Hello Guys, This is my first post, sorry for the length, I'm coming from a Cannondale Killer V 500 USA handmade bike, wrong size for me I think as I'm 6' 2", but it was a great trade deal at the time and I was a very broke college kid. Seemly finding a USA made bike today is a sad thing of the past, unless we want to pony up some serious bones when it is all said and done.
Which is not what we want to do at this time, it seems you can get a really nice bike today for under $600 - $1000 and be very happy with it for 20+ years, with normal maintenance.
Now this bike I own mind you is a true Frankenbike now, I received it this way, see photos below, it's not a bad bike per say, it's just not the right size for me I think not sure how to find what the size is.
After 20 years of good use I did not care, now I do, maybe I can make it work, size wise, maybe it's just time for something new.
After a recent 20 mile ride, on-road, old-school sidewalks, stone, and some off road trails, I felt like a hunchback and my neck it sore from that ride.
So my new choice that seemly is a nice bike, components wise, warranty, support and styling is this 30 speed 2015 Trek 8.6 DS DuoTrap S. For a bike made in China, it's seems like a really nice setup, China sticker has to go lol. But will it give me a solid 20-30 years of use, like my Cannondale did, that I can not be sure of? It seems like a nice bike, I even like the idea for an additional approx. $40 - $50 I can have a wireless speed and cadence sensor built into the bike frame. I do not see any things that give me a cause for long-term concern yet. I like the shock idea, lockout on the bar seem nice, but would rather have more control over the shocks adjustments. Seems other models have this, but then I lose the look and feel I seem to like, mind you I can't find one to test yet.
I have to order it first, but I do not have to take it if I do not like it, so that is what I will do with my LBS.
Now we come to her bike, it's a Target variety Schwinn 700c Model that is also not the correct size for her, I think it's a 16" frame, not sure, she is 5' 9" and well IMHO her bike is not worth putting any money into, see below.
So her new choice after test riding one at a LBS on yet another 16" frame is a 2014 Trek Neko, they had no 18" frames available in that model for sale but we found one and have it on hold in another location and it is a 18" frame 2014 Trek Neko SL WSD (Gary Fisher Collection). Seemly a good reviewed bike for the money and again she likes the look and feel of the bike, it seems nice.
So with these two choices, are their any good solid alternatives around the same fees? My only concern with hers and it will be a PITA to keep clean.
Thanks all for your time, I'm trying to get educated before finalizing any orders. This forum seems like a really great place to start.