New site member/ hybrid owner from New Orleans, Louisiana
Just wanted to stop by and say hi. I just bought my first "real" bike this weekend and wanted to share. I've been riding a cheap 7 speed cruiser I got from a big box store for the past few months and once I started going nearly 10 miles a trip I decided it was time for an upgrade. I ride mainly on bike paths and paved roadways with a few bumps here and there. I ride mainly for fitness and just picking up a few things from the shops down the street. At first I was dead set on a Trek 8.3 DS when I was just looking around. I'll be honest that the overall image of that bike had me wanting it. I thought I wanted shocks and disc brakes but after test riding it quickly realized I didn't need the extra weight and really didn't like the feel of disc brakes. I will never be riding in wet or muddy situations so I didn't feel they were necessary either. I test rode the Trek 8.3 DS, Trek 7.2 FX, a Giant that I can't remember the name of and then the Cannondale Quick 4 and 5. I also looked heavily into the Motobecanes from bikesdirect but decided to support a local business. My final decision was between the Cannondale Quick 4 and the Trek 7.2 FX(they didn't have a 7.3 in stock) The Cannondale Quick 4(Large) just felt right as soon as I got on it. A short test ride later and I brought her home. Weather has been kind of bad the last few days so I only have a dining room picture for now.
Ooh, very pretty. Congrats! I like the red accents too - kind of reminds me of some lethal Amazonian frog (in a good way).
I've read more than a handful of comments of people torn between a FX 7.* and a Quick *, so you're not alone. My local big box Cannondale dealer can't even keep the Quick in stock to do test rides - that's how popular they are. Let us know how it is after a month or so!
Congrats on a great choice! I have a Quick 3 for my hybrid, and I love it. Nice smooth, nimble ride, the carbon forks really help. You were wise to let go of the idea of getting shocks and disc brakes. imo. Some of us aren't so thrilled with the Cannondale stock saddle, it seems that it really has to be positioned just right for comfort.
An added note - the Quick 4 was Bicycling Magazine's choice for 2012 hybrid of the year. Enjoy your riding!
I'm still trying to decide if I like the saddle or not. Hasn't bothered me too much so far. Gonna give it a while before I make a final decision. What saddles would you suggest as a replacement if I did end up swapping it out?