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Old 06-14-12, 01:00 AM   #1
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Help w/ first bike purchase

I'm looking to buy my first bike since I was a kid- a simple city bike that can get me from point A to point B. I only have a few requirements: I'd like the bike to have gears- don't need too many because I won't take many hills, but I want the flexibility. I'd also like the bike to have hand breaks. Lastly, I'd like the bike to be decent looking (I'm single and need to impress the ladies).

I found a few that I like and am wondering if anyone has experience with any of these or an opinion on which is best. I'd like to spend between $400- $700 and would like something that is sturdy/well made and will last a while. I'll want a rear rack so am factoring that into the price if I have to add one on. Any advice would be appreciated.

Here are the bikes I'm considering:

Trek 7.2: http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...ness/fx/7_2_fx

Biria CitiBike: http://www.biria.com/bicycle/citibike/700c-men

Bianchi Tornio/ Cortina: http://www.bianchiusa.com/bikes/strada/turismo/torino/

Bianchi Iseo: http://www.bianchiusa.com/bikes/strada/turismo/iseo/

Public V7: http://publicbikes.com/p/PUBLIC-V7-2012

Linus Roadster Sport: http://www.linusbike.com/models/roadster-sport/

Glove Daily 2: http://www.specialized.com/us/en/glo...5&scname=Globe

Thanks a lot for your help. I've gone back and forth for a few weeks and could use the help of some experts. No LBS has all of these options so it is hard to get an opinion from the guys that work there.
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Old 06-15-12, 03:54 PM   #2
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I've narrowed my choices down a bit, now only looking at the Biria, the Bianchi (my LBS told me the Cortina and Torino are pretty similar, so I'm focusing on the Cortina and then will upgrade some parts) and the Linus.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 06-15-12, 04:19 PM   #3
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I saw the Trek FX7.2 on the list, thought I should throw in the Giant Escape City in there too.

http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/...pe/8910/48611/


Or the Raleigh Detour City Sport

http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/hybr...city-sport-12/
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EEP--seems you like the more retro look, am I right? Of your narrower list, I think the Linus looks the best, but it has the fewest gears. Not sure how much your budget is, but the Linus 8 speed (with the Nexus internal gear hub) would be the best of the lot--in terms of quality and reliability. The Bianchi Cortina has more gears, but the components are not all that great. You say you'd be interested in upgrading...I'd rather get what I want up front and be happy from day one.

From your original list, I think the Globe Daily 2 would be a really good choice in terms of looks and quality.

I know you have a narrower list now, but also wondering if you've checked these out:

Trek Allant - http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes.../allant/allant
Trek Belleville - http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...lle/belleville

Also, it's more of a hybrid than some of the others on your list, but I also think it's a great looking bike that wouldn't look out of place alongside some of these bikes, while being one of the most highly regarded of the lot--the Jamis Coda Sport - http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebik...asport_rd.html
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Check out the Giant Via.
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That's a good call.
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looking to impress the ladies??? Most of those bikes look like something an old man would ride, no offense to all the old men on here. go with a race or touring style bike, much cooler. yes you can mount a rack on this.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ventnoir_x.htm
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EEP please excuse the rudeness from catonec. Of the two Bianchis, the Torino has better components and has E-Z fire shifters rather than twist grip. Many people here seem to dislike twist grip shifters. The Biria doesn't have complete specs so it's hard to compare. The Biria has fenders and a rear rack if you think you want to ride you bike in wet conditions or to do errands. Fenders and rack will add about $60 to bike without them. I really like the green on the Biriia.

I highly recommend you test ride bikes before purchasing. If the bike doesn't fit well, you won't enjoy riding and the bike will spend time alone in your garage.
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yeah excuse my rudeness
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Well, I would agree with catonec.
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Well, I would agree with catonec.
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In general, Giant makes higher quality bikes than Public. The Giant Via is a beautiful bicycle. It is world renown for both its paramount level of comfort and its nimble agility.

The Giant Via is made from chromoly steel, NOT hi-tensile...
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looking to impress the ladies??? Most of those bikes look like something an old man would ride, no offense to all the old men on here. go with a race or touring style bike, much cooler. yes you can mount a rack on this.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ventnoir_x.htm
Women would want to see you on a bike that they wouldn't be embarrassed to be seen with, and could imagine themselves riding with you on. A racing bike doesn't give off that impression, to me, unless the woman is already a racer.
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looking to impress the ladies??? Most of those bikes look like something an old man would ride, no offense to all the old men on here. go with a race or touring style bike, much cooler. yes you can mount a rack on this.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ventnoir_x.htm
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Thanks guys. Went to Bike Attack in Santa Monica today and rode the Linus, Biria and Torino... And ended up buying a Virtue. http://virtuebike.com/bicycles/virtue-six

The guy at Bike Attack steered me to it- said it was the bike he recommended to all his friends looking to buy a Linus. The components aren't as high-end but the bike rides really nicely and seems to be well made. And for $399 before adding a rack/lights, it seemed hard to beat. As I said, I haven't ridden in years, so saving a few bucks made sense. If I get really into it I can upgrade down the line.

The Bianchi rode nicely as well, but I like the retro look, even if Catonec disagrees.

I'm picking up the bike tomorrow- excited to take her around town.

Thanks for all of your help.
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Good choice! Not my style don't like the color scheme, nor my handlebars curved so much but I wouldn't think less of anyone for riding it, that's for sure. I wonder, could you put a rack and crate on it for double use as a grocery getter? That's what I would do.
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That's a sharp looking bike for a townie bike. Excellent choice.
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Beautiful bike!

Is it chromoly?
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That front fender appears to be more fashion than function. I do like the single chainring up front.
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looking to impress the ladies??? Most of those bikes look like something an old man would ride, no offense to all the old men on here. go with a race or touring style bike, much cooler. yes you can mount a rack on this.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ventnoir_x.htm
I am a roadie and always ride in an aggressive road position. This past vacation I rented a hybrid to ride with my daughter and really, really enjoyed it. The upright position was a joy allowing me to actually see the world in front of me rather than the patch of pavement in front of me. Who cares what is cool, ride what gives you joy.
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Is it chromoly?
The spec list says chromoly frame and fork.

Nice one, EEP. How did you like the people at Bike Attack? I've read some negative things about them on Yelp, but you can never tell about a reviewer's objectivity.
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The spec list says chromoly frame and fork.

Nice one, EEP. How did you like the people at Bike Attack? I've read some negative things about them on Yelp, but you can never tell about a reviewer's objectivity.

Bike Attack is great. Small shop but the guys there were all super helpful, especially Eric and Victor. They didnt mind all of my newbie questions and helped me pick out lights, a lock and a rear rack. The shop has free brake/chain maintenance for life,which should be helpful.

Just got back from my first ride, a slightly inclined 5-miler home from the shop. The ride was awesome.. Smooth, fast enough, comfortable. I need to work on pedaling from a complete stop at a red light, but otherwise it was perfect. The 6-speeds gave mesons good flexibility on the small hills, and I was able to run a few errands with the rear rack.

Really happy. Thanks again for all of the help.
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That front fender appears to be more fashion than function. I do like the single chainring up front.
I live in Southern California, so I don't anticipate many opportunities to ride in the rain/use the fenders for their proper function. I just like the look.
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You'll find puddles around sometime though, and fenders here are useful for that...especially when you don't know what exactly is in the puddle...
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