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Old 06-07-10, 11:10 AM   #1
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Tired of neck pain with my road bike, looking for flat bar bike

Although I love the speed of my road bike and the ability to climb hills, I have had it for three years and always get neck and shoulder pain. I'm 50. I also like the ability to see better and that is why I'm thinking of getting a hybrid. I don't want to modify my road bike just in case I ever do a long distance ride.

On the beach bike paths, I see alot of flat bar road bikes, that go as fast as my road bike. I don't know what kind they are. I once had a Trek 7200 FX, model year 2001 but it was super slow.

I'm looking for a fast flat bar road bike that can handle Los Angeles' potholes and climb hills. I have tested riden around one block the Jamis Coda and Kona Dew. Any other suggestions? Am I asking for too much?
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Old 06-07-10, 06:50 PM   #2
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i'd recommend what i have - the giant rapid. of the different hybrids i tried, including the specialized sirrus, the cannondale quick, the kona door prize and the trek fx, the rapid seemed to be the most like a road bike.

give it a ride and see what you think...

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Old 06-07-10, 08:25 PM   #3
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Check out those other names he rattled off in there, too.
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Guy in the Fifties forum hit the same problem. Solution for him was a shorter adjustable stem angled up at 45 deg. or so. Easy fix, and you can put an adjustable stem lower if you need. Shorter gets the bars a little closer and puts your weight back a little. Or, a new bike if that doesn't fix it for you.
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Old 06-08-10, 06:29 PM   #5
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How about a comfort road bike? Or have you considered the higher numbers in the FX series for more speed? From the 7.5 on up to the 7.9 are more like a road bike.
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