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Old 12-09-08, 02:13 PM   #1
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ineedsbikeplease!

o heeeeeeeeeey people!
I used to bike as a little boy and now wish to ride again!
There is a small problem,though. My old bike is a little small for me. I am now in the market for one, but I am quite lost in which one to get.

I am looking for a bike that can handle roads and paths well. I plan next summer to ride from Pittsburgh to DC on the trails. I plan to regularly bike as much as I run. I need a bike also that can take hills on (with roads). My budget is around $700, but I have more for accessories and such. Any advice? Thanks a bunch for it!
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Old 12-09-08, 02:37 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums. Read the stickies for how to choose a bike - they are somewhere around here.

I would suggest a nice, mechanically sound, steel, road bike for that price. If you don't want to try drop bars, go with a hybrid.
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Old 12-10-08, 07:27 AM   #3
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If you don't want to try drop bars, go with a hybrid.
Were you thinking of a flat bar road bike? That's what I'd recommend if you don't want drop handlebars Something in the Jamis Coda line.
http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebik...codasport.html
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Old 12-10-08, 09:06 AM   #4
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I would suggest a nice, mechanically sound, steel, road bike for that price. If you don't want to try drop bars, go with a hybrid.[/QUOTE]

i concur, a hybrid can work well for many aplications, most have braze-ons for front and rear racks which are great for commute or tour. the only downside that i've found is that the mtb groupo is a little small on the gear inch for me, when i first went out on a group ride i got dropped with a quickness because i was running a 22-32-42 crankset and now i keep looking for larger compact chainrings (aximoran?)

so check with lbs about all upgrade possibilities, most shops will trade out, at a small cost (depending on total amount spent), for others like drops for flats/risers, trigger shift for grip, barcons for downtube or combo shifters, etc...

research the suggestions here and in commutting and touring sections for more advice.
and remember that, for a $700 budget on bike alone, if they don't wanna work with you, go elsewhere.

but most importantly, find a comfortable frame that fits, you won't ride it if you aren't comfortable
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