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Old 03-07-13, 12:14 PM   #1
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First Bicycle Purchase and Questions for the Bike Forum

Hi guys,

I want to look at buying this bicycle as my first bike purchase. A few questions,

1. Is this a decent bike? Or should I spend a little more money?

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bid/3664334284.html

I want a bike that can ride easily for 3 miles (to work) and a bicycle that can ride to school 1 mile with some moderate uphills and downhill.

2. I just bought a black lab puppy, so I'm thinking this is a good way for her to get some training and exercise. Would this bicycle be a good fit?

Are there any other bikes I should be looking at? Price range is about $200 - $700

I'm in Orange County, CA BTW -

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-07-13, 12:19 PM   #2
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And I should add that i'm looking for a bike to lose weight on at the same time ride back and forth comfortably from work, home, and school.
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Old 03-07-13, 12:29 PM   #3
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Also looking at this bike...

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...ss/fx/7_1_fx/#

[h=1]7.1 FX[/h]
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Between the Origin8 Cutler 7 and the Trek 7.1 FX, I'd opt for the Trek myself. If you plan at any point to mount a rear rack and use panniers or baskets, the frame geometry of the Trek is much better suited for that. Also the tires are wider, which will provide a bit smoother ride.
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The Trek has better components,is lighter,and has a much wider gear range. Def worth the extra dosh. Also,if you do get the Cutler forget the cable lock they're throwing in,unless you're going to use it with a proper U lock to secure your wheels.
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I would even say drop an extra 80 bucks on a 7.2. To me there is a decent upgrade in components between the two (rear derailleur, frame...) Or you could even look online for a 7.3 that is a year or two old...
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And +1 to dynaryder's point about the cable lock.
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good luck keeping that lab from towing you all over the place. he HAS to know HEEL so he'll NOT pull you before you start this. go very slow, make him walk not run on your right side, nose just off your feet, and you stop every time he pulls ahead. do short (~1/2 mile on a flat straight trail with minimum distractions) bike-walks, at least daily to train him.

labs love running, and they can run for miles if they are healthy, but if you don't get him trotting along side of you with a slack leash really early, you'll never control him. and a 80 lb dog lunging at the leash will make bicycle control REALLY hard.


I'm the owner of a yellow lab raised by tween girls. hopeless sleddog if she's on leash, and off leash she keeps running directly in front of my wheel and looking backwards. 85 lb lapdog, otherwise.
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^ ^ lol thanks guys. I'm glad yall chimed in here because i went with the trek 7.3 and i couldnt be any happier for my first bike. pierce, thanks for the good words regarding my puppy!

here are pics. i got a question though...

heres the bike...



question 1:

the lowest gear rubs on this spot:



Should I worry about the above problem?


2.front brake pad when rolling the bike is rubbing a little bit... should i look at it and try to fix it or bring her back to the guy who assembled it literally an hour ago?
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argh, I wrote a whole bit and lost it about adjusting the front derailleurs "L" limit screw, which s one of the two silver screws on the upper left of your pics. backing that screw out should allow the front derailleur cage to move farther to the right til its not scraping the chain. adjust this while in the lowest (largest, leftmost, rear sprocket).
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sweet thanks again. any input on the brakes? they are rubbing in the front very slightly...
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that thing has old fashion side pull brakes?




they can be a pain to center. you need to tweak the piece closest to the bridge that the spring goes through
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that thing has old fashion side pull brakes?




they can be a pain to center. you need to tweak the piece closest to the bridge that the spring goes through
If you bought the bike at a dealer, have them tweak and show you how. It should take ten minutes.
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If you bought the bike at a dealer, have them tweak and show you how. It should take ten minutes.

what he said.

except, I suspect this is a bigbox store bike.

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that thing has old fashion side pull brakes?




they can be a pain to center. you need to tweak the piece closest to the bridge that the spring goes through
Sure looks like V brakes to me.
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Just thought I'd throw this in about riding with your dog...

http://www.thedogoutdoors.com/walkyd...ike-leash.html

My dad bought one to use with their 1 yr old boxer, and loves it. keeps them far enough away so they don't get tangled, and still has some slack available so the dog isn't being dragged around.
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Personally, I would take it back to the dealer. It never should have left like that. They should know........

P.s. Nice bike!

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what he said.
except, I suspect this is a bigbox store bike.
He bought the Trek,they're only sold through dealers.
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@pluke the 2: this is the low limit screw:

(the one marked 'L')
Park Tool's site can show you how to adjust it to take out the rub. As for the brakes,that can be alot of things. The wheel could be a touch out of true,the cable could be too tight,one of the return springs could have some gunk in it;would have to see it to diagnose it. Most shops have some free adjustment policy,I'd take it to the shop and have them tweak it and ask what/how they did it.
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Sure looks like V brakes to me.
oops, I was looking at that Origin8 bike, which looked like a WallyWorld special...

anyways, yeah, vbrakes are easy to setup, but you should verify the rim is straight and not going side to side more than a tiny bit. make sure the brake cable isn't hung up on something, and if everything else is kosher, you tweak the little black screws near the pivots to center them. you adjust the brake pad angle and alignment with an allen wrench. if you bought this at a proper bike store, for sure, go on back, they should give the bike a once over and tweak anything thats off. sometimes wheels need a bit of retruing after they've been ridden a few dozen or 100 miles.
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Just thought I'd throw this in about riding with your dog...

http://www.thedogoutdoors.com/walkyd...ike-leash.html

My dad bought one to use with their 1 yr old boxer, and loves it. keeps them far enough away so they don't get tangled, and still has some slack available so the dog isn't being dragged around.

I'd be happy to sell someone mine.

my lab STILL tows so hard she twists my seatpost. I tried it with easy-walk harnesses, everything.
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thanks for all the help and kind words!

its raining right now but as soon as it stops i'm going for a ride.

are there any must have mods like water holder? lights? new seat? this things kills my ass
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