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Old 07-18-12, 07:30 AM   #1
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Which hybrid to buy?

I am finally getting back into cycling after many years without doing much riding if any. I have a Lotus Legend road bike that I custom ordered in the 80s, which was great for me back then, but now that I am in my mid 50s I find it really isn't comfortable for the type of riding that I will be doing. I am not planning on taking any long trips or racing. My riding will primarily be social (with my wife) and daily exercise. I expect to be mostly riding on local roads, but will probably also go out on some local bike trails that are fairly smooth hard packed dirt or gravel.

I am relatively tall at 6' 5" with a 35" inseam, so I need something that comes in a larger frame. I have checked out the local bike shops and rode some hybrid bikes that I really like, but am having trouble making a final decision. I have available to me locally in my size:

Trek 7100
Giant Cypress,
Jamis Citizen
KHS Westwood.

The prices are all pretty comparable, although the Trek is a little more than the others. They have a few other models for which they would have to order my size, but all of the ones I have tried seem fine to me. Does anybody have any recommendations among these bikes as to which would be the best in terms of reliability, the type of riding I plan to do, or for someone my size?

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Old 07-18-12, 09:38 AM   #2
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Welcome To Bike Forums, Eefer!

Why do you want to buy a hybrid, when you already have a splendid bicycle?

If it's a matter of an upright sitting position, you could just change the handlebars.

If it's a matter of having your hands near the brakes, you could have cross lever brakes installed and just ride the hoods, exclusively.


Cross Lever Brakes

Of course, if you'd just prefer to add another bike to your collection, that's perfectly understandable too

According to the bikes you've listed, they're all really nice bikes. However, I would suggest eliminating the suspended fork at your current price point. A suspended fork brings with it more moving parts. At that price level, they're more moving cheap parts and that's just repair potential, leading to eventual added expense.

Also, you could remain at the higher price level and get an aluminum framed comfort hybrid, or you could get a less expensive steel framed hybrid. The best steel frame of the bunch comes from Giant in the form of the Cypress ST ~ $350. The Giant Cypress is made of chromoly steel. It's strong. It's light. It's durable. If you should ever desire an upgrade, it would be worth it, because your chromoly steel frame could quite possibly last another lifetime.
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Old 07-18-12, 10:18 AM   #3
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Thanks for the comments. The Cypress ST isn't an option for me because the largest frame size it comes in is 20", which is just too small. I'm going out to ride these again and see which I like better.
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Thanks for the comments. The Cypress ST isn't an option for me because the largest frame size it comes in is 20", which is just too small. I'm going out to ride these again and see which I like better.
Hey there Eefer!

The Jamis Citizen 3 has the best components. The Trek 7100 has the least preferable components. However, fit and comfort comes before anything else. Therefore, you already have the right idea about test riding all of the bicycles for confirmation.

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Old 07-18-12, 05:34 PM   #5
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I'm assuming your price range is under $500? I'm going to suggest you try the Cannondale Quick 5. It'll handle packed dirt and gravel just fine. I do believe Cannondale makes XL frames.
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I spent yesterday checking out all the local (and not so local) bike shops. I was able to check out a Trek 7100, FX 7.3, Jamis Coda Sport, Jamis Citizen 2, some model Fuji, KHS Westwood, Giant Cypress and Giant Sedona. I liked the Trek FX, but it was a little more than I wanted to spend and I didn't like it that much better than the Giant Cypress. The Jamis bikes were OK, but they didn't have my size (which I'm sure colored my evaluation) and again they were more money. In the end the Giant Cypress was the one that I kept going back to, so it's now in my garage. It may turn out to be too mushy for me over time, but I don't expect to be riding enough distances to notice the difference.
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Congrats, Eefer!

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Good choice eefer. That bike looks like it will fit your riding needs very well.
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They all in shops to test ride?, do that. a $400 bike is a $400 bike , 5,5.. 6,6, etc.

pick dealer 1st. then the bike.. at that shop. for the service after the sale..
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Interesting comment about choosing the dealer. All of the shops I visited were very friendly and accommodating and the owners had been working with bikes for a long time. A couple were significantly larger than the others so they carried more variety, but I think that I would trust any of them. The bike I got:



I am happy with it so far for the short 2-3 mile rides around the neighborhood I have been able to take. I was leery of having the suspension in the fork and on the seat post, but most of the bikes in the same price that were available here in my size range had this and I haven't noticed any real downside to them yet (although I will know better after a few longer rides). I do know that this is easier on my 56 year old back than my lotus:

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Interesting comment about choosing the dealer. All of the shops I visited were very friendly and accommodating and the owners had been working with bikes for a long time. A couple were significantly larger than the others so they carried more variety, but I think that I would trust any of them. The bike I got:



I am happy with it so far for the short 2-3 mile rides around the neighborhood I have been able to take. I was leery of having the suspension in the fork and on the seat post, but most of the bikes in the same price that were available here in my size range had this and I haven't noticed any real downside to them yet (although I will know better after a few longer rides). I do know that this is easier on my 56 year old back than my lotus:


I actually dreamed about your Lotus, before I even saw the actual image. It's genuinely beautiful!

You really are one of us now...You're even abiding by the N+1 Rule already!



* N is the current number of bikes you have right now. +1 is the next bike you purchase
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Yeah, that Lotus is beautiful!
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That Lotus is big! And beautiful
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Yea, the standover height of the Lotus is just a tad over 36". It is the largest frame I could buy at the time, and probably as large as any stock frame you could buy today.
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