I'm new to this forum and basically cycling. I've always enjoyed bike riding throughout different times of my life. I'm looking to get fit again through cycling. I currently have a 2005 Diamondback Wildwood Comfort Bike. I've always enjoyed this bike but now that I'm doing some more serious cycling, I feel it to be super slow and heavy. I'm averaging only 10mph compared to being able to average 15mph on a stationary gym bike. After doing some research on these Hybrid bikes, I feel these are the types of bikes I need. I don't have a large budget. I'm looking at the Giant Escape 2, Specialized Sirrus or a Trek FX 7.2. I like the male frames better than the female step throughs. I can afford a new Giant Escape. LBS has one for $399. I have found several used Specialized Sirrus and Treks for around $400. Did see a used 2006 Trek Fx 7.2 for $299 but not so thrilled with the color. I'd like an all black bike. Any feedback on these bikes would be greatly appreciated. Buy used or new? I also live in Orange County, Ca so if anyone has some nice trails that they enjoy, lease let me know.
1. Of the bunch, I'd go for the new Escape. The LBS should help you in tweaking the fit a bit for free, probably one free tune up after the sale, and all the parts and frame would be covered by a warranty.
2. Just because you can average 15 mph on the stationary bike doesn't mean that a new sportier hybrid will equate to that speed out in the real world. There are way too many variables that come into play to make a comparison between the two fair.