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Old 03-15-10, 12:32 PM   #1
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this hybrid looks like a flat bar road bike to me

Men's Tourist Hybrid Bike $250.00?

http://www.target.com/Mens-Tourist-H.../dp/B00160JO4Q

picked up some jeans and pullover at Target today and walked by the bike dept. just for fun and saw this bike. I always wonder if they will stock a bike with drop bars. well, I saw this and it looked like a flat bar road bike to me and very different from the Trailway hybrid I bought and would eventually roadify.

I got a Schwinn bike from Target and so long as you have a pro shop check everything you'll be OK. things to keep close eye on: bottom bracket; chain; freewheel; spoke tension.
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That just looks like a performance hybrid, to me. Like the Specialized Sirrus, Trek 7.x series, etc. I would rather spend 2x the money and get at least 3x the bike myself.

I see one BIG problem with Target's "schwinn" hybrids. The wheels. Fancy lacing patterns require good hubs, good rims, and good spokes. We arn't talking $50 wheelset here, we are talking $300+ for a pro-built set of wheels. They should stick with 3x 32h wheels for cheap bikes. 36 is really not needed, I am 230lbs and even on my mtb my 32h wheels really dont go out of true.

A guy I work with got a Schwinn Trailway from Target last summer. He said it was standing up to his weight fine (hes a little bigger than me, taller mostly) but I am not sure how much he really rode it, either. He did say he was having some small shifting issues, and I told him I could take a look at it sometime, and maybe teach him how to adjust derailleurs.

The schwinn bikes at target are some of the nicest looking department store bikes around. MUCH better than anything walmart offers. I would like to see maybe altus offered at least though. Tourney rear derailleurs are a joke. I have high doubts there is more than a $10 difference between the two, $10 that would be well worth it to add to the bike's cost.
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Old 03-16-10, 04:38 AM   #3
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yeah, the shop said the Trailway had good wheels but I was breaking spokes because I never had the tensions checked and I was riding it hard. I became a smarter rider, had the wheel worked on a few times and then saved it. I bought another "cheap" wheel with more spokes than the Trailway had and he other shop did a sweet job with he spokes and truing - even checking them again after a couple hundred miles. I should have them again since riding it through the winter.

the Trailway kickstand was crap - a plastic thing broke in the parking lot the day I bought it. I replaced the stand with a cheapo and I plan on installing a rear stand - they are better for me

I also had to tweak the shifting quite a bit and the alignment on he front is critical with not much latitude. I still have to trick it sometimes

anyway this bike looked fast compared to my stock Trailway. after swapping some stuff my Trailway is fast now. not sure why Target doesn't sell a drop bar bike in the store

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All hybrids look like flat bar road bikes to me.
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Both Target and WalMart offer an alternatively, cheap, entrance level, bike, for anyone on limited income......... Better than no bike at all!

Give 'em a break, they fill a badly needed niche!
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well, this "hybrid" has narrow road tires ...
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After much prior poo-pooing, the Schwinn Tourist hybrid at Target slowly grew on me and I finally picked one up on sale for $234. It's pretty light and comfortable. The frame is attractive, wheels are true and I haven't any issues with componentry in quality nor adjustment so far. The flat bar is comfortable for tooling around.


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Awesome Stray8! The best you thing you can do right now to that bike is to ride it. Just get out and ride.
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...couldn't decide b/w the Trailway and the Tourist, but evantually settled for the Trail Way. This was not a good buy. After minor upgrades and tuning at a LBS, I realized I could have gotten an FX. I sold the Trailway and bought a Trek FX.
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all 3 are very different bikes

the trek though I found for $600 and he trailway was only $225 so there a big difference in price. no sure what byour point was about the price. anyway - glad you ultimately got what suited you! :-)

here's another testament for test riding
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That Tourist would be a heck of a bike to keep "someplace else"...... Travelling by air, will cost you $200, just for the bike shipping........ That "almost" makes it a throw away bike.........

Got a relative, or friend, or work location, you visit often, and wish you had a bike there????? Hmmmmmmmmm !!!!!!
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The big trend at the moment seems to be the performance oriented hybrid. Personally I would stick with a road bike, but it's cool to see all the options out there for those with different needs.
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Old 04-11-10, 04:50 PM   #13
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My neighbor bought a Tourist a couple yaers ago from Target. He doesn't ride it hard, but he does ride it pretty often with his kids. I rode it when he got it and was pretty impressed by what he got for $200 (I think he got it on sale).
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I just picked this bike up today...

250, components are decent, I was going to buy a trek 7.3, but it was going to be a while due to the 600 dollar price tag.

I just wanted to ride, and I knew I could always upgrade. I am planning on taking it into my LBS, and having it onced over.. I rode it a bit today, seems nice, light and fast. Ill be taking it on a 20 mile ride in a few days. Only thing that worries me, is the wheels, Im a larger rider, Ill just keep an eye on it..

Going to install, and bottle rack (didnt come with it) and a cateye micro wireless computer, in the next few days.. ill take pictures later.
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I'm 225 lbs on some days plus the 10 lbs of junk I carry on my rack. be sure the LBS checks your spoke tension and trues the wheels. then after a few hundred miles have them check again. they are good quality wheels and my Trailway had the same or similar wheels. I rode it out of the store and NEVER checked the spokes until I started popping them a few years and several hundred rough miles later. well, I learned my lesson. :-)
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That's really a decent looking bike!

Even after you get your Trek(?), it will still make a nice "beater bike" for when you don't want to expose the new one. And, if you ever have to replace anything, decent componentry can be had inexpensively on CL or E-bay.

Nice lookin bike!
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makes me wanna ride even though I just got back from a run
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definitely good looking. hopefully it rides as nice as it appears
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I have a Cateye Micro Wireless, and so does my wife, they are bomb proof but they can go crazy with some dorr openers. If there is room for two bottle cages, get two. It's nicer to have too much water than not enough, or have to worry about refilling mid-ride.
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fwiw - I've been very happy with my cheap schwinn $10 walmart wired computers ...
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I have a Cateye Micro Wireless, and so does my wife, they are bomb proof but they can go crazy with some dorr openers. If there is room for two bottle cages, get two. It's nicer to have too much water than not enough, or have to worry about refilling mid-ride.
Enjoy your bike.
awesome.. i just picked it up today at the LBS, the bike is in the shop for adjustments. I dont think im ready to mess around with adjusting the gears yet. 45 dollars and they are checking everything.
The computer will be on tomorrow as well, first ride, thursday morning.. hopefully.
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Wise move !
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Of all the big box bikes, the Schwinn Tourist is my favourite. I prefer it over to some 'branded' LBS hybrids too. Price is nice. Components are decent and it is a light bike. The stealth grey paint is hot! I so wanted to get one the last time I was at Target. But I already have 2 bikes.... 3 if I count my wife's. 24-spoke wheel is a concern as part of my commute goes through some gravel paths.
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Hi fellow tourist owner.

Your thread was one of the reasons I went ahead and got interested in the bike.. Gear assembly was sketchy from Target, but some TLC with a phillips screwdriver got her silky...keep us updated on your ride.
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