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    Good beginner bike? Looking at either Trek 7.2 or something in the $300 range.

    My girlfriend and I are both looking to buy some bikes I am looking to buy a decent bike for riding around recreational purposes. We probably won't be riding every day, but more likely a few times a week for an hour or two. Almost all of the riding will be done on a paved surface or bike path. We were looking into the Trek 7.2, but at $550 each, plus tax, helmets, locks, accessories, it gets us up to almost $1400 which is a lot. I don't mind spending that much, but I wanted to also know if there were any decent bike options in the ~$300 range. None of our local bike shops had bikes cheaper than that ~$500 or so Trek 7.2 range, but I don't know if there are any decent cheaper ones that you could get at a sports authority type store instead. I've also tried to find used 7.2's for sale but have not had any luck locally. Any suggestions?

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    Will you be cycling up any hills or inclines?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cfiber View Post
    Will you be cycling up any hills or inclines?
    Yea.. I'd definitely want a 21/24 speed instead of a single speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drdavidge View Post
    Yea.. I'd definitely want a 21/24 speed instead of a single speed.
    Alright then, checkout the REI outlet website:
    www.rei.com/outlet/category/22000029

    I like these at < $500:

    *Schwinn City IG3
    Diamondback Insight
    Marin Hamilton
    Marin Pioneer Trail
    Marin Bridgeway
    Last edited by Cfiber; 05-05-13 at 03:19 PM.

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    Giant Escape 3 is below $500, I think. Also, Scott makes some interesting bikes. I rode one of their hybrids at R.E.I. and liked it. It was either the Sportster or the Speedster.
    Good luck!

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