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    First Post: Please advice Hybrid or Mountain Bike...?

    Greetings all…

    With the New Year commencing. I wish to fulfil my long standing wish to begin cycling, so here I am to seek your inputs.

    Key points:

    • Need – To exercise and lose weight
    • Terrain of usage: City Roads (No off-roading as such)
    • Height: 5’7
    • Weight: 92kgs
    • Budget: 12K max
    • Type: Geared



    Could you please suggest:

    • Should I go for a Hybrid or a MT bike to best suit my requirements?
    • What are my options within the specified budget?
    • What size would best fit me?
    • Any other key pointers…?



    Look forward to a positive response.

    Thanking in advance!

    PS: A very Happy and Prosperous 2014 to all…

    Cheers!
    Last edited by ACyclingFreak; 01-02-14 at 05:17 AM.

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    Probably hybrid.
    However- Don't drop a huge amount of money on your 1st bike.
    Use it to decide what you REALLY want.

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    Hybrid, for sure. The shocks and other suspension-related components on a mtn bike rob your power by absorbing what you're trying to push to the rear wheel with up/down motion. Thus no need whatsoever if you're never going to see anything but road.

    In fact, some will even suggest you should just go full road bike but I am similarly very rarely on dirt/trail and I just like the way a hybrid sits & love a flat bar w/ ergo grips. Just a joy to ride.

    That said, ride many bikes and find one that suits you. Be aware that not everybody's frame sizing is the same. Example: Giant's XL is a 23" frame (huge) while most folks is a 21" frame. You'll probably be in a "Medium" sized frame but the same applies. When shopping, make sure the size fits you right. One medium could be 17" frame while another could be 19' so just be aware cuz it does make a difference.

    Lastly......Did you mean $12K U.S. dollars?? If so, you're giong to have a heck of a lot of fun shopping for bikes & will probably end up with 2 or more. If you meant, $1,200 than you'll still have plenty of fun. Recommended brands/models.....

    Cannondale Quick series (my bias)
    Specialized Sirrus series (my 2nd choice)
    Trek 7.4, 7.5, 7.6 FX series (highly regarded here)
    Giant Escape series (Giant makes more frames than anyone)
    GT Tachyon series
    Fuji Absolute series
    Diamondback Insight series

    and other brands somewhat less common depending on where you live. But, ideally, just avoid anything with shocks on it if you really are mostly road riding.

    Having just gone thru the process, I'm just regurgitating what I learned over the last couple months! Take your time & wait til you find the bike that fits you best. Remember....FIT is most important!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Kapaun View Post
    Probably hybrid.
    However- Don't drop a huge amount of money on your 1st bike.
    Use it to decide what you REALLY want.
    Thanks a ton! Really value your inputs, and will keep that in mind:-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by loimpact View Post
    Hybrid, for sure.

    Lastly......Did you mean $12K U.S. dollars?? If so, you're giong to have a heck of a lot of fun shopping for bikes & will probably end up with 2 or more. If you meant, $1,200 than you'll still have plenty of fun. Recommended brands/models.....

    Having just gone thru the process, I'm just regurgitating what I learned over the last couple months! Take your time & wait til you find the bike that fits you best. Remember....FIT is most important!

    Thanks for this fabulous insight and taking out your precious time to help me.

    My apologies, I should have been more clear. I am in India and so the budget is mere Rs. 12000/-. The one I like is ACT 110. Here's the link:

    http://www.bsahercules.com/product-features.asp?pid=200

    Could you possibly advise on this or any other in this price range...

    Thanks a billion

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    I'd look for a used bike. Then if you don't stick with it, you won't have a major investment. Excellent rigid chromoly steel mountain bikes from the 1990's can be had for less than $200. A set of smooth road tires on them for $40 make them ride as well as any hybrid. You would need a 15"-16" frame.

    There are many lightly used hybrids available too, but you'll likely spend more for them.

    My personal brand preferences are Trek, Gary Fisher, or Specialized.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ACyclingFreak View Post
    Thanks for this fabulous insight and taking out your precious time to help me.

    My apologies, I should have been more clear. I am in India and so the budget is mere Rs. 12000/-. The one I like is ACT 110. Here's the link:

    http://www.bsahercules.com/product-features.asp?pid=200

    Could you possibly advise on this or any other in this price range...

    Thanks a billion
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    I really don't see anything wrong with your listed choice.

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    While you're shopping, be sure to check out some road bikes too.

    I bought a hybrid (Giant Escape) a year and a half ago, and it is a great bike. I put 2000 miles on it, and decided to test ride some road bikes. I ended up buying an "endurance" road bike (Felt Z5) and have been putting a ton of miles on it.

    I thought that the more upright position of the hybrid would be the most comfortable for me, but I find the road bike much more comfortable to ride, especially longer distances, than the hybrid.

    The hybrid has become my "pickup truck" for trips to the store or if I'm gonna be on less than perfect pavement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlipKid65 View Post
    While you're shopping, be sure to check out some road bikes too.
    Thanks for the details. But here some of the road bikes are not available in the sense that the choices are limited, and the budget to as it will be my first bike I really don't intend to spend too much.

    I did look at some of the road bikes but couldn't underline one except for the one I posted a link for, which is a hybrid.


    Thanks for the insights.

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    Know little about the bikes in India.. that was the seller's location in link.

    In general the assembly worker's attention to detail

    is a lot of what the good or less, is, in the final bike sold ..

    and that is Unknown .... Is this from a shop specializing in Bicycles?

    the exchange rate in Rupees to dollar is also unknown ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Know little about the bikes in India.. that was the seller's location in link.

    In general the assembly worker's attention to detail

    is a lot of what the good or less, is, in the final bike sold ..

    and that is Unknown .... Is this from a shop specializing in Bicycles?

    the exchange rate in Rupees to dollar is also unknown ..
    The link was from a manufacturers site.

    I understand it is very difficult to comment without actually testing it out. It is from a shop which is primarily selling cycles of all types. The exchange rate at the moment is around Rs. 60 odd I guess...

    Thanks a lot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    I really don't see anything wrong with your listed choice.
    Thanks for the confirmation. I'm in the process of finalizing this or any other. I'll surely post some pics too. You guys are awesome!!!

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    Hi Friends and Experts,

    So the time has come when I finalise my purchase.

    But need your last bit of comments and expert advise. Here are the options that I've managed to short list:

    FireFox Cyclone
    Hercules ACT 110
    RockRider 5.0

    May I request for your final go ahead on the one I should buy.

    Please please advise!

    Thanks a lot!

    Pics will follow soon i.e once I have finalised it.

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    I've seen some India specific bike forums (I was looking because I was really curious to see what we get in India). Try asking there. Which part of India are you in? When I last visited Pune, I went to some bike shops (forget the area - somewhere near the railway station I think). I saw Cannondales there, about 25-30k - much higher than your budget. I believe there are bike shops in Bangalore though, where you will get cheaper, but still good, bikes. Try asking here: http://www.bikeszone.com/forum/

    For the models you listed - can you link them please?
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    Quote Originally Posted by treadtread View Post
    I've seen some India specific bike forums (I was looking because I was really curious to see what we get in India). Try asking there. Which part of India are you in? When I last visited Pune, I went to some bike shops (forget the area - somewhere near the railway station I think). I saw Cannondales there, about 25-30k - much higher than your budget. I believe there are bike shops in Bangalore though, where you will get cheaper, but still good, bikes. Try asking here: http://www.bikeszone.com/forum/

    For the models you listed - can you link them please?
    Thanks TreadTread - I have looked through the forum. I must say was quite informative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Kapaun View Post
    Probably hybrid.
    However- Don't drop a huge amount of money on your 1st bike.
    Use it to decide what you REALLY want.

    so true, my recent hybrid was a Gary Fisher Montare. I found myself riding on roads and bike paths. Enentually I realized that i should be riding a road bike and thats what I now ride the most. Start off with ahybrid. If a mountain uke is what you eventually gravitate towords than make it your second bike.

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