Confused Newbie! Hybrid, Comfort, Dual Sport?!?!?
I am looking to get me and my wife bikes, but getting confused with all the different categories. Not looking to spend a lot of money, 300 max per bike. We will be using them maybe 2 times a month on the weekends mostly on paved roads and some downhill grass trails.
Also some of paved trails aren't that great usually lots of sticks and other "nature" on them since their kind of in the woods. We aren't looking for all out mountain bikes, but something that would lean more towards that direction while still having efficiency. New or Used is fine.
What would yall suggest? We've been to the local shops, looked at some Raleighs and Diamondbacks. Diamondbacks where closer to our price but wasn't sure which model we need.
$300 max per bike is pretty low for a decent quality bike, you might want to look at used bikes so you can picke from a better brand than Diamondback. Raleigh makes a good bike for the money. $400 is more likely to get you a good entry level bike, unless you buy used. Used is a good route though, lots of people think they are going to ride and don't and you can get some good bikes for not a lot of money if you play your cards right.
A hybrid will fit your needs. I doubt you'll need the suspension offered by the DS and the comfort bikes prob won't fit your needs over the long run.
Do I need to look for fork suspension or rigid?
Originally Posted by teicher
Also what's some used brand/models I might want to check out
You can pick up some diamondback insights pretty reasonable new. I have a diamondback and its been a great bike. Just remember when your bike shopping to look at the name on the components and not the name of the bike as a whole. Diamondbacks carry a 1 year warranty and will work with your lbs should any problems arise. Great bikes from a great company. Don't let the name dissuade you...
Rigid fork ought to be fine.
Some brands I'd look for are Giant, Trek, Specialized, Fuji, Raleigh, Kona, Marin, etc.
Basically, look for nice bikes that sold for more than $300 new, but weren't ridden much and can now be had for less. Might also shop around and see if any of the 2013 models are on clearance, it's time for the 2014 models to come out that usually means good sales at the shops.
Go to a bike shop and test ride bikes , it is pretty simple, computer not needed.
Your current budget limits the quality of the components on a new bike. Buying used requires a small eye of expertise in bicycle mechanics. Also, while the used bike might be mechanically sound, it will need to fit perfectly, and you should test ride it for a few miles before you finally pull the trigger.
I would suggest that you research the Flatbar road bikes on the Nashbar.com website. They do offer both a male and female model for $299 each. Ordering online can get pretty dicey with correct sizing and all.
Nashbar.com is having a 20% off sale today and tomorrow, you could pick up a GT traffic 4.0 for less than $300, shipping brings it to about $315. The Nashbar flat bar road bike, with the 20% off, is down to $240. It would be tough to find a better deal than that.