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    Looking for some advice for my first hybrid...

    Looking to start riding back and forth to work most days(13-15m one way), and in talking with people here and where I work who ride, I've decided Hybrid is the way to go. I'm going to stick with it unless I like...break my leg or something, but if I like it and wanna get more aggressive with it, I can adjust some things to make it so.

    That being said, this is my first bike, and I'm hoping to get away with spending under 300 bucks. Unfortunately, I have NO idea what I'm looking for when it comes to bikes. I've been to a couple places around here, and everyone either has Hybrids that are like 4-5 hundred bucks, or no hybrids at all.

    Just looking for a general direction to start looking for specific bikes, brands, whatever. I can search through Craigslist all day every day, but it doesn't mean I know what I'm looking for. Any help is appreciated. Thanks

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    The 300 dollar hybrids I've seen have been from big box stores and based on riding 30 miles a day it may become a throw away pretty quick.
    Do your homework and research, then stay active on your C.L. To pick up a good bike in your price range.

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    I just picked up at Schwinn Tourist from Target. Nice smooth ride, as I have about 30 miles on it so far. It's a higher-end box store bike, and the components seem like good mid-range components. The only thing I have some hesitation on are the wheels, they are paired-spokes, 18 of them I think, instead of 32.

    Will it get me on my 15 mile per day commute? I think so. Will the drive train need replacement in a year or so? Probably. But, then again, my LBS told me the Trek 2.1 he recommended would need the same.

    It's $250 at Target. But, if you can't tune your bike, add another $40 to take it to a LBS to get a tune up on it. My front derailleur needed adjustment.

    I think as long as you shop right, you can get a decent bike at a box store (Not Wally World though). You just need to be careful, and realize that most likely, you'll need to take it to a LBS to get tuned up.

    Many LBS's sell used bikes too, with the same care a new one gets (ie 1 year of basic maintenance, and a tune up off the floor).

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    Riding Heaven's Highways: In Memoriam justfitme's Avatar
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    I purchased this year on CL:

    2007 Trek 7.5 FX WSD with 97 miles (it looked exactly like this) for $280
    2009 Cannondale Bad Boy (i was not able to find a single scratch) - $300
    2005 Trek 7200 FX - (looked exactly like 3 month old 7.2FX with the chain never changed the gear) - $200

    Of course I was a dedicated looker for every bike for a month or two

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    Here ya go; already has fenders & rack and is ready for commuting duty!

    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/bik/2545566592.html
    Gettin' my Fred on.

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    Riding Heaven's Highways: In Memoriam justfitme's Avatar
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    yep..sometimes it takes just few minutes to find what you need.
    The only thing - when you see the deals like this you have to start riding right away and call seller from you car hands-free phone..

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    Quote Originally Posted by irclean View Post
    here ya go; already has fenders & rack and is ready for commuting duty!

    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/bik/2545566592.html
    ^^^^bargain^^^^^

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    For $350.00, no tax and shipping included I recently bought a Motobecane Elite FS at Bikes Direct. I like that it has an aluminum frame, suspension fork with lockout and decent components though I would have preferred a cassette hub. This is my third hybrid, I had a Specialized Sirrus and a Raleigh years ago.

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    Justfitme
    "2007 Trek 7.5 FX WSD with 97 miles (it looked exactly like this) for $280
    2009 Cannondale Bad Boy (i was not able to find a single scratch) - $300
    2005 Trek 7200 FX - (looked exactly like 3 month old 7.2FX with the chain never changed the gear) - $200"

    Man! Those are some nice CL scores! I am seriously thinking about upgrading my CL "investments" to the $200-$300 range. I am finding out down here in hillbilly land they don't know what they have or what it is really worth.
    '10 Cannondale Quick 4-main ride
    '10 Trek 7.2 FX WSD-Wife's
    '08 Trek E7-Wife's
    '08 Jamis Explorer 1
    '07 Gary Fisher Tarpon

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    Do not get the Schwinn Ranger (if they even still sell it). My wife got one at target before we got married and has ridden it maybe 40-50 miles as it's an absolute pos. I rode it once and agree. It completely turned her off to riding with me. Now she's in a vicious cycle where she won't spend enough to buy a good bike as she doesn't ride enough now to justify spending that kind of money in her mind, but I know if she buys a cheaper one she'll just hate it more and never ride.

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