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Old 04-25-13, 11:23 AM   #1
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Which of the These Three Would You Choose.

Hi everyone-

New member here; looking at purchasing a hybrid & have narrowed it down to the following 3:

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...54_-1___000000
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...fe_latte_x.htm
http://www.loyolalimited.com/chainlinks/products.html

The cons of the Motobecane are it's a mail order so if something is wrong, you have to send it back; you have to take it to a LBS to tune up; can't try it out.

The con against the Specialized is that it's used (nothing wrong with that), but I figure for $20 more get a new bike.

Can't think of many cons for the Fuji as it's local and I have given it a test drive already. It felt comfortable, so I can't complain

Forgetting the cons, which bike looks to be the best bang for the buck? It looks like the Fuji normally goes for about $500, so to see it for $400 sweetens the pot

I'm going to be using this for leisurely rides through the forest preserve with the family 2-3 times per month & 1-2 times per month taking it on a 15-20 mile ride.

I'm about 6'2" & about 215 lbs.

Thanks in advance for your help.

PS-at the end, I'm most likely going to go with the Fuji as it makes the most sense since its new & local & they'll tune it before I bring it home. But it pays to listen to experienced bike riders & their opinion.

Thanks,

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Old 04-25-13, 11:54 AM   #2
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The Fuji looks like the winner. It's a smokin' deal.
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Agreed. The Motobecane has better parts,but you'll spend extra getting a shop to do a proper assembly. I'd have to see the Specialized in person to tell what kind of shape it's in,but that does sound a touch high for a prior rental.
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Keep shopping, I do not know what to say, (BUT THAT IS NOT A SMOKING DEAL) spend another 100.00 dollars and get something better. Seen a Trek 7.3 FX today (NEW) for 549.00, Sirrus Comp. TAX & TAGS out the door 500.00 dollars, The tires on that Fuji aren't worth 10..00 dollars, Performance just gave me a set they took off a new bike. Your paying FULL MSRP at 399.00..
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Since it's you that'll be riding the bike, go for a test ride and decide for yourself which bike feels the best and what you feel comfortable paying. Good luck!

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Since it's you that'll be riding the bike, go for a test ride and decide for yourself which bike feels the best and what you feel comfortable paying. Good luck!
Hey there-

I ended up buying the Fuji; the deciding factors were the items listed above in my original post. My budget was about $400 & that fell within it. I respect others opinions about the Treks & Specialized but I wanted to take into account that I'll need a helmet, locks, lights, etc. so to spend $500 + tax and then spend $50-$100 more would have been way over budget.

If end up liking the biking thing a lot, I can look to sell my Fuji & upgrade.

I still need a bike carrier; I can definitely see this getting $$$!!

I'm picking up the bike tonight, so I'll try posting pics this weekend.

Thanks for everyone's help!

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I bought a used absolute two summers ago and I just love riding that bike!
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