy your "new" bike

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    Thanks Wanderer and nymtber. I will do that stuff today. I think it's a 2006, I will get a better look later on. It was my girlfriend's dad's bike, and he said he has put like 10 miles on it.

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