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    Should I be getting a hybrid bike?

    I'm 24, havent rode since pre learners permit.

    I live about 2 miles from work, and i like to bike for exercise, but id like to do it outside now.

    i plan on taking it on trails when i can, but it will mostly be used on roads

    i will be visiting a local bike shop tomorrow, i spoke to the guy who asked for my specs and what not, but i know this is the best place to ask for something like this.

    if you could point me in the right direction it would be a big help

    im willing to spend 500-1,000 USD.

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    I say a hybrid would meet your needs. Possibly a dual sport like the Trek DS or Specialized Crosstrail. I say dual sport because you mentioned that you may take it off road a little. This is where hybrids come in handy. Also, a lot of hybrids are being marketed as "fitness" bikes. That's why I have one anyways.

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    Here's an excellent bike fit calculator you can play around with for you frame size, see what you come up with http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rc...,d.aGc&cad=rja you also might like Cyclocross bikes if your looking for a more race style ride position.
    Many Hybrids will work for you too just look at as many as you can in your lbs "and other stores" but you already know that.
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    Hybrids come in all shapes and sizes. If your game is primarily fitness, I would still get a speedy bike--there is a big difference in fun factor that can be had with a performance bike over a plodding tank. The trade off is off road capability and if you mean "trail" as being "bike trail", those are usually no problem for a performance hybrid with say 700c x 28 tires. For most city folks, there is no use for a triple front crank. It is often hard to set right and is heavier. I would look for a performance hybrid with just a double up front. If I were you, I'd take your time looking and especially scanning the craigslist in your area where people are often unloading 2-3 year old bikes for 1/2 the retail.

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    I went to a bike store today and the owner recommended me the Cannondale quick 4

    What do you guys think of that bike?

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    not a fan of those weird dual spoking patterns, those wheels look pretty fragile.

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    Before I purchased our bikes last month I had it down to two models a Cannondale Quick or a Giant Escape. I ended up with the Giant for a number of reasons. Not the least of which is that Giant's seem to be less $$ for about the same quality as of makes. Also Cannondale seemed to use a lot of their own components instead of industry standard pieces. I also thought as Piece states above the wheel set doesn't look as strong as it could be. That's just my take. The biggest reason for going with the Giant was the LBS as I have had a good relationship with them since moving to FL a couple of years ago. Good luck on your choice as in buying a car the best time is before the purchase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DowneasTTer View Post
    Also Cannondale seemed to use a lot of their own components instead of industry standard pieces.
    Only with respect to their HeadShok/solo forks/hubs,and the integrated headsets on their high-end road machines. Every part of that bike is traditional. Also,as long as the wheels have been properly tensioned/trued,and the OP isn't a Clydesdale or do loaded touring or ride it like a BMX bike,those wheels should be fine.

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    i see, I did a lot of poking around and the bad boy 9 has tickled my fancy

    called the bike shop guy and asked him to order that one

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    Very nice choice. Enjoy your new ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wobbooze View Post
    i see, I did a lot of poking around and the bad boy 9 has tickled my fancy

    called the bike shop guy and asked him to order that one
    Very sharp looking bike....enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pierce View Post
    not a fan of those weird dual spoking patterns, those wheels look pretty fragile.
    I have over 1,000 miles on the Quick 4 with these exact wheels and haven't had an issue. I'm 195lbs and ride on some of the worst streets in the US in New Orleans, LA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wobbooze View Post
    More like good choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by themishmosh View Post
    Hybrids come in all shapes and sizes. If your game is primarily fitness, I would still get a speedy bike--there is a big difference in fun factor that can be had with a performance bike over a plodding tank. The trade off is off road capability and if you mean "trail" as being "bike trail", those are usually no problem for a performance hybrid with say 700c x 28 tires. For most city folks, there is no use for a triple front crank. It is often hard to set right and is heavier. I would look for a performance hybrid with just a double up front. If I were you, I'd take your time looking and especially scanning the craigslist in your area where people are often unloading 2-3 year old bikes for 1/2 the retail.
    Hah...speak for yourself. As far as tires, 700x42 are freaking sweet. Not having to dodge every utility cover and drain on the street is kinda nice sometimes. And the 26T rings are useful for the hills.

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    Thanks guys, I can't wait to start riding it.

    Might be off topic but anyone know of some non dorky looking helmets

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    Not sure what you mean by dorky since that's very subjective. Maybe take a look at some from Lazer.

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    about the only helmet that fits me well is a particular Specialized model that's for XL heads. the rest of the 'one size fits all' helmets are too small. I have what motorcycle helmet maker Arai calls a 'long oval' head, where its quite long front to rear, and relatively narrow side to side.

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    got my bike today on my break, took it for a spin when i got home. LOVE IT

    holy **** i cant wait until my lock and lights come in so i can start taking it to work

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    Quote Originally Posted by wobbooze View Post
    beautiful! I'm eyeing a BadBoy9 for a commuter/all-arounder. I have a CAAD 9-4 for a roadie and my daughter's getting a Synapse 5, so we're a Cannondale family LOL

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    damn the caad 9-4 looks great. if i was going to get a road bike, (which I probably will at some point) that would be a contender

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    What brand tire does the bad boy come with? Slickthicks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wobbooze View Post
    damn the caad 9-4 looks great. if i was going to get a road bike, (which I probably will at some point) that would be a contender
    It's nice! Mine is the BBQ Black edition.


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    Super nice. Are those decals just reflective? I was under the impression the bike was blacked out.

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