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Old 07-22-11, 05:26 AM   #1
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Getting ready to buy a hybrid style bike

My old bike is a Raleigh Grand Prix road racer. I know it's pretty much a dinosaur compared to the new options and materials available now. I used to ride 50 - 60 kilos a couple of times a week with a bike riding group I belonged to. But I"m now wanting something a little more comfortable to ride.

I'm going to be happy now to ride maybe 20 miles 2 - 3 times a week and maybe get my wife to do some riding with me on some of the new rails to trails that's been built in the area.

So I've just about decided to buy a hybrid bike. I'm looking at a Specialized Crossroads Elite. It's a little over $500 and seems to fit me pretty decent. I also was looking at a Schwinn Voyageur 21, but I think I like the Specialized bike a little betters.

You figure either of these are fairly decent choices? There are only two bike shops in this immediate area. Not a lot of other brands available locally. And I'd like to buy locally in case I need replacement parts or repairs.

And I'm not interested in something from Sears or Walmart or Target, etc.

Any suggested options or add ons I should get also? I'm pretty sure I want to add on a rack on the back to carry a bag of some sort. Anything else?

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Old 07-22-11, 04:23 PM   #2
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Ride both bikes and decide on which one fits you better and that is the one to go with. On a bike, personal comfort is more important than what the bike looks like or who made it. If the bikes are in the same price range (+/- $50.00) then the components are pretty much the same quality. If you feel comfortable riding both bikes, then it becomes a matter of which bike is more appealing to you.
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Ride both bikes and decide on which one fits you better and that is the one to go with. On a bike, personal comfort is more important than what the bike looks like or who made it. If the bikes are in the same price range (+/- $50.00) then the components are pretty much the same quality. If you feel comfortable riding both bikes, then it becomes a matter of which bike is more appealing to you.
Thanks for the reply. I rode both of them and the Specialized Crossroads seem to fit me better and I felt more comfortable on it. So I ordered one in black. I'll probably get it Monday or Tuesday.

I also bought a Radbot 1000 1W LED Tail Light. I've got to travel about a half mile on a real busy street after I leave the street that I live on in order to get to a better route to travel to wherever I want to go. And I thought the flashing tail light would perhaps add to my safety.
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Congrats on your new bike purchase. Enjoy.
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