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    Need Help Choosing My First Bike

    Hello all,

    I've been perusing this forum for the past day or so and feel I have gathered enough information to post a coherent thread. So I want to make my first bike purchase (I was in high school when I had my last bicycle) and all I know, thus far, is that I want a Hybrid bicycle and (if at all possible) to stay under/around $600. The cheaper the better as I am on somewhat of a budget but I would rather wait/save longer for a quality bicycle than purchase an inferior product.

    A little about myself/riding situation:
    I live in the WNY area (Buffalo)... thanks to the snow and salt, our streets are not what you would call *pristine*.
    I'm 6' tall and weigh 200lbs.
    My riding, at least to start, would consist of riding to work (7.5mi each way) and riding around my neighborhood for exercise (thinking 30-60 minute rides to start... looking to get into better shape).
    I would prefer a bicycle with fenders as I would be commuting with it.
    I don't need a million gears (but I don't want single-gear either)... I feel the 7-9 range would be fine for what I'm using the bike for.
    I do not want a fixed gear bike.
    I don't think I need/want disc brakes.


    I have spent several hours researching bikes I've read about on here over the past few days and I believe I have narrowed the list down to a somewhat acceptable number. I was hoping if anyone knew about any of these they may be able to tell me why one would be better than another, etc.

    Also, before I list all the bikes I have a question out of pure curiosity/ignorance: are the step-through model bicycles only made for women? And, if so, is there any reason men couldn't ride them? I ask because, to me, it just seems more convenient to have the lower/more accessible frame.

    So, without further adieu:
    Specialized Globe Work 2/Work 2 Step-Through - $600
    Specialized Globe Daily 1/Daily 1 Step-Through - $600
    Specialized Globe Daily 2/Daily 2 Step-Through - $700 (are the components worth the extra $100?)
    Jamis Commuter 2/Commuter 2 Step-Over - $560
    Jamis Commuter 3/Commuter 3 Step-Through - $750 (Again, worth the extra cost?)
    Giant Via 1 - $600

    So these are the ones that have enticed me thus far... I think I'm leaning towards the Globe Work 2 personally. I'd love to hear your input and if you know of any similar bicycles to these that you would recommend I would certainly be open to researching those as well!

    Thanks for all the help!

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    I've seen plenty of older guys ride step-thrus.

    IMHO, you should ride what you wanna and wear what you wanna, as long as you pay for it legally and have the confidence to sport it!

    All of the bikes you've listed are great bikes!

    I would suggest that you go to all of the local bike shops in your region and test ride as many bikes that you can. The one that calls your name is the one you take home!

    Checkout the Jamis Coda Comp too!
    Last edited by WestPablo; 04-29-14 at 05:56 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPablo View Post
    I've seen plenty of older guys ride step-thrus.

    IMHO, you should ride what you wanna and wear what you wanna, as long as you pay for it legally and have the confidence to sport it!
    Okay, I just wasn't sure if there was any actual difference between the diamond and step-through models other than any silly stigma associated with one or the other. I couldn't care less what people think of what I'm riding as long as it suits my needs!

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    Ck the Giants closely. You almost always seem to get more for your dollar with Giant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowyCycles View Post
    Okay, I just wasn't sure if there was any actual difference between the diamond and step-through models other than any silly stigma associated with one or the other. I couldn't care less what people think of what I'm riding as long as it suits my needs!
    In terms of strength, diamond shaped bikes are made structurally stronger than step thrus, due to their cohesive angles. However, that strength would most likely not be tested unless you're involved in some type of an accident. God forbid...

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    I've done (a lot) more research today and now think I am heavily leaning towards the Giant Escape City... it seems to offer everything I'm looking for at a reasonable price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowyCycles View Post
    I've done (a lot) more research today and now think I am heavily leaning towards the Giant Escape City... it seems to offer everything I'm looking for at a reasonable price.
    The Giant Escape is a great choice!

    It's an excellent performance hybrid. I say, go for it!

    Just make certain that it fits...
    Last edited by WestPablo; 04-30-14 at 03:46 AM.

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