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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by z415 View Post
    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
    Last edited by RonH; 12-10-08 at 06:31 AM.
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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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