Join Date: Sep 2009
Bikes: Schwinn Nu-City, Trek 800 Mountain Sport, Kingston 3 speed
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Hi all. Newbie here. Like many baby boomers, I'm just now getting into riding bikes again for the first time in many years. I've found a lot of nice trails near me. Mostly all asphalt with a few gravel ones. My current bike is a 1989 Schwinn Neu Citi. I'm now in the market for something better, as I have more time and a few more $. Here is my question for you guys that know much more about bikes than I. I've come across two bikes in pawn shops. One is a 2006 Specialized Crossroads Elite. The other is a Trek 7.5 FX. The price on the Specialized is $200, and the Trek is $270. Both bikes show normal wear. Mostly scratches from locks and minor rust. If you were I which would you purchase? Or maybe I should look into getting a new entry level hybrid in the $300-$400 range? Thanks for any advice you can offer. I should add that I would probably be riding between 100-200 miles weekly.