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Old 05-05-13, 10:50 AM   #1
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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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Old 05-05-13, 02:02 PM   #2
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Will you be cycling up any hills or inclines?
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Old 05-05-13, 02:05 PM   #3
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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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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

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Old 05-05-13, 03:27 PM   #5
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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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