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    Hi guys, I'm a 23 year old male from NYC, new to the forum and the biking community as well.

    I have a cheap bike I've rode maybe a dozen times last year, but I'm looking to get into the sport. I plan to ride mostly in the roads of Manhattan and Queens, so not exactly smooth road riding, but not MTB either.

    Right now I'm leaning towards getting a new hybrid hardtail... new b/s I don't have time to search on craiglist for old bikes, hybrid b/c i dont think the streets of NYC (even with all its potholes and rough spots) justify getting a full blown MTB (unless there's some locals who disagree), and hardtail b/c i've been told full suspensions can easily cost $1k+ (im looking to spend $500 on a new bike).

    That's it, great forum here, looking fwd to cheking it out.

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    Hello aeyoo83, if you've already got a cheap bike at least you can keep riding that until you come to a satisfactory conclusion for your upgrade. There are a lot of choices out there, so take a look around the forums (General Cycling is a good one to start) and see if we can't give you some help.

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    Welcome aeyoo! Before you decide on a style, I'd try hitting up the bike shops and trying out roadies, cross bikes, track bikes, mtbs and hybrid/cruisers to see which style you like. Hybrids/cruisers usually are heavy and don't do anything well (not fast, not good on mtb trails, more upright position for comfort, but not good in a headwind, etc.) I ride a cyclocross frame fixed wheel w/ 28's for comfort and it's a good mix of speed, comfort and durability.
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    Welcome!

    I ride a road bike with 700x25 tires to work every day and it's been holding up fine so far over pretty much everything i've thrown at it. If I were you, I'd take a long hard look at either a road bike or a flat bar road bike. It would be much much lighter, faster, and you won't have to work as hard.

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    Welcome.

    I'd agree with getting either a cyclecross - if you want to run big tires in particular - or a road bike. I run a road bike on 23's and 28's. If you are doing any distance at all you will quickly find that a Hybrid can be tiring especially into a headwind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slvoid
    Welcome!

    I ride a road bike with 700x25 tires to work every day and it's been holding up fine so far over pretty much everything i've thrown at it. If I were you, I'd take a long hard look at either a road bike or a flat bar road bike. It would be much much lighter, faster, and you won't have to work as hard.
    ^^^ good advice!

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    Yeah, what they said. I just moved to NYC/Queens myself, and I wish I had done a little more research with my bike choice. I have a diamondback hybrid, and it's...OK, but like Jyo said, nasty in the headwinds, and not very fast. Go cyclecross. I'll be buying one this summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aeyoo83
    Hi guys, I'm a 23 year old male from NYC, new to the forum and the biking community as well.

    I have a cheap bike I've rode maybe a dozen times last year, but I'm looking to get into the sport. I plan to ride mostly in the roads of Manhattan and Queens, so not exactly smooth road riding, but not MTB either.

    Right now I'm leaning towards getting a new hybrid hardtail... new b/s I don't have time to search on craiglist for old bikes, hybrid b/c i dont think the streets of NYC (even with all its potholes and rough spots) justify getting a full blown MTB (unless there's some locals who disagree), and hardtail b/c i've been told full suspensions can easily cost $1k+ (im looking to spend $500 on a new bike).

    That's it, great forum here, looking fwd to cheking it out.
    Well, I give you credit for riding in NYC traffic! I'm not sure I'd even be comfortable driving in that mess (IMO, it's worse than Boston which has a terrible reputation as a place to drive, and rightfully so).

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    i think a cross bike is a good choice for what you want. personally, i would have drop bars...only because it will give you extra hand positions for when you want to take longer rides and will get you used to riding them in the event you want to swtich over to road cycling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jolt
    Well, I give you credit for riding in NYC traffic! I'm not sure I'd even be comfortable driving in that mess (IMO, it's worse than Boston which has a terrible reputation as a place to drive, and rightfully so).
    i'm not comfortable driving in NYC traffic either. it feels much safer to be on a bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmhaan
    i'm not comfortable driving in NYC traffic either. it feels much safer to be on a bike.
    Interesting...maybe I'll have to try riding in Boston sometime and see if the same is true for me (I know I hate driving there--thank goodness for the commuter rail and the T).

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    Unless you live by the waterfront with all those severe cobblestones there's really no reason for a mountain bike. Our streets abd bike paths are a lot better than you might think.

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    Road bars are definitely the way to go.

    If you are riding in traffic you will end up cutting a flat bar down to the width of a road bar anyway so you aren't losing anything by using a road bar. Plus road bars just seem to balance better.

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