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    Looking for recommendations for a Hybrid - commuter bike for $500 or less

    Hey guys,

    I have been looking on craigslist, and top hybrid bike websites, and i keep getting mixed reviews and opinions on what type of bike i should get.


    So the title pretty much says it all.

    I am looking for a bike which is primarily for biking to work (aprox 6 km away)

    I don't want a road bike, cause there are the ocasional light trails i may go on, and un-paved roads.

    Does anyone have a recommendation for a bike in the 400-500$ range?

    thanks!

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    Welcome to the board. There are plenty of similar threads on here, so if you do some searching, you should be able to get some ideas. Also, it could depend on what you can buy locally. What brands to your local shops carry? Take some test rides and see what feels best to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emazzuca View Post
    Hey guys,

    I have been looking on craigslist, and top hybrid bike websites, and i keep getting mixed reviews and opinions on what type of bike i should get.


    So the title pretty much says it all.

    I am looking for a bike which is primarily for biking to work (aprox 6 km away)

    I don't want a road bike, cause there are the ocasional light trails i may go on, and un-paved roads.

    Does anyone have a recommendation for a bike in the 400-500$ range?

    thanks!

    What if it costs even less than $400 like this one:
    www.rei.com/product/854939/schwinn-city-ig3-bike-20

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cfiber View Post
    What if it costs even less than $400 like this one:
    www.rei.com/product/854939/schwinn-city-ig3-bike-20
    Thanks Cfiber,

    i actually came across that one, and it looked good,

    but i had a budget of about 500$ so i wasn't sure if it was one of those scenarios where its better to spend more if i could.

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    What local bike shops do you have around you? All major manufacturers have something that will work for you, in the price range you indicated. Find a bike shop you like, and try out a few. At that price point, there isn't much difference, so buy the one that seems to fit the best. FWIW - I tested the Giant Escape, Trek FX, Cannondale Quick and Specialized Sirrus models and bought the (base) Specialized Sirrus for $450 + tax.
    http://treadrightly.blogspot.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by erg79 View Post
    Welcome to the board. There are plenty of similar threads on here, so if you do some searching, you should be able to get some ideas. Also, it could depend on what you can buy locally. What brands to your local shops carry? Take some test rides and see what feels best to you.
    Thanks erg79,

    I was expecting a message like this, and deserve it.

    I looked around a bit, and saw some general questions similar to mine, but i though mine was a little more specific.

    stores near me.. i live in toronto so i am assuming i have access to most types of bikes.

    Clearly i am showing my ignorance in the topic, which is why i succumbed to asking for help on this forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emazzuca View Post
    Thanks Cfiber,

    i actually came across that one, and it looked good,

    but i had a budget of about 500$ so i wasn't sure if it was one of those scenarios where its better to spend more if i could.
    You would be getting this bike for almost half price. It's quite obviously worth more than a mesly $339...

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    the one i saw that looked similar was Schwinn Discover Men’s Hybrid Bike (700C Wheels) : Best Purchase Schwinn Discover Mens Hybrid Bike (700C Wheels ...


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    Quote Originally Posted by emazzuca View Post
    the one i saw that looked similar was Schwinn Discover Men’s Hybrid Bike (700C Wheels) : Best Purchase Schwinn Discover Mens Hybrid Bike (700C Wheels ...
    Nope! That's another animal altogether!

    However, if you live in Toronto, there are no REI's in Canada. So therefore, just forget about this deal, anyway.

    I would suggest that you checkout the KHS Urban Xcape, the Jamis Allegro, or the Diamondback Insight.
    Last edited by Cfiber; 05-06-13 at 01:06 PM.

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    oh, I see,

    The one you suggested, is that a ladies bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by emazzuca View Post
    oh, I see,

    The one you suggested, is that a ladies bike?
    If it belonged to a lady, it would be!

    Nah___! If you look on the Schwinn website, you'll see that they have a couple other Schwinn City mens bikes styled in the same manner.

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    I'd take a look at the Giant Escape. The Escape 2 and Escape 3 models are within your price range, and either would be a great bike. If you could swing little more, the Escape City comes with fenders and a rack and would also make an excellent commuter bike.

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    I just went all over the good ol' Toronto looking for a hybrid. I ended up getting mine from Sweet Pete's because they offered some better options (two years instead of one at some of the other shops), and because the service was pretty amazing.

    Obviously YMMV.

    I checked out a few: Norco Yorkville, Giant Cypress, Kona Dew, Trek FX (a little above the 500 price point) and a few others. Most in the price point will have similar components, but differ in your local store, your fit, etc.

    I didn't really dig the Kona one because it felt tighter/shorter in the tube coming from a cruiser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomCat_Ford View Post
    I'd take a look at the Giant Escape. The Escape 2 and Escape 3 models are within your price range, and either would be a great bike. If you could swing little more, the Escape City comes with fenders and a rack and would also make an excellent commuter bike.
    thanks for the advice!

    I will look for one of these bikes,

    though i can't find anywhere in Toronto that sells the Escape City

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    Quote Originally Posted by elly View Post
    I just went all over the good ol' Toronto looking for a hybrid. I ended up getting mine from Sweet Pete's because they offered some better options (two years instead of one at some of the other shops), and because the service was pretty amazing.

    Obviously YMMV.

    I checked out a few: Norco Yorkville, Giant Cypress, Kona Dew, Trek FX (a little above the 500 price point) and a few others. Most in the price point will have similar components, but differ in your local store, your fit, etc.

    I didn't really dig the Kona one because it felt tighter/shorter in the tube coming from a cruiser.

    Thanks Elly!

    I will ty and check out Sweet Pete's and see what i can get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emazzuca View Post
    thanks for the advice!

    I will look for one of these bikes,

    though i can't find anywhere in Toronto that sells the Escape City
    My local Giant dealer also didn't carry that in the store. It would feel like the Escape 1. If you like the feel of that, ask if they could order the Escape City for you. Assuming that there aren't any supply issues on Giant's end, it shouldn't be that hard, as they're already a Giant distributor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erg79 View Post
    My local Giant dealer also didn't carry that in the store. It would feel like the Escape 1. If you like the feel of that, ask if they could order the Escape City for you. Assuming that there aren't any supply issues on Giant's end, it shouldn't be that hard, as they're already a Giant distributor.
    Thanks for the tip!

    I will ask them about it and feel them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emazzuca View Post
    Thanks for the tip!

    I will ask them about it and feel them out.
    Good call. If you like the Escape, I would think that the City would be perfect for your intended use. You don't think about all instances where fenders come in handy, but they're sure nice to have. For example, was that puddle you just rode through water, or did it come from that Great Dane a ways down the MUP.

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