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Old 10-15-13, 11:33 AM   #1
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NEED HELP!!! Newbie looking for first bike.

Hi, everyone.

I've been looking to get a bike and needed some suggestions on which one to buy. I would be using the bike for mainly as another form of exercise on bike trails and a little bit on roads. The Diamondback Trace Comp and the Trek DS 8.3 are two bikes that I am considering. Would these be a good fit for what I want to do? Does anyone have any insight on these bikes? Any advice would be helpful. Also, if you need to know anymore info, just ask.

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Old 10-16-13, 05:17 PM   #2
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Both bikes are great bikes. However, I'd prefer a hardtail mtb to be used extensively on bike trails and country roads, if the terrain is particularly rocky or has much coarse gravel. OTOH, if much of the terrain is paved or has hard dirt surfaces, I just might go with either a hybrid or perhaps even your very own choices.
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Old 10-28-13, 08:44 AM   #3
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I would recommend a rigid mountain bike ( rigid front fork that is ). It would be lighter, less expensive and less to maintain than a suspension fork. ( disclaimer: I never had a suspension fork on my bikes. But I did test drive one or two . I'm never liked the nose-dive when hard-braking on
a suspension fork )

Or a Hybrid bike as well. A good wide tires ( 700x 32 or wider ) for better traction. and a good seatpost suspension
like the Thudbuster.
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Old 10-28-13, 12:24 PM   #4
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Lockout fork suspensions are fine for eliminating any nosedive, and great for when you need them. I hate suspension seat posts, because they always end up wiggling.

Ride a lot of bikes, and buy the one you fall in love with....
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Old 11-15-13, 07:34 AM   #5
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If it's your first real bike, I strongly recommend going used. Browse CraigsList. In my area, CL is full of rigid mountain bikes and hybrids. Hybrids are what people new-to-the-sport buy, and when those people find they've bought the wrong bike (type, size, etc.), or find they don't like pedaling, they end up on CL, almost new, and at a huge discount.

Plus, whatever you get, you're likely to not like after a year, but you'll learn a ton. Maybe you'll like road biking more than you thought, and want a real road bike. Maybe you'll like the dirt more than you thought and want a MTB. Or maybe you'll just ride a lot and discover you want a better, faster, lighter bike. (Or, more likely, you'll find out you want a bike that's slightly different in size.)

If you buy used, you can ride it for a year, find out what you really want/need, then sell it for about what you paid for it.
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Old 11-15-13, 07:43 AM   #6
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Since you are just beginning to ride bikes for exercise and a little on road, I think the hardtail mtb bike,CX or hybrid bike is good for you. It won't be expensive. When you turn out to find that you like a specific kind of cycling, say, mtb or road, then you may upgrade your bike to be carbon.
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Old 11-15-13, 01:28 PM   #7
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New Trek frames are life time covered by a warrantee. IDK about Diamond-back

names get sold, they may have nothing to do with their past , historical company.

1st Bike I recommend walking into a bike Shop. see touch and test ride.
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Old 11-17-13, 08:06 PM   #8
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My first real bike was a Giant Escape. Pretty hard to beat for the money.
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My first real bike was a Giant Escape. Pretty hard to beat for the money.
I've been happy happy happy with my Escape, put another 50 miles on it today even though I am recovering from a cold and the wind was blowing. Over 1,100 miles since July and no problems. I am back to using the saddle that came with it and am ok with it up to about 40 miles. After that I start thinking about shopping for something different for my hiney.
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If it's your first real bike, I strongly recommend going used. Browse CraigsList. In my area, CL is full of rigid mountain bikes and hybrids. Hybrids are what people new-to-the-sport buy, and when those people find they've bought the wrong bike (type, size, etc.), or find they don't like pedaling, they end up on CL, almost new, and at a huge discount.

Plus, whatever you get, you're likely to not like after a year, but you'll learn a ton. Maybe you'll like road biking more than you thought, and want a real road bike. Maybe you'll like the dirt more than you thought and want a MTB. Or maybe you'll just ride a lot and discover you want a better, faster, lighter bike. (Or, more likely, you'll find out you want a bike that's slightly different in size.)

If you buy used, you can ride it for a year, find out what you really want/need, then sell it for about what you paid for it.
I agree with BG. I'm in my second season of biking and I would suggest you try to find a cheaper(maybe "preowned") bike first. You will learn a lot in your first year of biking as I did. What you like and what you don't like. I just purchased a new Giant Escape RX-O and am beginning to really like it, but my first bike was a Wallymart mtb. It has its pros and cons as do most bikes. Get out there and do some biking before you spend some big $$$, unless you can afford to buy another bike in a year or so. Good luck to ya.
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Buying used is always good advice for starting out. You can likely sell the bike for around what you paid for it if you decide you dont like it. Of course if you do like it you can always sell it for what you paid for and upgrade. I have gone down the path of both used and new and I have eventually sold every bike to purchase another. The new ones I took a loss on and the used ones I sold for close to or as much as I purchased it.
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Old 11-23-13, 05:42 PM   #12
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If it's your first real bike, I strongly recommend going used. Browse CraigsList. In my area, CL is full of rigid mountain bikes and hybrids. Hybrids are what people new-to-the-sport buy, and when those people find they've bought the wrong bike (type, size, etc.), or find they don't like pedaling, they end up on CL, almost new, and at a huge discount.

Plus, whatever you get, you're likely to not like after a year, but you'll learn a ton. Maybe you'll like road biking more than you thought, and want a real road bike. Maybe you'll like the dirt more than you thought and want a MTB. Or maybe you'll just ride a lot and discover you want a better, faster, lighter bike. (Or, more likely, you'll find out you want a bike that's slightly different in size.)

If you buy used, you can ride it for a year, find out what you really want/need, then sell it for about what you paid for it.


This is EXACTLY what I did this Summer. It was my first real bike, but I had sticker shock to what they cost. After doing some research, I realized I had 2 choices. Either get a new, lower quality bike or a higher quality used bike. I chose the latter.

I searched on Craigslist for about a month and found a bike that fit me. I ended up buying a 2007 Trek 7200 for $180 that was in very good condition. It is the equivalent between the Trek DS 8.2 and 8.3. I paid $100 to replace the front tire and get a tune up. The thing is like brand new and I am all in at $280. This bike originally with all the extras that came with it to close to $650.

It showed me what a hybrid is like, which I love. I do mostly pavement and some light trails, which make the bike a good fit. If I was going to try out another bike I would try the Trek FX series and see how well that performs on light trails.

The other thing I found to be a bonus with older models is that some time the older bikes have better components than some of the new ones, or have the same components for a higher model new bike.

Take your time, you can get great deals now, in the Winter!!
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Wouldn't it be nice if the OP checked back in and respond to your answers. Too often on here people ask basic what bike question and never contribute again. It gives me the edgar brits.
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Old 11-24-13, 09:45 AM   #14
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I'm still in newbie category, I had a handful of K-Mart bikes of the MTB variety that I rode sparingly over the years, and finally got a "real bike" this past September. Trek Verve 1, $400 even at LBS. Just shy of 900 miles since, most on rail/trail and a little on paved roads.

I have learned:
1) I want to gravitate eventually towards a road type bike. (I have the seat as high as practical and the bars as low as they can go. I want 'em lower, but that means different bars eventually. A pair of economy Figure 8 bar extensions has helped.)

2) I don't need tread -- or, at least, very little. (The stock tires were Bontrager H5 700x35 with minimal middle tread and semi-aggressive outer tread, "lugs" I guess. Front tire in okay shape, back tire worn smooth and had a few "breaches" where rocks and glass bits worked their way through. LBS recommended a Race Lite Hardcase 700x32 for the back. I was concerned because it's a borderline slick tire. But I have rode it in the rain and wet leaves and over wooden bridges with just a few minor fishtails. Come spring, the front tire will likely be a Race Lite as well ... and I wouldn't mind eventually looking to drop down to 700x28s either.)

3) Once you get started purchasing add-ons and wardrobe, it's tough to stop. (I've gotten a rear rack, panniers, lights, frame pump, car carrier, handlebar bag, cyclocomputer, bar ends and tape, padded shorts, padded long pants, colder weather gloves, base layers, colder weather cycling Jersey, balaclava, a few sticks of Bodyglide, saddlebag w spare tube, tools, chain lube, lock, etc., etc., etc. .... some stuff you can go uber-economy with, some stuff it makes more sense to break down and buy GOOD stuff. This comes w trial and error.)

4) I love it. :-D

I think the Trek Verve 1 without suspension fork is a good starter, but will also agree that if you find a comparable used bike for less, do it. I have figured out, though, that a MTB type with suspension and fat aggressive tires is NOT for the terrain I normally ride. Good luck.
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Old 11-25-13, 10:51 PM   #15
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Thank you everyone for your input. I decided to take to used bike bath and see what I could find there. The trouble I'm having is finding a bike that is big enough for me. I need an XL frame and cant find a hybrid that has one. Does anyone know other sites besides Craigslist?
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Old 12-02-13, 10:07 AM   #16
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Have you tried looking on the "For Sale" section of this forum or the "Wanted to Buy"? At any rate, let us know here what you finally decided to do.
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