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Old 02-08-13, 05:47 PM   #1
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New to biking, help please!

Hey everyone, I am new to this forum and biking. I have a good amount of friends who do both the MS150 as well as do random strolls through town, and was interested in joining them. From talking with different people and reading around, I feel like a hybrid would be a best fit for me. However, most of my friends have road bikes over hybrids and are not too familiar with them. I got sized recently (on a road bike, size 52 - would this be the same for a hybrid?) and since I am not too familiar with what I should be looking for or what type of bike, I would really appreciate yall's help!

I am looking around spending max 500-600 after everything is said and done (this includes buying the bike and adding anything you may suggest I add so the ride is more enjoyable). From reading different posts, I see that Trek's are amongst the most popular and have good reviews from people. Read that Schwinn got sold to another manufacturer, and they aren't producing the quality they have in the past, so not too sure if I am interested in one of those any more. Any other brands such as Fuji or whatever you suggest I am open to looking at.

If you could please suggest some bikes you feel would be a good price fit. I want to have an idea of what I want to look at and try when I go to the bike store to make my purchase (unless I can find a better deal for the same bike online).

Thank you!
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Old 02-08-13, 07:16 PM   #2
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If your not comfortable with drop bars, sure get a hybrid. Have the bike shop size you. Any Trek, Bianchi, Jamis, Kona, bike shop brand bike will work. The components are going to be the difference when looking at a $400 bike vs a $600 bike. I just got my wife a 2012 Jamis Coda Comp for Christmas. This is a good time of year to shop. Most bike shops will still have a lot of leftovers they want to move out.
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If your not comfortable with drop bars, sure get a hybrid. Have the bike shop size you. Any Trek, Bianchi, Jamis, Kona, bike shop brand bike will work. The components are going to be the difference when looking at a $400 bike vs a $600 bike. I just got my wife a 2012 Jamis Coda Comp for Christmas. This is a good time of year to shop. Most bike shops will still have a lot of leftovers they want to move out.
Do you have any specific models you recommend by any chance?

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Do you have any specific models you recommend by any chance?

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If you want a nice steel Reynolds 520 frame the Jamis Coda Comp is under $500 leftover. If you want to go with an aluminum frame the Kona Dew is a really good value, also well under $500 leftover. With hybrids your looking at mountain bike derailleurs. Bikes in this price range will be Acera or Alivio; Alivio is higher on the food chain. Get out to a few bike shops and look around.
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Old 02-08-13, 09:59 PM   #5
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. . . Get out to a few bike shops and look around.
This is what I would do.

If you're fortunate enough to have a good bike shop or two in your area, go in and try out some bikes. Test rides could be a little tricky this time of year, though, depending on where you're located. At any rate, you can get a pretty decent hybrid in that price range. Another brand that you should consider is Giant. In your price range, you could get one of their Escape models, which are a great hybrid frame (my wife has a 2012 Escape 1W and loves it).

As for what to look for, that all depends on what you're looking to do with the bike. Some hybrids are more road orientated, some more off-road orientated, and many are in the middle. If you're looking for something to keep up with your buddies' road bikes, you might want to get a road orientated hybrid.

At the end of the day, hybrids can be very versatile bikes. The best way to see what will work best for you is to stop by some shops and take them for a spin.
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At 52cm, I might go with 17 inches or maybe 16.5 inches in a hybrid.

Here's some models from a previous post:

GT Traffic 4.0
Bianchi Iseo
Raleigh Misceo 1.0
Jamis Coda Sport
Kona Dew
Mongoose Crossway 300
Marin Larkspur CS3
Rocky Mountain Metropolis YVR
Specialized Vita Sport
Specialized Sirrus Sport
Trek 7.2 FX
Fuji Absolute 2.1

Or, if you're not fussy and would prefer a suspension fork and 26 inch wheels, the Jamis Trail X3.
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howdy, im not an expert but from personal experience i can tell you that the trek 7.1 FX is an excellent bike. ive had it for a few months now and i am loving it. its fast, light, trouble free, and rides smooth. if i had more money i would have went with a higher level FX, but the 7.1 has treated me so well. i also test drove a specialized sirrus sport while i was shopping for a bike and that one is pretty nice too but i felt like the trek was more for me but its worth taking a look at every bike in your budget and every shop you can go to.

as far as things you could add to the bike...i added new handlebar grips with bar ends, a water bottle cage, and lights. (if you want to know specific ones i added just ask). alot of people add rear racks, fenders, and a kickstand but i didnt feel like i needed them so i didnt. but yeah just like everyone else said test drive bikes and go with the bike that you feel like it feels best on you. happy hunting, hope i helped!
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I didn't go as cheap as I could for certain parts like tires, tubes, headset etc., but I made this list just for the fun of it.
1. WHEELSET
total: $95
Shimano Deore/Sun Rhyno Lite 26 inch wheelset $95
http://www.jensonusa.com/Mountain-Bi...-Lite-Wheelset
2. FRAMESET
total: $155
Nashbar mountain frame $103
http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...09_-1___202337
Nashbar mountain suspension-corrected fork $52
http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...2_174928_-1___
3. GROUPSET
total: $189
Falcon friction shifters $10
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=418214
Shimano Alivio FD-M412 front derailleur $16
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=407720
Shimano Alivio RD-M410 rear derailleur $32
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ducts_id=31400
SRAM cassette 8 speed $22
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ducts_id=19636
KMC 8 speed chain $15
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...oducts_id=2443
Shimano Alivio crankset with chainguard $33
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...oducts_id=6812
Shimano Acera BR-M422 front brake $10
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=438353
Shimano Acera BR-M422 rear brake $10
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=438354
Shimano Acera BR-M421 brake levers $17
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=437092
Shimano BB-UN55 113x68mm bottom bracket $24
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=437166
4. OTHER PARTS
total: $219
tires
Michelin Tracker 26x1.95 $25.38 (x2 = $50.76)
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=712205
tubes
Michelin Protek $8.32 (x2 = $16.64) Shrader
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=720350
rim strips
XLC rim strip $4.16 (x2 = $8.32)
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=448695
pedals
Dimension translucent blue $12.50
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=721824
headset
FSA Ahead Orbit $26.99
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ducts_id=34750
spacers
Origin8 10mm $7.65
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ducts_id=11166
stem
Dimension 80mm $19.52
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=732883
handlebars
Ramiko $13.98
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=804112
grips
Sunlite $3.99
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=509356
seatpost clamp
Sunlite $4.45
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ducts_id=11850
seatpost
Sunlite $12.48
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ducts_id=11900
saddle
Avenir 200 Series $22.01
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=507478
chainstay protector
Wheels Manufacturing $4.82
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=437965
spoke protector
Dimension $3.00 (this one 32H)
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=419814
wheel reflectors
Sunlite $2.49
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...oducts_id=5777
frame reflectors
Sunlite rear $1.83
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...oducts_id=5776
Sunlite front $2.49
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...oducts_id=5775
Jagwire S-hooks $5
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=413118
Total: $95 + $155 + $189 + $218 = $658
The total is a bit more than I expected. But it's possible to lower the cost here and there on some components.

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Old 02-09-13, 06:05 AM   #9
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I'd take a look at the Giant line of bikes if possible. They tend to be a great value for the buck. It appears they make the frames for many of the other brands. The escape line is a good solid value and great riding bikes. But, as others have stated there are a lot of good bikes in your price range. It CAN"T be stated enough that the choice of LBS is as important as your choice of bike. Good luck in your selection as with a car purchase the trying period is the most fun
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Save some dough for accessories too! like brain bucket,air pump,water bottle,seat bag,tools..................ect.
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What is your size, and how do you plan on using it? What type of roads/trails? Recommendations need this info................ to help you get what you need/want.
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I've got a 2010 Trek 7.5 that I bought used in mint condition for $550. It is just a pure pleasure to ride. I've got other hybrids and a nice road bike, but this is my favorite . Check Craigslist and I'm sure you can find a 2 or 3 year old quality hybrid in your price range ( 40 to 50% off original price is not uncommon).
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Hey everyone, I am new to this forum and biking. I have a good amount of friends who do both the MS150 as well as do random strolls through town, and was interested in joining them. From talking with different people and reading around, I feel like a hybrid would be a best fit for me. However, most of my friends have road bikes over hybrids and are not too familiar with them. I got sized recently (on a road bike, size 52 - would this be the same for a hybrid?) and since I am not too familiar with what I should be looking for or what type of bike, I would really appreciate yall's help!

I am looking around spending max 500-600 after everything is said and done (this includes buying the bike and adding anything you may suggest I add so the ride is more enjoyable). From reading different posts, I see that Trek's are amongst the most popular and have good reviews from people. Read that Schwinn got sold to another manufacturer, and they aren't producing the quality they have in the past, so not too sure if I am interested in one of those any more. Any other brands such as Fuji or whatever you suggest I am open to looking at.

If you could please suggest some bikes you feel would be a good price fit. I want to have an idea of what I want to look at and try when I go to the bike store to make my purchase (unless I can find a better deal for the same bike online).

Thank you!
Since your riding with road bikes I'd suggest the "Jamis Allegro Sport", it's more of a "fitness style" hybrid and at $535 it would leave you some funds for accessories. The Allegro is Alum framed/cro-mo forked so it's "LIGHTER" than a Jamis Coda Sport. It's more sporty with it's S-shaped chain and seat stays than many hybrids: http://www.myjamis.com/SSP%20Applica...cat_grp=strt_3

Now IF you can find a "2012 Jamis Allegro Sport" as a leftover, it's bit more expensive than the 2013, (little better componets) at a good price I'd get the "2012" model but the 2013 is still a good machine for the money. IF you could go up to $750, I'd get the Allegro COMP model, alum. frame/carbon fork and more road bike gearing. I have a 2012 Coda Sport and a 2011 Allegro 1 (now the sport) and the Allegro model seems more sporty to me. Jmho, ymmv.
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If all of your friends have road bikes, think twice about a hybrid. When I returned to biking as an adult, I reasoned that a hybrid would be best because it can do everything. I found that it does everything but not everything well. (Shields going up) When I tried to do group rides I found that keeping up with the road bikes was almost impossible. (Yes, I know that some of you smoke TDF riders on your hybrids but not me.) I was surprised that the upright riding position became uncomfortable at high milage. (Yes, I know some of you ride across country on a hybrid every few months but not me.)

What you really need to do is try to see what you'll be doing in a year or two and be realistic. If you have no desire to join a club and do long weekend rides or if you're just riding around town, the hybrid is fine. If speed isn't a concern (yes I know that hybrids can do 25 mph but not me) the hybrid is fine. After a year I got a road bike and I haven't looked back. I also got a single speed, a second road bike and I just bought a vintage road/tourer. (Yes, I have a problem and yes it's me.) I still have my hybrid and enjoy riding it around town, but for long weekend rides the road bike is my choice.
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